Jun 05


Well it seems that OSX won’t recognise any Samsung phones. A bit disappointing given their TV adds on how Macintosh is friendly with everything! I rang Samsung and they said ‘we don’t support macintosh’

So to get my samsung D900i working on OSX I had to do this: (I’m not suggesting you do it for whatever reasons like you might sue me if it doesn’t work, but it worked for me).

1. Download this file: D900iUSB.pkg.zip

2. Run it

3. Put some memory in the mobile phone miniSD slot because it is only the external memory that the phone uses as a USB drive. (I got 2G for $25 so it’s pretty cheap)

4. Go into the USB settings on the phone and set it to USB mass media, not USB modem.

3. Plug in your Samsung D900i and wow, it mounts AND itunes now recognises it and imports the photos automatically!

Note: if you want to SYNC your samsung D900i that is a separate issue, look here.

76 Responses to “Mounting Samsung D900i as USB drive in OSX”

  1. Glenn says:

    Hi, not really working here.

    Do I open a terminal bash, just paste the line and save?
    Or do I run a new command before restarting ?
    Tried both, but the mobile is not recognised.

    Thnks 4ur help!

  2. Wayne says:

    1. You need to have some memory in the mobile phone miniSD slot because it is only the external memory that the phone uses as a USB drive. (I got 2G for $25 so it’s pretty cheap)
    2. Also you need to go into the USB settings on the phone and set it to USB mass media, not USB modem.
    Let me know how that goes!

  3. Glenn says:

    Great stuff! It works now. Thank u for your help.

  4. John says:

    Thanks for this…

  5. chinar says:

    it works great!

    thank you :)

  6. mandy says:

    I’m a bit ashamed to say, but I can’t find the file to run…
    Help, someone??

  7. Wayne says:

    Click on the “D900i.pgk.zip” in the article abov, and it should download to your desktop. Otherwise, try control click and select “save link as” and you can tell it where you want to save the file to.

  8. Fred says:

    do you think it can work with another models like Samsung E900 ?
    Someone else tried ?

  9. Fred says:

    I tried but it does’nt work, first there is no USB tune on E900 it’s automatic,
    d’you think it’s possible to change this D900 plug to be able working with E900 ?

  10. Hannah says:

    I have tried this with my D900i and wont work? I open the zip, installed it and it doesnt save the program anywhere? As I go through the installation it says it requires 0 bytes of space? Is this right? What am I doing wrong?

  11. Ines says:

    will it work on D900? I have a powerbook 10.3.9, and isync does not “see” my phone!

  12. Sandra says:

    I have downloaded the file and installed it but am unable to see my phone in itunes let alone what I’ve installed onmy computer, is there someting else I need to do?

    Also Wayne’s suggestion above of changing the setting of the USB on my phone, can anyone help me in finding it on my settings. Oh and do you need the extra memory as sugested by Wayne? Please help me!!!!!!!

    Thank you :)

  13. Rob says:

    Hi Had error 17535 come up in the Stuffit window.

    How can I get arround this?

  14. Wayne says:

    try downloading it again

  15. wayne says:

    Yes you need extra memory.

    This is not how to sync your phone, this is how to mount it as a USB drive. If you want to sync your phone it is a completely different issue. You can sync via bluetooth, you don’t need extra memory, see the separate article. (Do a site search on d900.)

  16. John says:

    Great advice, but I don’t have a USB setting in phone Settings menu to change it to USB mass media. Can someone help????


  17. Will says:

    Hey Wayne,

    I seem to have a problem… I have memory in my phones memory card slot and i’ve downloaded D900iUSB.pkg.zip, unzipped it and ran it. I then restarted my computer as the installer told me to. I then plug my phone into the usb and nothing happens… Help?

  18. Will says:

    Sorry… I’ve also changed the usb setting to usb mass media.

  19. Wayne says:

    The phone settings are here:

    Menu/Settings/Phone Settings(2)/USB Setting(8)

    then select Mass storage, and be sure to press SAVE.

    Also, for me it seems that the phone keeps reverting back to Modem so you need to manually set it back to ‘Mass storage’ each time before you plug it into your computer.

  20. Will says:

    So does anyone know what I’m doing wrong?

  21. geff says:

    how do i get the file to work

  22. Theo says:

    I’ve done everything. Memory in the phone, usb setting on mass media, installed driver & restarted. Why won’t it show up as a drive??

  23. Will says:

    Ditto… Is this only for 10.4 and later? I’m running 10.3.9.

  24. Will says:

    Where’s Wayne?

  25. wayne says:

    Will, I was running it on 10.4, has anyone here used this successfully under 10.3.9 or earlier?

