Transfer photos from a cell phone to Mac OS X
Question: How do I transfer photos from Razr phone to Mac OSX? I'm really looking for something free and I hope you can point me in the right direction!
Answer: Good news for Mac users - I was able to do this using my Macbook which has Bluetooth built-in, and without using any additional software (sorry Windows users - you'll have to buy third-party software to do this, which I wrote about here).
1. Enable Bluetooth on your phone
You'll first need to enable your phone's BlueTooth settings to make it visible to your PC or Mac, since at least on mine it shipped with Bluetooth disabled.
On a Razr phone use the following menu options to enable Bluetooth:
Settings --> Connection --> BlueTooth Link --> Setup --> Find Me
This will tell your phone to broadcast a Bluetooth signal to your laptop for about 60 seconds - plenty of time for your laptop to recognize the signal and "discover" the device.
2. Pair up your cell phone with your laptop
"Pairing" is another word for starting a conversation between your cell phone and your computer, with Bluetooth as the language.
For OS X on a Macbook, follow these steps:
- Open Applications --> Utilities --> Bluetooth Setup Assistant.
- Select the "Mobile Phone" device type.
- Complete the pairing process.
You can also access the Bluetooth Setup Assistant by clicking on the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar at the top of your screen, and selecting "Set up Bluetooth Device" from the menu.
3. Browse the pictures on your phone
Your laptop will now be paired with your Bluetooth-enabled phone. Next, select "Browse Device" from the Bluetooth menu. Choose "Motorola Phone" from the list of Bluetooth devices.
You should see a "Browse" button that'll let you see the folders on your Razr phone. Pictures will be in the picture folder, ringtones will be in the audio folder, and videos will be in the videos folder.
4. Copy photos to your computer
Just drag and drop the photos from your phone's picture folder to your computer. Bluetooth doesn't require any wires, and has a range of about 30 feet. You can even have your phone tucked away in your briefcase or backpack, and it'll still be able to communicate with your computer.
You can also transfer photos, videos, or ringtones from your computer to your cell phone the same way - just drop them in the right folder on your phone and Bluetooth will copy them over.
Hope that helps!