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Synchronizing Contacts, Calendar, ToDo's...

iSync is a nice utility that comes with Mac OS X to synchronize Address Book, iCal, and ToDo list entries with mobile phones over Bluetooth. A number of phones are supported out of the box (see here); support for additional Nokia phones (such as the N95) can be added by downloading the Nokia iSync plugin.

If you already paired your phone with your Mac over Bluetooth prior to installing the appropriate iSync plugin for your phone, you may need to reconfigure the Bluetooth link. Go to System Preferences -> Bluetooth, select your phone, and from the pulldown menu at the bottom of the device selection pane, select "Configure this device...". You should now see the option "Set up iSync to transfer contacts and events" - make sure it is checked.


Source(s): Mac OS X solutions


Transferring Files, Pictures, Music

Ways to connect

There are several options for transferring data between your Mac and your phone, both over Bluetooth (wireless connection) and USB (wired connection).

Via Bluetooth (Wireless)

Once you have paired your phone with your Mac over Bluetooth, you can immediately send files or browse your phone's filesystem via the Bluetooth status applet in your menu bar. (If you do not see this applet, enable it by selecting "Show Blueooth status in the menu bar" in the "Blueooth" System Preferences panel first). Choose "Send File..." to send a file to the phone's messaging inbox; open it on the phone simply by opening this message. This is a quick way to send e.g. .SIS/.SISX/.JAD/.JAR files for installation.

Under Mac OS X 10.5 (a.k.a. Leopard), you can also right-click on any file in the Finder, and choose More -> Send file to... -> Your phone .

Alternatively, you can select "Browse Device" within the Bluetooth menu bar applet to open a simple Bluetooth device browser, in which you can do simple operations (e.g. create directory, move items, drag/drop files to/from your Mac OS X desktop).


Source(s): Mac OS X solutions


Via USB Mass Storage (Wired)

When you connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable, you have a choice between several "modes" (PC Suite, Data transfer, Image print, or Media Player - the exact choices may vary by phone). If you select the Data transfer mode, the phone's mass memory device (memory card or built-in mass storage device) will be mounted as a disk drive on your Mac desktop, where you can simply drag and drop files to and from the Mac. By default, iPhoto also opens up, allowing you to import any photos from this drive (if not, open the "Image Capture" utility, then in the application menu, select "Preferences", and change the "When a camera is connected, open:" to your liking).

Note that while in this mode, the phone itself will not be able to access the mass memory ("Drive E:"), so some applications might not run. Also, your Mac will store various "hidden" files and directories on the drive (named such things as ".Spotlight-V100", ".DS_Store", ".Trash", "._.Trash", ".Trashes", "._.Trashes", ".fseventsd"...), containing resource information, Finder settings, and the like; if you later want to remove these, you will need a file manager capable of viewing these items (e.g. the excellent Y-Browser by DrJukka).


Source(s): Mac OS X solutions


Using Nokia Multimedia Transfer (USB or Bluetooth)

Finally, for Nokia phones, another and perhaps cleaner option is to download and install Nokia Multimedia Transfer. This is a Menu Bar applet that communicates with the phone either over USB (with the phone in PC Suite mode) or over Bluetooth, and has various options for downloading and/or synchronizing photos to iPhoto, songs and playlists to/from iTunes, and browser bookmarks to/from Safari. It also has a generic "Device Browser" that allows you to access the phone's file system (both the phone memory/drive "C:" and mass storage/drive "E:") to browse and transfer files by between your Mac OS X system and the phone. To use it, you select the PC Suite mode when connecting your phone to your Mac. Tip: Set PC Suite as the default mode, and disable the "Ask on connection" option on your phone (go to Settings -> Connection -> USB or similar).


Source(s): Mac OS X solutions


Embedding artwork in your music files

By default, music files that you rip off CD's in iTunes will not have album art embedded in them. Although iTunes allows you to "Get Album Artwork", this is stored in a separate location within your iTunes folder. To embed them inside the .m4a or .mp3 files, so that the album art shows up in the Music Player on your device, follow these steps:

  • Locate the artwork. If you have successfully obtained it via the "Get Album Artwork" option in iTunes, you will find it at the bottom of the leftmost pane (use the little arrow above it to switch between "Selected Item" and "Now playing"). Right-click and select Copy (or press Command + C) to copy into your clipboard.
  • Select the entire album, or all songs within it. Select File -> Get Info (or press Command + I), and confirm that you want to edit the information for multiple items.
  • In the Artwork field, paste from your clipboard (Command + V).

Repeat these steps for each album that's missing artwork.

That's it! Now the artwork is embedded inside each track within the album, and will be available on your phone after the next synchronization.

Accessing the Internet through your phone's data connection

When you first pair the phone with your Mac over Bluetooth, you will be prompted whether you want to "Access the Internet with your phone's data connection". Make sure this is checked; reconfigure the Bluetooth link as described above if necessary.

Next, you will be prompted for various settings, such as the phone model and WAP settings for your cell phone provider's data plan (Username, password, APN). You can usually leave these at default/blank values, but in some cases you may need to get them from your provider.


Source(s): Mac OS X solutions


Sample settings

AT&T Wireless (USA)

  • Phone Vendor: Nokia
  • Phone Model: GPRS (GSM/3G)
  • Username: [email protected] (or leave blank)
  • Password: CINGULAR1 (or leave blank)
  • APN: wap.cingular
  • Telephone number: *99#

The APN may be left blank if you have configured it on your phone; go to Settings -> Connection -> Packet Data -> Access point and fill in wap.cingular.

The telephone number can be set in the "Network" System Preferences pane after setting up this modem interface. It can be left blank, but due to a misfeature in Mac OS X, you need a number here for this interface to show up in the menu bar "Modem status" applet.

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