How to iSync a Nokia 6300 on Mac OS X

Nokia 6300

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The Nokia 6300 do not appear in the list of supported phones for the iSync application in Mac OS X. Nokia has neither made a plug-in available yet, but it is possible relatively easy to make the iSync work. Here is at short guide to make it work:

  1. Make sure iSync is not running.
  2. Locate the iSync application in the Applications folder, and select Show Package Contents.
  3. Locate the MetaClasses.plist file at this path: Contents > PlugIns > ApplePhoneConduit.syncdevice > Contents > PlugIns > PhoneModelsSync.phoneplugin > Contents > Resources.
  4. Back-up the MetaClasses.plist file just to be safe.
  5. Open MetaClasses.plist with a ordinary text editor, e.g. TextMate.
  6. The trick is to find a phone in the XML list with the same operating system as the Nokia 6300 phone, which is the Nokia Series 40, 3rd edition, with Bluetooth and USB. The Nokia 6280 fits this requirement, and the below XML is a copy of the 6280 XML entry with changes to fit the 6300, which should be inserted below the 6280 entry.[ad code=1 align=left]
    com.nokia.6300
    
    	Identification
    	
    		com.apple.cgmi+cgmm
    		Nokia+Nokia 6300
    		com.apple.gmi+gmm
    		Nokia+Nokia 6300
    		com.apple.usb.vendorid-modelid
    		0x0421/0x045A
    	
    	InheritsFrom
    	
    		family.com.nokia.series40.3rdEd.bus.usb-bt
    	
    	Services
    	
    		
    			ServiceName
    			com.apple.model
    			ServiceProperties
    			
    				ModelIcon
    				NOK6300.tiff
    				ModelName
    				6300
    			
    		
    		
    			ServiceName
    			com.apple.synchro
    			ServiceProperties
    			
    				MaxCityLength
    				50
    				MaxEMailLength
    				60
    				MaxEventLocationLength
    				150
    				MaxPhoneNumberLength
    				48
    				MaxPostalCodeLength
    				50
    				MaxStateLength
    				50
    				MaxStreetLength
    				50
    				MaxURLLength
    				60
    			
    		
    	
    
    

    Alternative: Copy the 6300 XML from this link

  7. If the USB connection is to be used for the iSync with the Nokia 6300, e.g. if you do not have a bluetooth device on the computer, then change the com.apple.usb.vendorid-modelid XML setting from 0×0421/0x045A to 0×0421/0x04F9

  8. Add this phone icon NOK6300.tiff in the same folder as the MetaClasses.plist file. It is important that the file name matches the one in the XML definition.
  9. Now it should work… Save and close the MetaClasses.plist file and start up iSync. Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your phone. Select Add Device… from the iSync Devices menu. iSync should find your Nokia 6300, and display the icon that you just added.

Additional notes:

- When to the bluetooth connection is setup properly, it’s also easy to put music on the phone. Just select Browse Device… in the dropdown under the bluetooth icon in the menu bar, and browse to memory card and drop your music.

- If you are having trouble connecting to the internet via bluetooth using the phone, take a look at this post.

- Nokia has also posted some information about how to connect your Nokia phone to a Mac, and setup iSync. More here…

- The approach is tested and working with the Nokia 5300 with USB connection, view these comments here and here.

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290 Responses to How to iSync a Nokia 6300 on Mac OS X

  1. roger says:

    Just downloaded it and works very well. Thanks very much.

  2. Sebastian says:

    thanks a lot. it was perfect and very easy. :)

  3. Quite Human says:

    Thank you for such a comprehensive solution that was so simple to implement.

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  5. Max F says:

    Thanks for publishing this – still proving useful!

  6. You can use this for Nokia 3110 classic in a similar way. Find instruction and an appropriate icon here:

    http://knol.google.com/k/andreas-keller/how-to-use-isync-with-nokia-3110-classic/1u1xydutfk2vl/1#

  7. Alex says:

    Legend..! Thanks so much! I’ve just changed phones from a Sony Ericsson, and this made transferring my contacts a doddle. Thank you thank you thank you! :)

  8. Alex says:

    Ariadna – go to Menu > Contacts > Settings > Name Display > First Name First. Job done. :)

  9. Ryan says:

    Amazing!
    thanks so much!

