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Old June 25th, 2010, 01:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Guys, I'm wondering whether you can help, I've plugged my SGS into 2 macs in our house now and I have mounted both of them but they won't show up as mass storage devices :S

My SGS has an inbuilt 16gb sd card but doesn't have a external one, you think this could be the problem?

All I want to do is move music files over to the memory

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Try going to Settings --> About Phone --> USB and select "ask on connection". Plug in the phone, then pull down the notification tray and mount the drive and see if that works.

I doubt it has anything to do with having no external card, when you do it just shows two drives rather than one.
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No still not shown as a device

I wonder if this is a Samsung or Mac issue?
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The default USB connection is to activate Samsung Kies. You'll have to go to settings->About Phone->USB Settings to change. If it doesn't work after changing, soft reset the phone and try again.
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I have solved the problem: USB debugging (Settings>Applications>Development) must be switched on for it to mount properly.
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Same problem, same fix. Cheers man.
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You lot beat me to it LOL I also found this out (by accident) when i was having probs
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in regards to the sd card, it only shows 6gbs ....is the other 2 gbs being used by the system?
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Well I've got the 16GB version and when I checked I only had 13.2 left and that was before I put anything on the phone, so either it's 2GB for the system or that is the amount of GB it ships with
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in regards to the sd card, it only shows 6gbs ....is the other 2 gbs being used by the system?
I'm to lazy to do the math, but that may be due to the multiple methods of calculating a GB. Technically, a GB is 1024 MB, but marketing usually calls 1000 MB a GB, so over the course of 6-8GB, that could cost you some significant space.
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24mb x 6 would still come to less than 200mb, so i don't think that's the case, but that's pretty sneaky of them to advertise it as coming with 8gb and not mentioning that only 6gb are actually useable
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add the file allocation tables after partition cos that takes space too, the bigger the storage, the bigger the file allocation table
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Is there any way to move contacts from mac to samsung galaxy s. I tried isync but its not recognized it can connect to mac but cannot sync
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Is there any way to move contacts from mac to samsung galaxy s. I tried isync but its not recognized it can connect to mac but cannot sync
You need to sync your contacts with your gmail account; SGS should then pick them up.
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I have the same problem...but it used to work!

I changed the default "Samsung Kies" option to "ask on connection" as described above as my phone had started freezing trying to launch Kies once USB was connected...now I cannot Mount the phone, or rather, once mounted, the phone does not show up on the mac as mass storage.

Someone above mentioned soft-reset - what is this and what is the impact of doing it? any user-data loss etc?

thanks for any info in advance peeps!
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Is there a way to sync my iCal (on my Mac) to my SGS?
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hi first timer here just got an s

was really pleased with it unitl i hooked it upto my mac and the mac wont recognise it at al

ive tried usb debug on the phone still wont show up am i doing soemthing wrong?
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Are you mounting the SD card after you plug it in to your Mac?
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thankyou colin ive just tried that and it worked

do i have to do it everytime i connect now?
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Ya.. but I saw someone say that there's an app that will enable the phone to auto mount... but I haven't bothered trying it...
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Default Samsung Galaxy S is definitely not a plug and play, phone.

Hi all. Bought the Galaxy S yesterday. I use a Mac and frankly I've been struggling big time with synchronizing the Galaxy with my Mac Os.

I have spent hours browsing trying to figure out if the two devices can be made to work together. I've tried all the above suggestions and yet my phone doesn't mount on my computer. Which pretty much makes this device and its features useless.

I would really appreciate any advice or solutions about the following:

  • Is there a Mac version for Kies ?
  • I've tried going to Settings --> About Phone --> USB and select "ask on connection". Plug in the phone, then pull down the notification tray and mount the drive and see if that works. It didn't work
  • I've tried USB debugging (Settings>Applications>Development) must be switched on for it to mount properly. It didn't work.
What do I do ?

the sales guy at the Mobile store had told me that the galaxy works fine with Mac OS. Maybe there are ways around these problems but the Samsung Galaxy S is definitely not a plug and play, phone.

