Thursday, August 17, 2006

Nokia E61 and iSync

I've had quite a few people write to me in response to my post about the Nokia E61 Smartphone. Some have asked how I got it to work with iSync on my Apple Mac OS X system. Here's what I did. It works for me, but you should exercise extreme caution whenever mucking with stuff like this (up-to-date backups of everything, etc).

I am running Mac OS X 10.4.7 with iSync 2.3.

  1. Take a look at this post

  2. If you don't speak German, it basically is telling you to download this link

  3. Within that download you will see:

  4. If you still don't speak German, you should:

    1. Quit from iSync

    2. Drag the Orange folder to the Red folder and drop it

    3. Start up iSync

    4. Add your device, as usual

This will put the "mactomster.phoneplugin" folder into the /Applications/ ApplePhoneConduit.syncdevice/Contents/PlugIns directory for you. iSync should then be able to find your Nokia E61, including a lovely icon matching the device.

This may also work for the Nokia 3250, Nokia 5500, Nokia 6130, Nokia 6233, Nokia 6234, Nokie E50, Nokia E60, Nokia E70, Nokia E71, Nokia E72, Nokia E73, Nokia N80, Nokia N91, Nokia N92, Nokia N93 as well.

I have no idea what will happen when iSync 2.4 comes out or OS X 10.4.8 is released. You are on your own! Please add comments here to clarify any of the instructions.

Many thanks to Tom's Website for Symbian and Apple.

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  1. [...] Note that if you use iSync with Mac OS X and follow my backup/restore instructions above, iSync will attempt to re-sync all of your Contacts and Calendar entries again. This didn’t cause any serious problems, but you may be presented with conflicts to resolve. [...]

  2. Thanks for this! This worked for me for a couple months now, but for some reason, my all-day events werent syncing. I visited the macomster site to see if there was a more recent version than the one I'm using and you have to pay for it now - haha - after I donated a few bucks to the guy. bummer.

  3. Hi puramu,

    Wow. Looks like you are correct. Mactomster is now charging about $10 (US) for the plugin. It's unfortunate that the plugin did not remain FREE, but I do understand Mactomster's need to cover their costs of hosting and supporting the plugin.

    Now, for those that donated previously... Well, they should get a free upgrade!

    Other places to check on the web include:

    There are other for-pay options as well, like a plugin from Nova Media, I think.

    Unfortunately, I don't think any of the for-pay options handle everything correctly (like Birthdays, all-day events, etc).

    Let me know if you find a better solution to this!


  4. Thanks! This worked fine for me. Mauro

  5. Just downloaded the new app at for the E50 and iSync 2.4 for €8. Worked without problems. Decent deal if you ask me.

  6. Jorma,

    It looks like Mac OS X 10.4.9 has included a patch which adds native support for the Nokia E61 (and a number of other Symbian devices). As such, there should be no need to pay for the mactomster version.

    I would be very interested to know what the mactomster version does better than 10.4.9 to warrant the price.


  7. I too bought the plug in for new E61i (Note: buy site is in German til you get to PayPal). Once downloaded, it went well, with english language instructions in pdf. Follow the procedures (turn off computer bluetooth, phone blue tooth; restart them and then re-pair devices and isync started automatically) and it all worked flawlessly. All calandar and comtacts came through and operating well..

  8. [...] that if you use iSync with Mac OS X and follow my backup/restore instructions above, iSync will attempt to re-sync all of your Contacts [...]


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