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User experience: downloading pictures with BitPim 1.0.7 and OS X Mavericks (10.9)

by The Crunchy Frog    Oct 31, 2013, 8:28 PM

I figured out how to get BitPim to download the Samsung SCH-A670's photos on Mac OS X 10.9. I had trouble with BitPim auto-detecting the correct port for the phone. Just wanted to post this in case someone else needs to get photos off of this phone. I used a cheap Samsung-to-USB cable I got on Amazon.


  1. Turn on the phone and connect it to the cable and the cable to the computer.
  2. Open Terminal.app. Copy and paste the following, then hit return:
    ls /dev > ~/with.txt

  3. Unplug the cable from the computer
  4. Copy and paste this into Terminal:
    ls /dev > ~/without.txt

  5. And finally this:
    diff ~/with.txt ~/without.txt

  6. Whatever shows up there is your candidate list for ports. Mine showed this:
    16d15
    < cu.wwan
    187d185
    < tty.wwan

  7. Plug the cable back into the computer
  8. In the preferences, set the comm port to "/dev/[item from your candidate list]" (no quotes). For example, what worked for me was "/dev/tty.wwan" (again, no quotes)
  9. I also suggest checking the checkbox that prevents you from writing anything to the phone, just to make sure you don't destroy any of the pictures you're trying to save.
  10. If you try to detect the phone, it still won't work, but if you click the "Get Data" button in the toolbar, click the checkbox for Wallpapers, and then start the transfer, it should transfer the pictures. (Scarily, the way this is described ("Replace all") makes it seem as if you're going to replace everything on the camera, but if you chose "Get Data", that shouldn't be the case.)
  11. You'll get a new item called "camera" in the list in the sidebar (just above "images"). Strangely, nothing showed up in the content window for me. Just grey. Anyway, right-click it to show the contextual menu, and choose Export. Save the images to whatever folder you like. It should be busy for a moment, and then the images should be saved. Done.

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