    If all else fails you could buy a USB adapter to plug the phone micro SD card into the mac directly.

    I don’t use this feature much, the sync feature I use continually!

  26. Keni says:

    Wayne, would I be able to import the contents of my message inbox into my mac through the method described above?

    If not, would you happen to have any advice on this issue?
    Thanks !

  27. wayne says:

    No when you mount it as a USB drive it just imports the photos into iphoto.
    When you sync it, it syncs contacts and calendars, but not messages as far as I can see.

  28. […] Note: if you want to mount your samsung D900i as a USB drive that is a separate issue, look here. […]

  29. Keni says:

    I see.

    Any suggestion on how I should go about sync/downloading my messages to my mac.

  30. Trin says:


    I have samsung sgh-e590 and I’d love to be able to do the same thing with it. Where didi that zip file came from? Can I get a patch for samsung sgh-e590 as well?

    I kin of lie that hone but the no apple compatibility was a bummer. will be great to be able to fix this

    Thanks in advance to anyone how can help here


  31. Trin says:

    looks like i need a new keyboard too ;) that one is skipping keystrokes …

  32. flo says:

    hi wayne,
    i have the same question like in the comment before. Will your patch work with the sgh-e590?
    Waiting for your answer, Best regards,


  33. Rob says:

    Very nice! Program also works fine for the samsung soul U900

  34. wayne says:

    If you want to get the sgh-e590 or other samsung phone going, get ‘USB prober’ (comes with dev tools on all OSX installations).
    Run USB prober.
    Plug in the phone,
    Hit the refresh button.
    Look for the entry that has your phone
    Find the line that says:
    Device VendorID/ProductID: 0×05AC/0×0204 (Blah Blah phone company)
    Email me the Device Vendor ID/Product ID. (eg 0×05AC/0×0204)
    I’ll see what I can do.

  35. leong says:

    hey wayne,
    usb prober can only be found on the apple developer’s site? and it will cost my powerbook memory 1G which i cant afford.

    any other way for my mac to recognise the e590? before i get the conventional card reader?

  36. wayne says:

    Go to about this mac in your file menu.

    Click on more info.

    Click on USB in the left window.

    Select your phone in the top in the right window and down the bottom there should be an entry that says product ID and vendor ID.

    I will try and write an entry on how to make these drivers yourself.

  37. Gonzo says:

    I have samsung d900:

    Can you make your patch work with it?

  38. Trin says:

    Wayne. Thanks a lot for spending time on this. I really appreciate it.

    here is wht system profiler tells me:

    SAMSUNG Mobile USB Modem:

    Version: 1.00
    Bus Power (mA): 500
    Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
    Manufacturer: Samsung
    Product ID: 0x665c
    Serial Number: 353494-01-210643
    Vendor ID: 0x04e8

  39. flo says:

    With mac ox x 10.5.3 my samsung sgh-e590 work without any patches. Just update! Thanks for your help.

  40. trin says:

    I got Leopard last week and the e590 now works as usb device. Still no synching i think but big step forward.

  41. Paul says:


  42. andy says:


    I had my gfs samsung hooking up with my old mac but since i got anew imac running 10.5 it doesnt seem to work ive run your zip and says installed the phone says usb connected and it comes up in the about this mac/more info/usb bit but i cant see it on the desktop or in the finder!

    Please help!


  43. christophe says:


    i’ve a SAMSUNG SGH-G600, i would like to have USB mass storage and sync. Could you tell me how to do ?

    Device VendorID/ProductID: 0x04E8/0x663E


  44. Ernestomac says:

    Hello wayne THANKS!!!!! the pacht works fine with Tiger 10.4.11 and a Samsung SGH-J700L, thanks again, i wasted a lot of time browsing the web and well i found this usefull site.


  45. Dora says:


    I have a D900i when Plug in my USB iPotos mounts but says there are no photos, what am I doing wrong. I have set my USB to mass media.

    Can someone please help

    Thanks in eager anticipation


  46. Tino says:

    Thanks a lot!!!!!!
    I downloaded en installed D900iUSB.pkg.zip.
    My mac recognizes now mij Samsung SGH-J700.

  47. haider says:

    how can i transfer the pictures from 900i to my pc

  48. blasie says:

    Hi i have:

    Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics Co.,Ltd.
    Product ID: 0x5055
    Vendor ID: 0x04e8
    can you help?

  49. Thanks. This also worked for my Samsung J700 with OS Tiger.

  50. lorenzo says:

    Thanks, it works fine for my new gsh d880. It mounts both directories, the internal and the 2g card.

