Blackberry phones are known to pair well with Windows computers, but few know that they can also be paired with an iMac. In 2009, Research in Motion, the maker of the Blackberry, launched the Blackberry Desktop Manager for the iMac to make it easier for iMac users to sync their phones with their computers. Now, iMac users can sync data files like their calendar, music and notes between devices, as well as back-up and restore their phones on their iMacs.
Things You'll Need
- Mac OS X v.10.5.5 and above
- Blackberry smartphone
- Blackberry-to-USB cable
- Data to be synced between phone and iMac
Install the Blackberry Desktop Manager application on the iMac. You can do this by downloading the Desktop Software (Mac) application from the Blackberry website, blackberry.com. By installing the application, your iMac will be able to read the Blackberry whenever you connect your phone to your computer. With this desktop software, you can control your phone through your computer screen.
Connect your Blackberry to your iMac through the Blackberry-to-USB cable found in your Blackberry phone kit. On the iMac, the USB outlet is on the back of your screen toward the right side. Make sure that your Blackberry has enough battery power for the sync to make the transfer process go smoothly. Wait while your phone and computer responds to the connection. If the Blackberry doesn't have enough battery power, the sync may fail and files may be corrupted.
Turn on iSync to synchronize calendar data between your Blackberry to your iMac. Locate iSync in your iMac Applications folder and on the iSync menu and click Preferences. Select "Enable syncing on this computer." iSync acts like a liaison between your phone and your computer to match and synchronize data smoothly.
Launch the Blackberry Manager application to browse through files. Using the Blackberry Manager, you can then transfer notes, pictures and files between your phone and your iMac. You may also back up data from your Blackberry to your iMac. To back-up your data, click on the Back Up icon at the top of the screen. To Restore data, click on the Restore icon.
Click on the Music icon in the Media section of the Blackberry Manager to synchronize music. You may synchronize all songs and playlists, add only selected playlists, or add enough music to cover the free space in your phone. Click Sync.
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