I'd still say its a damn good phone. For PC users.
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did u try and mount itbased on a mass sotrage connection aswell?

i think thats wot mine ending up working with-or maybe the phone is faulty?
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Hi all. Bought the Galaxy S yesterday. I use a Mac and frankly I've been struggling big time with synchronizing the Galaxy with my Mac Os.

I have spent hours browsing trying to figure out if the two devices can be made to work together. I've tried all the above suggestions and yet my phone doesn't mount on my computer. Which pretty much makes this device and its features useless.

I would really appreciate any advice or solutions about the following:

  • Is there a Mac version for Kies ?
  • I've tried going to Settings --> About Phone --> USB and select "ask on connection". Plug in the phone, then pull down the notification tray and mount the drive and see if that works. It didn't work
  • I've tried USB debugging (Settings>Applications>Development) must be switched on for it to mount properly. It didn't work.
What do I do ?

the sales guy at the Mobile store had told me that the galaxy works fine with Mac OS. Maybe there are ways around these problems but the Samsung Galaxy S is definitely not a plug and play, phone.

I'd still say its a damn good phone. For PC users.

I have been using my SGS with a Mac for over a month now.

Here is what you do to mount it:

About--Applications--development-- Enable USB debugging.

Connect your phone.
When the USB connect notification appear, Slide the notification bar and select - copy files/folders option.

You will see after a few seconds both your internal and external SD in finder.


2. If you like the itunes way, I suggest that you try Songbird for mac. (Google it) its new version includes an Addon that works with the SGS!

Let me know how it goes.

With regards to contacts and Calendar I sync with Google cloud, Much better if you ask me unless you dont like your personal info on google servers..

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It worked. The phone mounts on my desktop now. I'll look into Songbird and Cloud as well.

Appreciate your help Dekel. Your a star.
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Ahh....for anyone still struggling with this...Donnelly's No.1 hint/tip is.....try making all the suggested changes above BUT make sure the USB cable is UNPLUGGED from the phone whilst doing them!!

I had been trying to do all this while the cable was in with no success. Just now turned OFF debugging - set the USB option in settings to Mass Storage - turned ON debugging and then connected the cable - mounted - worked.


Cheers everyone - muchos appreciato!!
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turn on debugging if your wanting to share your disc with mac
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Hey,

I stumbled across this thread in search of a way to get my Samsung Galaxy S to connect to my damn Mac.
I've tried debugging and mounting, however it does not seem to work. The phone seems to register that it is connected as the notification tray displays both the 'USB debugging connected' icon and the 'USB connected' icon (it even vibrates!).
Yet my mac does nothing except freeze up for a few seconds, and even then only sometimes. No notification, nothing. Oh except occasionally it shuts down the USB port for 'drawing too much power'...

Still that's better than my MESH PC which straight up shuts down and refuses to turn back on again for some hours.

Any idea what's going on and how I can fix it?

Thanks in advance,
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When I was having trouble seeing my Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, I found this solution that is working for me. After connecting the USB cable:

Go to Settings > SD card and phone storage > Internal SD card > Mount SD card.

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[QUOTE=dekela;1554352]I have been using my SGS with a Mac for over a month now.

Here is what you do to mount it:

About--Applications--development-- Enable USB debugging.


-- I haven't been able to find "About" or anything to do with debugging on my Galaxy S. Can you please direct me?

Anticipating my next questions, once I manage to mount the Galaxy on my Macbook, will it really be possible to sync with iCal and Contacts?

Thanks in advance for helping the new guy.
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Yes and yes. Google Sync Services
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I have solved the problem: USB debugging (Settings>Applications>Development) must be switched on for it to mount properly.
I can access the SD card on my Mac by following the instructions in this post but I can't figure out how to access these files and folders from the phone.

I have not added an external SD card to my phone (I am using the built-in 16GB SD memory).

Are there any suggestions for how to open the movies or music once copied to the internal memory?
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i just need some help, ive connected my debugging and also mounted my SGS to my mac, but yet its not syncing to my computer! ive tried everything but yet its not working! can i please have some help?
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Hey Marsarya, what exactly are you trying to sync? contacts? music?... etc? I just need start by saying that the iPhone is definitely better for use with Mac OSX, because the sync features are all native and built-in. I sync my Samsung Galaxy with a Mac under the Windows 7 operating system (it works much better).