  51. CURRO1905 says:

    el drive D900iUSB.pkg.zip funciona en el mac X para el tfno J700….jajaj

  52. Oryx says:

    Result – I used this with a G600 to get music off iTunes. This works. Need to restart Mac for connection to work and it will not copy downloaded tunes, but all those off CD work fine. Any ideas on the restart issue?

    Thanks again my son is really pleased !

  53. Graeme says:

    Hi Wayne,
    Just to say a sincere big thank you for the Mac/Samsung utilities.
    My D900i now not only syncs to my Mac(s)… it has enabled me to connect using USB and transfer the ‘Our Man Flint’ telephone sound as a ringtone (something I have never been able to do with my venerable Nokia 6310i)… awesome!!

    Many thanks again,

  54. Danny says:

    Legend! This works with my G600, thanks but what’s up with Samsung not liking Macs??? this will be my one and only Samsung phone, back to Nokia after this!

  55. khomkrit says:

    Many Thanks for your tip.

  56. Dillon says:

    I really liked the way they came off

  57. cpt.catarro says:

    great stuff, it works great =)

    thx u very much!

  58. JBB says:

    works well with my son’s G600

  59. Tony B says:

    Big thanks Wayne,
    I just bought my son a J700i plugged it in to his mac and nothing

    I downloaded and ran D900iUSB.pkg.zip on his old G4 quicksilver running 10.57, worked like a charm and the poor phone is now full of his dodgy R&B and grime music.

  60. Luiz says:

    I have a Samsung i617 and I’d really appreciate it if you could help me with the driver!

    Device VendorID/ProductID: 0x04E8/0x6663

    Thanks a lot!

  61. peter says:

    !!!!please susbsitute my last post for this one, forgot to take out my serial number/imei!!!:pp thx:))!!!!!

    hi wayne, after one iphone year i went back to my old samsung, discovering about cell phone sar values and how important it is to keep them low if we must use a phone. thing is my brilliant samsung can’t transfer large files through bluetooth, and that is now important for me. can u please do your trick one more time, or tell me how to if possible? my phone is the sgh-x830, one of the top 3 cell phones ever built bellow 0.2 sar values (at 0.119, it is nearly 14 times less damaging than my iphone 3g). here is what shows on the sys profiler when connected through usb (thanks in advance!):

    Product ID: 0×6702
    Vendor ID: 0×04e8 (Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.)
    Version: 0.01
    Serial Number: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
    Manufacturer: SAMSUNG
    Location ID: 0×26200000
    Current Available (mA): 500
    Current Required (mA): 500

  62. Paddy says:


  63. me says:

    works great for samsung s7350 on osx 10.4.11
    thanks wayne

  64. […] again we do not provide software to facilitate this." Completely nuts. You could try this: http://macintoshhowto.com/phone/get-…ile-phone.html Or get a micro sd card and card reader & just install that way. Or take your phone […]

  65. Amy Bacon says:

    Hi, Wayne:
    Product ID: 0x663e
    Vendor ID: 0x04e8 (Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.)
    I have been searching hi and low to find a driver to allow me to access my Samsung phones thru Bitpim – am hoping you can help!


  66. Elena says:

    Hi guys,

    thanks a lot for the advice! It worked well for me for sgh-g600!


  67. is this trick still works until now? I ask this because this post is written on 2005. thanks in advance.

  68. Thanks, this blog aided me somewhat in solving some issues with the latest release, Why do they always seem to leave out vital documentation when they upgrade? It may be minor to them but not to me. I’m sure i’m not alone.

  69. Matt says:

    I’ve installed the patch on iMac with Tiger 10.4.11 and cannot see the memory card on Samsung J700.

    I have changed PC Connection settings to to Mass Storage and Saved. From System Profiler:

    Version: 1.00
    Bus Power (mA): 500
    Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
    Manufacturer: Samsung
    Product ID: 0x675a
    Serial Number: 000000-00-000000
    Vendor ID: 0x04e8

  70. fawad says:

    How to mount Samsung Galaxy Mini?

  71. Jason says:


    Thanks for the useful information! I can’t wait to try it!

    Keep it up!

  72. Ross Koning says:

    Downloaded file unzips OK, but runs into a problem with install in 10.6.8. Installer suggests an update is required. I’m not sure if I need to UNINSTALL those parts of the install files it wrote to the drive/system. The installer at the end of the problem reporting said the installation was successful…what’s with that? Strange. Would appreciate advice on how to uninstall whatever it attempted to install.

  73. Stu says:

    Thank you, after much banging my head in frustration I’m off to try this with my D900

  74. donna says:

    Just want to say i think i love you, thank you!!

Leave a Reply

Copyright © 2013 Wayne Connor. All rights reserved. | Hosted on bluehost.com Click here to find out why.