18 Comments

Summary:

I recently switched from my iPhone to a BlackBerry. A few weeks after the transition, I have discovered my likes and dislikes between phones, and by far the most frustrating difference is the “syncing with computer” feature. An iPhone is literally plug and play, whereas a […]

Bluetooth

I recently switched from my iPhone to a BlackBerry. A few weeks after the transition, I have discovered my likes and dislikes between phones, and by far the most frustrating difference is the “syncing with computer” feature. An iPhone is literally plug and play, whereas a BlackBerry requires tons of configuration, even for the simplest tasks.

Below I have roughly outlined how to send files between your BlackBerry and computer via Bluetooth.

Pair BlackBerry to your computer

  1. On your BlackBerry, turn on Bluetooth.
  2. From your manage connections menu on your BlackBerry select “Set up Bluetooth.”
  3. Click the menu button and select “Options.”
  4. Next to discoverable, select “Yes.”
  5. On your Mac, launch System Preferences (Applications → System Preferences).
  6. Under the “Hardware” section click on the “Bluetooth” icon.
  7. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on. Click the “Set up New Device” icon in the middle of the Bluetooth window. (If you already have a device set up, click the plus arrow in the device column.)
  8. The setup wizard will pop up. Click “Continue” on the first pop-up window.
  9. On the “Select Device Type” window select “Mobile Phone.”
  10. Select your phone from the next screen and click continue.
  11. Your computer will prompt you with a PIN to enter into your BlackBerry. Enter the PIN into the BlackBerry device.
  12. If you entered the PIN correctly, your devices will be paired.
  13. Uncheck the “Access the Internet with your phone’s data connection” box.
  14. Your phone is now paired with your computer.

Turn on Bluetooth file-sharing on your Mac

  1. Launch System Preferences (Applications → System Preferences).
  2. Under the “Internet & Network” section, click on the “Sharing” icon.
  3. In the “Services” column, select the checkbox next to “Bluetooth Sharing.”
    bluetoothsharing
  4. Leave everything as default. (You can change the preferences if you want, but I just left as the default.)
  5. Close System Preferences.

Send a file from your BlackBerry to your Mac

  1. Browse your BlackBerry’s media and find the file that you want to transfer.
  2. With the file selected, pull up your BlackBerry menu and select “Sending Using Bluetooth” from the BlackBerry menu.
  3. A pop-up will come up on your BlackBerry asking you to select a device. Select the paired computer you want to transfer the file to.
  4. A pop-up window will appear on your computer asking what you want to do. Accept the transfer, and the file will start transferring.

Send a file from your Mac to your BlackBerry

  1. Pull up your BlackBerry media browser on your device.
  2. Open the menu and select “Receive Using Bluetooth.”
  3. On your Mac, find the file you want to transfer and right-click on it.
  4. From the pop-up menu, select “More → Send [...] to Bluetooth Device” and select your phone from the pop out menu.
    sendtobb
  5. Make sure you BlackBerry isn’t asleep. If you make a successful connection, you will get a pop-up on your BlackBerry asking what to do with the file. Select the location you want the file to save and and click “Save.” The file will begin to transfer. NOTE: I’ve had this fail a few times, but when I hit send again from my Mac computer it works; seems like second time is the charm. Making sure your BlackBerry is not asleep is also crucial.
  1. [...] Our poll has only been active for a bit but there’s already some good feedback about how readers keep netbooks in sync with other computers. Making sure you have the files you need on any device you use is critical and in timely fashion our sister blog has a great guide for BlackBerry users. The Apple Blog’s guide breaks down How-To: Transfer Files Between Your BlackBerry and OS X Via Bluetooth. [...]

    Share
  2. Really easy to do with a PC. All I had to do was load the software and plug my phone in. Glad I don’t have a MAC.

    Share
    1. Oh k-mon!
      Don’t talk if you haven’t use Mac.

      Share
    2. Plug your phone in? That wouldn’t be using Bluetooth then smart-ass! That would be using a cable. Unlike most PC’s, Mac are the simplest of computers ever made without degrading the whole system. Try sending files with a PC to a flash drive or, here is a big one, try not catching viruses without an Anti-virus software program on your computer. A Mac doesn’t need that crap!! PC is crap, Mac is all that!

      Share
  3. Thanks man, just getting to know my mac, and your post has helped.

    Share
  4. [...] “The Apple Blog” han puesto un interesante tutorial de como transferir archivos entre una Blackberry y el OS [...]

    Share
  5. The steps were very clearly laid out.

    Well done!

    Now, if only backing up my auto-text entries and syncing address book / calendar / tasks / memo pad entries were through Blue Tooth to Mac were as easily done!

    Share
  6. [...] Our poll has only been active for a bit, but there’s already some good feedback about how readers keep netbooks in sync with other computers. Making sure you have the files you need on any device you use is critical and, in timely fashion, our sister blog has a great guide for BlackBerry users. TheAppleBlog’s guide breaks down How-To: Transfer Files Between Your BlackBerry and OS X Via Bluetooth. [...]

    Share
  7. I have been trying to use PocketMac to sync my address book to my Blackberry and it works the first time, but then when I try to sync it again, it freezes…any suggestions???

    Share
    1. Try re-installing PocketSync. I had the same problem and that is how I fixed it.

      Share
  8. [...] recently switched from an iPhone to a Blackberry. As I mentioned before, one of my Blackberry dislikes is that it simply does not sync as nicely as the iPhone. Until [...]

    Share
  9. Thank you so much, i was getting frustrated that i couldn’t transfer a file from my blackberry to my mac, and all i had to do was check the bluetooth sharing box! Thanks again your steps are very clear!

    Share
  10. For Syncing ith a Mac, use the BlackBerry Desktop manager through BlackBerry’s website. Works fabulously and with no freezing. You can even sync music with it.

    Share

Comments have been disabled for this post