  10. rescueiscoming says:

    What is the product ID for the Nokia 6263 and is it possible to sync it with a Powerbook G4?

  11. Gorana says:

    Thanks! It’s working!

  12. Colin Campbell says:

    My Nokia 6300 connected to my Mac very well via isync but has been stolen and now replaced with a 6301. How do I sync my 640+ numbers and addresses now??

  13. mungo says:

    Hi,

    many thanks. One related question:
    - One can choose a group of adressbook and only the list gets synched towards the phone.
    - But new contacts created at the phone are not synched to a specific group in Adressbook. Is there a way to do this?

    This is useful if you want just a selection of contacts on the phone.
    Regards

  14. Robin says:

    Superb!! I almost bought another phone :-)

    Thanks!

  15. Caroline says:

    I have a Nokia 6300 and have downloaded your plug in. I also have isync but I am not sure where to go from here. When I locate isync as you say I can’t find the Show Package Contents – any advice – with thanks

  16. finkkraft says:

    it work’s perfect with nokia 3500c

  17. Brandur says:

    Did anybody get the Nokia 3500c to work with the new iSync 3.0.2 on leopard?

  18. Naser says:

    Works!!!
    Sir, I owe you a drink. Many many thanks.

  19. netsheik says:

    dear klaus,

    i feel young again. have never done anything of this kind before, am a digital infant, but i followed your instructions and it worked like magic. maybe you’re a genius or otherwise quite brilliant, in any case, i just wanted to say thank you,

    luigi

  20. MIKE says:

    Very cool, thanks

  21. Lars says:

    Perfect! Thanks a lot.

  22. nokia says:

    love u for the plugin, as my prewriters said, just awesome. just works – its not a trick its a mac :-)

  23. duc8800 says:

    i need unclock for 6500s

  24. Sjoerd says:

    Worked for me in only 5 min.

    Thanks!!

    Sjoerd

  25. Johnny says:

    jeg har lige hentet din kode og det virker fint bortset fraat jeg ikke får tlf. nr. med over med mindre de er opførst som privat, jeg kan heller ikke få kalender oplysningerne fra ical til entourage, kn du eller en anden hjælpe en ny mac. bruger
    op forhånd tak

  26. Frank says:

    Thanks for this hint.

    But one problem still remains: All day envents are not synced correctly to the phone.
    On the phone these events have a start at 2pm and an end at 2pm the same day.
    Any idea how to solve the problem?

    thanks

  27. Vuulf says:

    In myPoker – Why, when I am looking at something in Category view, can I not see the rest of the article? See: http://poker.vuulf.com/?cat=3

  28. adrian says:

    amazing. many many thanks!

  29. Mark says:

    I am having trouble syncing my mac calendar to the 6300. The phone calendar only seems to accept events occurring in the next month.

    Any ideas?

  30. Arun Narang says:

    Brilliant Help!!! It works just perfect!!

  31. toontje says:

    Jeej!! Works great!! Just one thing, phone-icon is missing in action…

  32. TOSH says:

    I LOVE YOU HAHAHA

    WORKS SUPERBLY.

  33. Clare Kiddell says:

    AMAZING FIX – even I managed to do it without prior knowledgel!! Thank you so much!! You clever people make the world go round!! x

  34. MJB says:

    Klaus, you saved my day!
    The day’s of my 6300 are counted and the new Phone looks around the corner. So i had to save all my contacts and date’s to my mac. But, the hell, there’s no sync on Nokia or Apple.
    Dude you made it.
    Big THANK’S.

    MJB

  35. DP says:

    Thanks for this excellent help. I can get my old Nokia 6300 to sync, but having trouble with my new 6303. Do you know if there is something fundamentally different about the 6303 or should this solution still work?

    Thanks!

  36. Matt Rowbottom says:

    Works a treat. Thanks so much for this. All contacts & diary fully synced to my 6300. Genius!

