Windows Phone 7 might not have been as successful as Microsoft originally meant it to be, but the Mango platform still enjoys a few perks that no other platform can ever have, simply owing to the impressive number of services owned by MS. WP7’s integration with SkyDrive and Office has earned it a small but loyal fan-base in a world dominated by iOS and Android. There are quite a few problems with Windows Phone 7, but when it comes to SkyDrive integration, things usually work out quite smoothly. However, there are a few minor issues with SkyDrive and WP7 integration, the largest of which is the automatic reduction of image resolution if you want to sync photos from your phone to SkyDrive via Zune. This is actually a feature in WP7, rather than a bug, as uploading full resolution images means using more of your data plan, which can be a big problem unless you are subscribed to an unlimited package, or always use Wi-Fi. Luckily though, it is possible to take matters into your hand, and choose the resolution for photos to be synced with SkyDrive from your WP7.
Using Zune is unavoidable if you own a Windows Phone 7 device. The tool is pretty well-designed and uncomplicated, and most of the options are laid out quite clearly. Believe it or not, Zune has got a straightforward solution for turning off the resolution reduction feature in WP7. The instructions provided below can also be of use to you if you want to learn to set up automatic syncing of photos from your Windows Phone to SkyDrive via the service’s synced folder on your PC.
- Launch Zune on your computer (you don’t need to have your phone connected to the PC).
- Click the Settings button located in the top right corner of Zune.
- Choose the Phone tab.
- Navigate to the Pictures & Videos option in the sidebar.
- In the Image Quality section, select the Original option, rather than the Default for this device one.
- Now that you have taken care of the image resolution settings, time to set up the automatic syncing of photos with your SkyDrive folder. In the same Photos & Videos menu, you will see a button labeled Manage. Click it.
- Hit the Add button in the dialog box that comes up after hitting Manage, and point Zune to your SkyDrive folder.
- Right-click the SkyDrive folder you just added to Zune, and set it as your default folder for photo syncing.
That’s all there is to it, and now all your Windows Phone photos will get synced automatically with your SkyDrive account, and that too in full resolution.