How to sync a Mac to a Nokia N900

So I’m the proud owner of a new Nokia N900 phone and after a few years on a highly-evolved version of Nokia’s Symbian operating system (on my N70 and later my N95), it feels like starting over all over again: while the Maemo operating system on the N900 has gone through several iterations, it’s still not completely ready for prime time, at least in its current state on the N900, so I’m left to fill in some gaps.

One of the holes is syncing contacts and calendar with a Mac. With the N70 and the N95 I just used the iSync plug-ins that Nokia built and all was well. There’s no iSync plug-in for the N900 yet (there are rumors of one coming), so I needed a workaround.

Fortunately the N900 does support syncing with other Nokia devices, and as I still have my N95 around, this proved to be the solution for the time-being. Here’s what I did:

  1. Ran iSync on my Mac to sync contacts and calendar on my Mac with my N95.
  2. On the N900 opened the Contacts application, then selected “Get Contacts” from the menu and “Synchronise from other device,” selected my N95, and left the sync to happen.

About 5 minutes later my N900 was populated with all my Mac’s contacts and calendar items.

Not something I want to keep doing forever, but at least it works.


Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on January 14, 2010 - 21:16 Permalink

So far this is working out for me, and changes are syncing from device to device to device.&#160 For example, new events I enter on the N900 get synced to the N95 which then syncs them back to the Mac.&#160 And so on.

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Jonathan Gramma... on May 1, 2010 - 07:20 Permalink

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