  37. RC says:

    This didn’t work for me. I realize there are a myriad of possibilities, but I did everything as instructed and still my 6301 won’t sync with iSync. Any other suggestions?

  38. Brian says:

    Doesn’t seem to work with Snow Leopard. Picks plugin up but when i double click while setting it up, isync crashes.

  39. Brian says:

    I should have been more specific. When I double click the phone icon while “adding device” isync crashes. Any ideas people?

  40. Brian says:

    It appears my last comments were deleted. I don’t understand why? Anyhow to re-iterate. There is a problem with this method or either isync with Snow Leopard. I previously had it working with just Leopard with the downloadable plugin version on this site. I have subsequently tried the instructions above to manipulate the isync config to get my 6300 working but both the plugin and the config change cause the same issue. That is when trying to “add device” in isync, upon double clicking on the 6300 icon, isync crashes. Can someone please help. I realise most might not have Snow Leopard yet but surely someone has an early retail copy.

  41. Eric says:

    YES!!!!!!

    This worked excellent for my new Nokia 5130 XpressMusic as well, I copied the XML entry for the 6110 and changed it all entries of 6110 to 5130c-2 and it worked. Then used isync for sync of calender and contacts. So happy!

  42. michael scott says:

    has any one tried this with a nokia 2330 classic, i have try all of the above ideas and swapped the model number in the file but still does not work, any ideas??

  43. chris says:

    Hi there,

    Just wondering if you will be generating a Snow Leopard version of the plugin (I’ve done all the other steps but iSync doesn’t like the Leopard plugin).

    Thanks for your work.

  44. chris says:

    BTW, I just noticed some other people asking about Snow Leopard…

    I tried using iSync with all the changes excluding installation of the plugin and it seems to be working at this stage.

  45. Arthur says:

    Many-many thanks, man! Yay! It works!

  46. Chris Berry says:

    For me, the file pathway was there but the MetaClasses.plist file was just missing.

    Any ideas why this is?

  47. Wilfried Krause says:

    Thanks a lot Klaus, the plugin worked just fine until yesterday I installed Snow Leopard. Now there is a red sign with an exclamation mark next to the phone symbol on the iSync screen, and when I try to synchronize, it says that I have to install the plugin once more. But this doesn’t work either as it says I don’t have the required rights. Repairing rights didn’t help any.
    Any solution in sight?

  48. Lee Carroll says:

    IT WORKED IMMEDIATELY! YOU ROCK

  49. Nic H says:

    Amazing fix. Worked a treat. Thanks so much!

  50. Charlie says:

    Brian,

    I have the same problem.

    With Snow Leopard after reinstalling this patch – isync crashes when double clicking on the Nokia 6300 icon after selecting add device.

    Has anyone figured out how to solve this?

    Thanks

  51. Chris says:

    I couldn’t save the PList file after I added the new XML code.. Can anyone help me out?

  52. roger says:

    Brian, Charlie

    I had the same problem as you with OSX 10.6.1 and it’s finally fixed now.

    Anyway, you can see my post at the end of this link (rogermellie @ 09.10.2009 11:18 CEST).

    http://kaspers.freeflux.net/blog/archive/2007/04/13/how-to-isync-a-nokia-6300.html

  53. Florian says:

    Use this for the Nokia 6303 classic:
    (basically the some as for 6300, but change “6300″ into “6303 classic”

    com.nokia.6303
    
    	Identification
    	
    		com.apple.cgmi+cgmm
    		Nokia+Nokia 6303
    		com.apple.gmi+gmm
    		Nokia+Nokia 6303
    		com.apple.usb.vendorid-modelid
    		0x0421/0x045A
    	
    	InheritsFrom
    	
    		family.com.nokia.series40.3rdEd.bus.usb-bt
    	
    	Services
    	
    		
    			ServiceName
    			com.apple.model
    			ServiceProperties
    		
    		
    			ModelIcon
    			NOK6300.tiff
    			ModelName
    			6303
    		
    
    		
    			ServiceName
    			com.apple.synchro
    			ServiceProperties
    		
    		
    			MaxCityLength
    			50
    			MaxEMailLength
    			60
    			MaxEventLocationLength
    			150
    			MaxPhoneNumberLength
    			48
    			MaxPostalCodeLength
    			50
    			MaxStateLength
    			50
    			MaxStreetLength
    			50
    			MaxURLLength
    			60
    		
    	
    
  54. Carole May says:

    Is there a plug in for the Nokia 3555?

