Need Motorola (or syncing) software for MAC OS X

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  1. marcel-v macrumors regular

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    I've bought a Motorola RAZR V3X but the software for syncing is for Windows only. Does anyone know if anything by Motorola exists for OS X? Or at least any useful application?
     
  2. polycat33 macrumors 6502

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    Are you talking about syncing music or syncing contacts and calendar stuff? Cause you can use iSync to sync contacts, or at least you should be able to. For music you should be able to add the files directly to the folder once you know what the correct folder is. Does it have a memory card? You can use your bluetooth connection to access the audio folders on the phone to put the music in, although sending the files over bluetooth could take a long time... if you have a memory card you might just want to stick it in a card reader. Most of the programs for doing stuff like that with Moto phones is windows only.
     
  3. James L macrumors 6502a

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    I have a RAZR also.

    I use iSync to sync my contacts and iCal calendars. You may run into problems where it says you can't sync iCal, but all you need to do is to change one line in a config file and it works fine.

    To transfer media, set up your phone with bluetooth and your Mac. You will then see a list of folders when you sync your phone via BT, such as "Audio", "Movies", "Pictures", etc. You can copy to and from your phone like it is any old hard drive.

    Let me know if you need any help!
     
  4. leozunino macrumors newbie

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    Motorola Phone Tools

    Hi everybody,

    I have a motorola K1 and use the Motorola Phone Tools (in my old PC) to backup my contacts and to copy ringtones, I have just bought a new iMac and I wish to know if the motorola phone tools exists for Mac and where I can download it.

    I'll appreciate any help......

    I'm just learning how to use my new computer :)
     
  5. leozunino macrumors newbie

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    Motorola Phone Tools

    Hi everybody,

    I have a motorola K1 and use the Motorola Phone Tools (in my old PC) to backup my contacts and to copy ringtones, I have just bought a new iMac and I wish to know if the motorola phone tools exists for Mac and where I can download it.

    I'll appreciate any help......

    I'm just learning how to use my new computer :)

    Thanks from Venezuela
     
  6. ivi7 macrumors 6502a

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    You can use isync which is in the Applications folder on a mac.
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    The v3x is supported in iSync for calendars / appointments, to-dos (I think), and contacts, as of 10.4.7... as long as you have a version of OS X > 10.4.7, you just open iSync and configure a new device.

    The K1 started being supported in 10.4.9. Check out this blog post. You should also just be able to open iSync from the Applications folder and then choose the option to add a new device from the menus.

    There's no good "ringtones syncing" software that I have experience with, but if you have a ringtone file, it is very easy to transfer it. Make sure bluetooth is turned on on the Mac and the phone. Pair the phone with the Mac (or make it discoverable). Click on the Bluetooth icon in the menubar and then choose the option to send a file. Select the file and the K1 from the dialogs. The phone will usually ask you to accept the file transfer. Once the file is finished, it should open in the media player on the phone with an option to save it / set it as a ringtone.
     
  8. berkeleygirl macrumors newbie

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    Razr V3x

    Hi there

    I have a motorola Razr V3x, and while iSync can help me transfer files, like audio/video/pictures, I can't seem to find a way to backup my phone contacts onto my computer. I have a 1 year old Macbook Pro (bought in 2008).

    Does anyone know if the phone contents can be backed up onto the computer?

    Thank you
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Actually, that's kind of backwards. iSync only syncs contacts and calendar information. It doesn't help you transfer your pictures and video at all. Perhaps you're using Bluetooth File Exchange or something like that to transfer files?

    For iSync, you should just be able to open iSync (from your applications folder) and add the phone to it. When you sync using the iSync program, it should be transferring calendar entries with iCal and contacts with Address Book. It seems like there are some slight peculiarities with the V3x...

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TA24180?viewlocale=en_US

    ... but otherwise, that's exactly what iSync does....
     
  10. berkeleygirl macrumors newbie

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    Hi Mohan

    Thank you so much for your prompt response.

    Can you tell me, then, where iSync stores my phone's data??? That is the one piece I can't seem to figure out. I don't use iCal or the address book much, so I'm not too familiar with them.

    Thank you
    Julia
     
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Julia, I don't think it really does store them outside of the relevant apps. If you don't use iCal and Address Book on the Mac, do you use something else, such as Entourage? Entourage I think can be set up easily to sync in turn with all this information too, so it shows up there. If you don't use anything, then just run iSync and make sure it is set up to sync calendars and contacts, and then sync it. You can open iCal and Address Book to check, but as long as your entries are in those apps, you don't have to use Address Book to have it as a backup of your phone. Does that make sense?
     
  12. berkeleygirl macrumors newbie

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    Hi Mohan

    I hear you about using the appropriate apps....the thing is, I have the "sync contacts" box checked, my device is recognized by the computer (via bluetooth, not USB), and it seems to successfully sync them.

    However, the contacts are nowhere to be found in Address Book. I don't use entourage. I wanted iSync to work precisely because I don't have any other backup for my phone contacts. I suppose the only other option, if iSync isn't storing my contacts on the computer, is to enter them into Address Book manually.

    Please let me know if I am missing something entirely obvious regarding where the contacts would be stored in Address Book. I've looked around, though, and can't find them!
     
  13. berkeleygirl macrumors newbie

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    Okay Mohan, maybe this is an obvious piece I was missing: all of my contacts on my phone were not ever in address book. They are simply what I've stored on the phone over the years, sans the computer.

    For iSync to work, do the contacts need to have been entered in via the computer?
     
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Huh, no they do not. They should have synced from your phone to the computer when you did the first sync. It's a bidirectional sync -- the things on the phone go to the computer and vice versa. If you later change an entry in Address Book or the phone, the corresponding entry on the other device is supposed to get modified as well the next time you sync.

    Hmmm... somewhere in iSync, there is a preference to force the local (on the computer) information to be overwritten with what the device (phone) has -- it's a one-time use setting. If there's nothing in address book at all right now, try to use that setting and then sync, and see if it can overwrite the contents of Address Book from the phone.

    FWIW, another clue is that if it works properly, it should be fairly slow :( I never had a V3x, only a V3, but the bluetooth iSync process was fairly brutally slow -- it took several minutes. Although I had a pretty big address book by then.
     
  15. berkeleygirl macrumors newbie

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    Hi Mohan

    Thank you for all your help. I decided to test iSync with a backup Razr V3 I have on hand, and sure enough, the contacts all synced into Address Book. The one difference I can see is that I had copied all my contacts to the phone on the V3, whereas on the V3x all my contacts are stored only on the sim card. I wonder if that is what made the difference.....

    Thank you again!
     
  16. MBF macrumors newbie

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    phone tools

    After going bananas trying to get my pictures from my phone to my mac, I did it through bluetooth. Worked like a charm. I went to a drugstore and asked the photo guy how to get the pics and he showed me. I went home and played around with it and has great success. Good luck.
     
  17. OOG macrumors newbie

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    Syncing to a phone thats not compatible with isync

    I just bought an EX119 Motorola phone and I would like to sync it to contacts on my MAC.

    Please help
     

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