File transfer from Mac

Hi there,

Well I think Fairphone is what it claimed… at least from my point of view :wink:

Anyway, maybe you could try a client to sync mac to android phone. Something like SyncMate. I have no experience with that kind of software so I can’t provide any help (maybe someone here?). But it seems to be simple to use and close to your needs, isn’t it?

Hope it helps.


Hi @Johannes,

I used Macs in my old job regularly, we do have some iMacs in my new job and I could ask my colleages if I can try something.
What do you want to do exactly?

Personally I do not like Apple so much, in my opinion this stuff is only extremly expensive and overrated and since Snow Leopard (10.6) the OSX versions are getting more and more buggy…


Hi @werner_noebauer,

Thanks for the reply - the question was more secondary to getting the interaction with the Mac to work: @colmosiris was looking at storing contacts outside of the Google cloud, and I recall you tried a couple of setups for that. Apologies if I’m mistaken on that account!

Hi Johannes,

for saving contacts I mainy used “MyPhone Explorer” which is Windows based.
I will check if how I synced my contacts on Macs.

thanks very much, yes, i’ll give that a try.

i’m really glad you’ve had a good experience with it, hope i still can. :slight_smile:

thanks. i’ve been using Macs for over thirty years, and i have a lot more problems with the last few OSes than i ever used to. i could write pages about it! but especially with the phone. apparently (as yet unverified) the latest update will kill the phone if you’ve had the screen replaced by a non-authorised person. this may be why my iPhone is now dead.

and they slow down old iPhones “to save the battery”, so why does the phone always go back to full power mode after charging, when i always select low power mode? this is Apple wanting me to buy a new battery! or preferably a new phone!

so what i actually want to do is firstly, use the phone without a Google account (which i’ve been shown documentation about), as i didn’t even know i “needed” one, and then to load my contacts and calendar (haven’t even thought about the calendar yet!) onto it from my computer. i hope that isn’t asking too much! :slight_smile:

also, i’d like to be able to synchronise the phone and the computer, if that’s possible, once it’s all set up?

My apologies for confusing you further as had assumed that you knew about Fairphone Open OS when mentioning wanting to avoid “Google”; the instructions that I gave appertain to Fairphone Open OS not standard one. It is Mac OS which introduces further issue as would need to purchase software to convert .csv to .vcf format such as
When there is advice to calibrate new battery and configure proximity sensor just when you want to start using device it can seem daunting.

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thanks, and no worries! this is a bit like being let loose in an ocean in a tin bath

i can create vcards out of Apple’s Contacts app, but AFAIK, only one card at a time. i will investigate.

advice about calibrating the new battery and configuring the proximity sensor (didn’t even know there was one!)? i’ve not seen it. there’s nothing about it in the User Guide.

re avoiding Google, i don’t want a Google account, and i want my contacts and calendar to be only on my phone, not in the cloud. (and on my computer, if possible, but i’m not assuming anything any more!)

I hope that syncmate or some other software will help you on this :wink:

With regards calibrating proximity sensor tool can be found in the settings. Scroll down to the very bottom and select “Maintainance”. Then choose “Proximity sensor”.
Battery first charge, see here:
If device discharging quickly see here:
Extending battery life:
You could look at ContactSync: and CalendarSync: which can be used independently of Google.


btw, that #community:angels link doesn’t work. :frowning:

thanks. i hope so too. :slight_smile:

update - it looks like this phone may be faulty, as it is refusing to connect to any networks, so no point in doing things i’ll have to repeat, best to wait till the issue is fixed, i think.

Here try this one: #fairphoneangels.

The other one points to a hidden category, but unfortunately that pops up first if you enter #ang… and you have access to that category.


Thanks, I didn’t know that.

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thanks for all the links, i’ve bookmarked them all. will start researching! :slight_smile:

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thanks, i’ll get in touch with them :slight_smile:

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I haven’t read all of this thread in detail but I can understand your frustration. In case you’re still looking for answers: Fairphone Open OS is a version of Android without all of the Google stuff that usually comes with it (Android doesn’t actually belong to Google, it’s open source). It works fine except for a few functions which you may or may not need (push messages and, for some apps, localization - these need additional Apps and Settings that take a bit of time to understand).

I use my Fairphone with Open OS (and it works!) and synchronize my contacts (and Calendar) with my Mac. The app I use to do this is SyncMate. It is not open source but the basic functions are available for free. And the data is transferred via USB, it doesn’t use a cloud. Let me know if you need any more information on this!

Good luck!


I see you had several issues, some of them quite obvious some other not. Some “heavy” user finds it all very simple but its not if you dont have some technical background that helps you going through the files.

As a suggestion Id invite you to keep your FPoS with Google in it, it will make you much easier to do tasks like transferring contacts.

Im a mac user myself and went from an iphone6 to my beloved fairphone. I had some issues at the beginning, it took me a couple of weeks, but Id never go back to another device.

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hallo everybody, sorry to have been so rude, i’ve had some personal issues to sort out, as well as the service from my provider not transferring smoothly (in fact it’s still not complete). and i’ll be away now till the 28th, so won’t be able to deal with this till then. many thanks for your patience.


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