    Thanks!

  55. jerryx2000 says:

    Hi how do I update my nokia 6300 with the latest software with a mac??? Thanks

  56. ymor says:

    This plugin was posted in 2007 but it still works with the latest Mac OS (Snowleopard). Thanks to the author.

  57. Jon says:

    Hi there Klaus, I tried the xml manual way first but isync crashes after successfully detecting the 6300 devise. The Snow Leopard compatible plug in worked a perfectly (the xml update had to be reversed first though. The plug in worked a charm after that. Thanks a mil for the post and solution. Jon

  58. Herbert says:


    Brian:

    It appears my last comments were deleted. I don’t understand why? Anyhow to re-iterate. There is a problem with this method or either isync with Snow Leopard. I previously had it working with just Leopard with the downloadable plugin version on this site. I have subsequently tried the instructions above to manipulate the isync config to get my 6300 working but both the plugin and the config change cause the same issue. That is when trying to “add device” in isync, upon double clicking on the 6300 icon, isync crashes. Can someone please help. I realise most might not have Snow Leopard yet but surely someone has an early retail copy.

    I have just installed Snow Leopard, and Klaus’ method works perfect with Snow Leopard. Absolutely no problems. Thanks a lot!

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  60. monica says:

    thanks!!!!!! it really works thanks again for taking the time of doing this

  61. Or pay 9,95 Euro once and get our iSync plugins at novamedia.de without the need to change any metaclassed :-) The result is the same, though!

    These plugins work with 370+ phones as well, btw

    Kind regards,

    Jan Fuellemann (nova media)

  62. I have made a plug-in for the Nokia 2330 classic, which you can have for free, not because I particularly believe it should be free, but just because I can’t be bothered to charge for it. You can get it from:

    http://www.atkinsfamily.ukonline.co.uk/nokia2330isyncplugin.html

  63. Gramse says:

    Thanks a lot for this tutorial. It works great!

    Gramse

  64. Daniel Sayer says:

    Thanks for this…worked a treat!

    d.

  65. LittleSaver says:

    PLEASE HELP !

    Dear Klaus,
    About one year ago I installed your iSync Plug-in as described in this article “How to iSync a Nokia 6300 on Mac OS X” and it was working perfectly ! Thanks for this. However, some days ago all of a sudden it the iMac seems unable to connect with the Nokia 6300 using iSync (although I can browse the Nokia 6300 via the iMac and send sms messages from the iMac via the Nokia 6300). When I startup iSync, it only mention “connecting” without any other action. I tried to re-install the Plug-In, but without positive result. So I’m really desperate, since it used to work perfectly and was very very useful. So, could anybody help ? Many thanks in advance !

  66. Moe says:

    Thank you very much you saved my day!!!

    thx!!!!

  67. Richard says:

    Great. Thanks very much for posting this.

  68. Regina says:

    Will this plug-in also wok for the Nokia 6350? I’m not a programmer and would like to know before I get started on this project.

    Klaus, thank you so much for posting this info. What is up with Nokia that they are not supplying a plug-in for iSync for all their phones???

  69. Peter C says:

    Hi.

    I found the XML on this page copied exactly as above crashed iSync. I believe there is an extra or misplaced tag somewhere in there.

    In any case I just copied the XML from MetaClasses.plist for the 6280, replaced with 6300, and I’m off and running. So despite my minor troubles, many many thanks for the instructions. Without them I never would have found that file, or known the right phone to duplicate.

    Just confirmed, in the txt file the XML begins: com.nokia.6300

    Identification

    In the copy on this page:
    com.nokia.6303

    Identification

    That extra tanked me. No worries though.

