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May 4, 2005

Tiger, iSync, and Bluetooth Phones

Here's a scenario not too uncommon with Tiger upgraders:

1. You have a Bluetooth-enabled phone.
2. Your phone was set up for iSync in Panther.
3. iSync's "Add Device" window says the device can't be added.

Before you chuck the phone out the window or blame Apple for participating in planned obsolescence (or purposely breaking iSync because they hate you), stop and take a deep breath. It's simple to fix.

Here's what you do:
1. Open System Preferences.
2. Go to the Bluetooth preference pane.
3. Delete the pairing between your phone and your Mac.
4. Re-pair the phone to the Mac.

I don't have a damn clue why things don't upgrade like you'd expect, but most of the people I know of with this problem are -- like myself -- using older Bluetooth phones. It may be related to the use of SyncML to sync with newer models. Whatever the cause, deleting and re-creating the pairing between phone and computer will let you do the sync thing again.

Your trusty T68i will be making that triumphant noise again as soon as you finish pairing it and hit that sync button for the first time.

Posted by Colin at May 4, 2005 10:30 PM

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