ActiveSync, a synchronization program developed by Microsoft allows a mobile device to be synchronized with a Desktop PC. Other than syncing your contacts, calendar, tasks and notes you can also sync the Emails on the Exchange server.
ActiveSync also allows you to
- Copy files between PC and the Mobile Device
- Install/Uninstall Mobile Applications
ActiveSync can also be used to connect to a network or Internet. The connected device can use the computer’s network connection as if it were its own. You can use this feature to perform tasks such as downloading non-Outlook e-mail messages or to browse the Internet.
The above feature was the primary reason I wanted to setup a ActiveSync partnership via Bluetooth on my HTC Touch Smartphone. The device did have Wi-Fi capabilities;however the minute I turned it on, it used to suck the handset battery big time !
Fortunately Bluetooth wasn’t that damaging on the battery and hence is an ideal way to sync with your PC and also happens to be the best way to connect to Internet as well !!
Here is a step by step guide to setup ActiveSync via Bluetooth
(Note that the snapshots and features correspond to ActiveSync 4.5 and a Windows Mobile 6 powered Device)
- Setup a Bluetooth partnership between the device and PC
I am not going to write in detail about this step. The above process essentially involves turning on the Bluetooth on both your PC and Handset, making them discoverable and adding the Bluetooth device to the “Devices” list. Optionally you can also setup a secure partnership by associating a passkey.
- Add Incoming Bluetooth COM port on your PC
The Bluetooth Settings on your PC has a tab to configure the Bluetooth COM ports. Add one Incoming port (device initiates the connection) as shown below
- Set the Bluetooth COM port in the ActiveSync connection settings dialog.
- On your Handset go to Start -> Settings -> Connections -> Bluetooth
- Your PC should be listed in the Devices Tab (If step 1 was successfully done)
- Click on the PC device in the list to open the “Partnership Settings” screen. After clicking on the “Refresh” button, you should see a “ActiveSync” service listed as shown below
- Open ActiveSync on your Mobile Device : Start -> Programs -> ActiveSync
- Click on Menu -> Connect via Bluetooth ! If the ActiveSync partnership has been configure properly as described above, you should see activity on ActiveSync running both on PC and the mobile device. If your PC is connected to the Internet, the same will also be used by your Bluetooth connected mobile device.
If you had any trouble getting the ActiveSync to work via Bluetooth, feel free to raise the issue in the comments section 🙂