  70. Peter C says:

    Shoot…the XML got wiped out. Anyway…

  71. Ian says:

    Many thanks – I have a Nokia X3 which is also a Series 40 phone. I followed your advice and changed the XML to add a section for: Nokia X3-00

    It works like a champ! (using iSync 3.0.2 and Leopard)

  72. Jeppe says:

    Great post – thanks a lot mate

  73. Mikulas says:

    I followed exactly instructions to iSync my Nokia 6303 classic it keeps sayng “device is nor supported by Isync”

  74. Mikulas says:

    Im confused if to put in the xml just Nokia 6303, or Nokia 6303 classic?

  75. James Bogie says:

    Thats absolutely Brilliant, thanks so much
    James

  76. mahesh says:

    Thanks a lot. It worked… amazing…

  77. Mirco says:

    Hi.

    It worked perfectly on 6300. Doesn’t work on 6303. Florian #46 I tried but it didn’t work. Any one has any suggestions?

    Thanks

  78. Pete says:

    It didnt work. I have Mac os X Tiger and in MetaClasses.plist, I replaced the 6280 XML portion with the 6300 and copied the Nokia.tiff to the folder as well. When I start iSync, it detects the Nokia 6300 during scan and shows the Nokia photo as well. But when I double-ckick on my phone, iSync shows it as “unknown (!)” on its sync-bar and doesnt sync at all. What have i done wrong? Thanks a lot

  79. ray says:

    thx a lot klaus
    works perfectly for nokia 6300

  80. nandoneo says:

    Klaus, many many thanks!!!!!
    I don’t know WHY Apple doesn’t insert the supporting of more device in their iSync… because iSync is nice, easy, powerfull but… I cannot belive WHICH is the reason to don’t support more device…
    By other side, this trick is really funny: insert code, concentrate to don’t make “sh*t, hehe!
    Thanks a buch!

  81. henrythemouse says:

    Ian wrote: Many thanks – I have a Nokia X3 which is also a
    Series 40 phone. I followed your advice and changed the XML to add
    a section for: Nokia X3-00 It works like a champ! (using iSync
    3.0.2 and Leopard) —— Ian can you post your configuration? I’ve
    been trying to get my X3-00 working on Snow with out any luck. Or
    email it to witscher@gmail.com Thanks

  82. Steffen says:

    Works nicely with the Nokia 6300 and OS X 10.5.8.
    Tak.

  83. kireesh says:

    oh man…sweet as!!…works awesome. thank you so much..:-)

  84. Mo'in says:

    Does not immediately work on Snow Leopard 10.6.6… to make it work you’ll need to move the phone plugin folder to the Plugins folder in the iSync package. You’ll see other phone plugins listed there as well. I named the folder “Nokia-6300.phoneplugin” and moved the content folder from the plugin to this folder. You can then delete the plugin from it’s previous location. Start iSync and it should work.

  85. Dr. T says:

    I got this to work with a Nokia 6350 from AT&T. I’m running OS X 10.6.6. Instead of XML and a text editor to modify the MetaClasses.plist file, I opened it with Property List Editor (one of the tools in Apple’s free XCode developer’s download). I copied the Nokia 6280 entry, pasted it, renamed it to 6350, changed every 6280 item to 6350, and saved the modified plist file. I downloaded the NOK6300.tiff file, renamed it NOK6350.tiff, and added it to the already open Resources folder. I closed the iSync package, launched it, and it recognized the 6350 and synchronized it with my Address Book. Yeah!

    Note: Initially I could not save the changed MetaClasses.plist file. I had to open the iSync package, select the Contents folder, Get Info on it, add my admin account to Sharing & Permissions and give it Read & Write privileges, and then select the option to Apply to enclosed items.

  86. Yeri says:

    Hi, when i had problem with my new Nokia X3 i tryied http://www.phonecopy.com which synchronize contacts via GSM network to cloud and i downloaded free App for my Mac to access it. Works great.

  87. haero says:

    You Rock Man!
    Thanks

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