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Given my apathy for Motorola interface, I refuse to use any of their phones, But when reader, Jonathan Hirshon, Principal at Horizon Communications, sent in this tip, I could not resist sharing it with all of you. Hopefully you benefit from his insights. iSync is great […]

Given my apathy for Motorola interface, I refuse to use any of their phones, But when reader, Jonathan Hirshon, Principal at Horizon Communications, sent in this tip, I could not resist sharing it with all of you. Hopefully you benefit from his insights.

iSync is great for merging Address Book and iCal – but it took me FOREVER to figure out my photos off the phone…

The Bluetooth file utility on Tiger was useless – it always timed out every time I tried a file browse to get the pics off.

Here’s how it’s successfully done:

Go to My MEdia (Moto’s asinine caps, not mine), select pictures, view the pic, select the menu button, select move (make sure your phone is paired first) and off it goes. You can also select ‘mark all’ in the menu once you are in the gallery and then move them en masse.

The key is – you have to do all this from the PHONE, *NOT* the Mac. Also, make sure you have Activity Monitor present, as a number of threads never quit and started overheating my CPU until I force-quit them all…

Not perfect – or even close to it – but it DOES work.

  1. This works with just about any Bluetooth phone… Nothing specific to RAZR or even Motorola.

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  2. I’m able to use the Bluetooth File Utility to move items back and forth on my Razr without any problems. Using Tiger, 10.4.2 with the latest and greatest. Works with video, pictures and sounds.

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  3. Ian Ragsdale Friday, July 15, 2005

    I had the same problem with my RAZR (bluetooth file transfers timing out) until I did a master reset (Settings->Initial Setup->Master Reset). This will lose some of your settings, but after that bluetooth works great.

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  4. The “asinine caps” are Cingular’s doing, not Motorola.

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  5. Bluetooth and Razr work awesome on 10.4.1. No workarounds needed. Simply walk in the room where my iMac is and sync right up to my Razr.

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  6. Using Bluetooth, I send pics from my RAZR to my other phone, Sony Ericsson T637. From SE T637 the pics get to my laptop, ThinkPad X31, via infrared. All this because X31 is not bluetooth-enabled. Hey, but it works!

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  7. Not to sound like a smartass but I figured this out in less than an hour… if you can’t get the files FROM your Mac, why not try to send the files TO your Mac from your phone?

    But thanks, Ian for your suggestion on the master reset, I shall try that later today.

    Now if only my Motorola V710 was able to transfer files via Bluetooth, a feature that was built-in to the phone but purposely disabled by Verizon…

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  8. I hear people having this problem now and then and I don’t get it. I have no problems using the built in bluetooth on my PowerBook running Tiger to transfer files.

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  9. AGREE about the Motorola interface but I love my V3. I miss some of the stuff my T616 did but the size is what gets me. Anyway, I don’t have this issue. I can easily move photos, and anything else, from my V3 to and from my Mac (Tiger) using the Bluetooth File Exchange. There are some things to gripe about, such as the address book @%$!, but this isn’t one of them.

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  10. At first, I had no problems using Bluetooth File Exchange to and from my razr with tiger 10.4.2. But eventually it started to time out just as mentioned in the article. I attributed it to there being more pictures in the pictures directory (about 100 pics). Does anyone have 70+ pictures and NOT have a problem listing the contents of the picture dir of the phone? I now have only about 10 pics and now the Bluetooth File Exchange works fine.

    Thanks for the pointer to send from the phone… it took awhile to send about 80 pics though since you have to select the device for each pic. Bluetooth File Exchange needs to be able to handle larger directory listing.

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