How to Sync via Bluetooth
Sometimes we are in too much of a hurry (or on calls constantly) to plug our Shadows with a USB cable. This is where Bluetooth sync comes in handy. This How-To is for Windows computers. You will need a Windows Vista or XP computer with Bluetooth. If yours doesn’t have Bluetooth you can always buy a Bluetooth USB dongle on the cheap and install the software yourself (I suggest IOGear as they are a well known company). If you want to learn more about setting this up read more.
The process is fairly simple. You need to establish a partnership between your PC and the Shadow (or any Windows Mobile Smartphone) To do this you need to make the Shadow visible over Bluetooth. Go to Start > Comm Manager > Settings > Bluetooth > Bluetooth > Menu > Turn On Visibility.
Next you need your PC to find the Shadow over Bluetooth. This might differ from PC to PC but basically on your PC go to Start > Control Panel > Bluetooth Devices > Add. This is where it might differ wildly. At this point you should be guided through a discovery process and the Shadow should show up in the list of devices.
When you select the Shadow to be added you will be asked to choose a pass key. Consider this a PIN between your PC and Smartphone. It can be whatever you want. Enter it on the PC and you will be asked to enter the pass key on the Shadow. Once you have done these few steps a partnership will be created. Sometimes you will be asked to confirm the services you want to use. Make sure you select Activesync on both the PC and Shadow if you get a choice.
Now to enable syncing over Bluetooth. On Vista go to Start > Windows Mobile Device Center > Mobile Device Settings. Make sure that the box is checked for “Allow connections to one of the following” and the drop down box has Bluetooth selected. For XP users, Go to Start > Activesync > File > Connection Settings > Check the box ‘Allow Connections to one of the following’ > and ensure Bluetooth is selected. If it doesn’t show in the list then it wasn’t installed correctly.
Now to initiate the syncing from the Shadow. Go to Start > Activesync > Menu > Connect Via Bluetooth. Your Smartphone should begin connecting with your PC. If you have already synced with this PC before then you won’t need to establish a new Sync partnership.
Because of the wide variety of 3rd party Bluetooth stacks and software it can be difficult to troubleshoot problems. Most Vista PCs that come with Bluetooth will have the same process as described above.
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