Samsung have not released any software for the Mac yet, and as far as I am aware the built-in Apple iSync feature does not support the handset.

There are a few different ways to sync media. I found that the best method was to mount the phone, create folders for 'Music', 'Movies', 'TV_Shows', then drag-and-drop the media files into the relevant folders (this is a benefit of the Samsung Galaxy over the iPhone because it can be used this way with multiple computers).

You can access all the media from the phone using the 'music player' and 'video player'.

There is another option for the music (if you want to integrate the phone with an iTunes library).

http://download.songbirdnest.com/installer/macosx/i686/Songbird_1.8.0-1800_macosx-i686.dmg

There is a third-party application that you can install called 'SongBird'. It should recognise your handset and sync the iTunes music.

Your contacts can be associated with a gmail/GOOGLE account (a 'free' option).

The first step is to export your contacts as a vCard, and import this file to your gmail/GOOGLE account.

Then from the handset you can enter the gmail account, and your sync will be active. I have not looked into automating the sync between the Apple address book and GOOGLE but I am sure there are other third-party applications that will do this, or try searching for 'GOOGLE contact management Mac OSX'.

There is another option that I found for syncing contacts, calendars, tasks, and emails but it is not free. The software is about $40 US and connects to Address Book, iCal, and Microsoft Outlook/Entourage. There might be cheaper packages available, but you may not find any 'freeware' solutions that suit your needs.

http://www.markspace.com/products/android/missing-sync-android.html

Let me know if you need further instructions or specific steps regarding anything in this post.
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I got my Galaxy S a while ago and I eventually figured out how to turn USB debugging mode on and mount the SD card and use iSyncr for Mac to get playlists from my iTunes into my Music app on my phone. Unfortunately I broke my phone, and I'm trying to set up my replacement Galaxy S the same way but when I mount my SD card I get an error message on my MBP saying "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer" and gives me options to initialize, ignore, or eject. Any suggestions as to what to do at this point? Thanks ahead of time.I never ran into this problem with my first Galaxy S.
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You can also take a look at SyncMate - it allows syncing Mac and Android devices directly (contacts, calendars, music, images, videos, folders, bookmarks; autosync option is available; allows mounting Android device as additional Mac volume; allows sending SMS from Mac, etc).
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hi, i bought my SGS today, after the store said 'yeah no problems with macs' (i suffered with an LG for two years so i def wanted it to work with my mac!)

bit miffed when i got it home, but i've now downloaded the syncmate program and it looks to be working a treat - you do have to have the 'expert edition' which costs about 30 to be able to do itunes etc mind, but given everything else the program'll let you sync with its a bargin.

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ok I did the setting - applications - & debugging, but to connect it is asking me to do phone number account name and password.

What account name and password is it asking me?
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I have solved the problem: USB debugging (Settings>Applications>Development) must be switched on for it to mount properly.

Thank you so much! I had this working when i first used my SGS2 but then after upgrading with kies to latest version, it stopped working.

Bjut now its back with you help! Thx
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I have got the run around from all the vendors.. can SOMEONE at apple or samsung please see this problem, and fix it?

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Hi all. Bought the Galaxy S yesterday. I use a Mac and frankly I've been struggling big time with synchronizing the Galaxy with my Mac Os.

I have spent hours browsing trying to figure out if the two devices can be made to work together. I've tried all the above suggestions and yet my phone doesn't mount on my computer. Which pretty much makes this device and its features useless.

I would really appreciate any advice or solutions about the following:

  • Is there a Mac version for Kies ?
  • I've tried going to Settings --> About Phone --> USB and select "ask on connection". Plug in the phone, then pull down the notification tray and mount the drive and see if that works. It didn't work
  • I've tried USB debugging (Settings>Applications>Development) must be switched on for it to mount properly. It didn't work.
What do I do ?

the sales guy at the Mobile store had told me that the galaxy works fine with Mac OS. Maybe there are ways around these problems but the Samsung Galaxy S is definitely not a plug and play, phone.

I'd still say its a damn good phone. For PC users.
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I have got the run around from all the vendors.. can SOMEONE at apple or samsung please see this problem, and fix it?
I always use USB connection on my Mac - but it might be worth trying Kies Air from the Samsung store. I had a short play with it - it does not allow software updates by the way!
The only way to do a software update is to use a PC (or perhaps run Windows via Boot Camp)as far as I know. Virtual PC programs do not seem to work.
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hi first timer here just got an s

was really pleased with it unitl i hooked it upto my mac and the mac wont recognise it at al

ive tried usb debug on the phone still wont show up am i doing soemthing wrong?
That did not work for me either. try this: settings > wireless and network > USB utilities > connect storage to PC.

That worked for me. it showed up in Devices in Finder and also on the desktop.

Good luck and hope it works
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Ive now tried all of the above, and still nothing. It used to work with my older mac, but my new one won't mount the drive. Seems like I have different menu options than many above, even though I have a Galaxy S. Syncmate says my droid is off line, even though it says connected via usb on my phone. Songbird doesn't know theres a droid even connected, nor does my mac. If anyone can help me find the magic decoder ring to make this crap work, I'd be grateful. I heard Google was making a smartphone platform. Can't wait till they do!
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hello everyone
I've tried everything,,thank you all..and have got as for as having
the green android figure showing on my phone.. i says "you have connected your phone you your computer via usb,select button below if you want to cop files between your computer and your android,s usb storage",,still i can't get my phones photos on
to my mac....what am i not doing??
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That did not work for me either. try this: settings > wireless and network > USB utilities > connect storage to PC.

That worked for me. it showed up in Devices in Finder and also on the desktop.

Good luck and hope it works
I did this--and a variation of it has always worked with my Droid. But with my wife's Galaxy S, no go. when I do above steps, I get an error message that says the drive can't be recognized by the computer and it launches Disk Utility, which among other things asks whether I want to initialize the disk! WF????????
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how to mount S2 as drive on mac instead of going thru kies?

Here lays the solution for everyone's problem! Just following the simple instruction. The phone itself will prompt you what to do.



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I got my Galaxy S a while ago and I eventually figured out how to turn USB debugging mode on and mount the SD card and use iSyncr for Mac to get playlists from my iTunes into my Music app on my phone. Unfortunately I broke my phone, and I'm trying to set up my replacement Galaxy S the same way but when I mount my SD card I get an error message on my MBP saying "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer" and gives me options to initialize, ignore, or eject. Any suggestions as to what to do at this point? Thanks ahead of time.I never ran into this problem with my first Galaxy S.
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I have solved the problem: USB debugging (Settings>Applications>Development) must be switched on for it to mount properly.
Since i undated the galaxy S2 to 2.3.5 it does not shoe the device when I connected to my mac. It is showing on disk utility but greyed out and taking a long time to repair the disk, debugging is on and usb storage is on but still no access to my file from my I mac, any help to resolve this annoying issue will be appreciated, have called both apple and Samsung and they can't really assist, they're useless. and blaming each other.
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This is what I did and it worked just fine.

Go to Settings from your Homescreen
Go to Wireless and Network
Go to Bluetooth Settings
Check the "Visible" box

You're good to go!

Also, make sure you also read your "Device Name" on the last screen. That's what will show up on your computer.
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I agree with an earlier poster, since 2.3.5, I haven't been able to properly connect to Kies on my Mac via USB...No recognition
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Hi all! I tried the USB debugging thing but Android File Transfer still couldn't recognize my device. BUT...

I managed to connect my Galaxy S2 to my iMac by going to Settings>Wireless and network>USB utilities. Tap on 'Connect storage to PC' first before plugging the USB in. Then just follow the instructions. Your device would appear on your desktop as a common flash drive would.

There you go. However, I'm not sure of those invisible " ._ " files getting in your android as well...
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On a MacBook. Your suggestion worked! Had to turn off the USB Tethering. Thank you!
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