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Monday, January 17, 2011

To mount Nokia Phones on Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat

Mount nokia phones on Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat

Goto terminal type in
"lsusb" (without quotes)Click here to find out more about the command lsusb.
which should give you around 10 lines of output (depends on usb devices attached), I could spot my Nokia phone:

Bus 003 Device 003: ID 0421:043a Nokia Mobile Phones

This line shows the VendorID and ProductID of the phone, for my Nokia N70:

VendorID = 0421
ProductID = 043a

Now copy/paste the following line in the Terminal:

sudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/040-permissions.rules

and add the following line to the end of the text file:

BUS=="usb", SYSFS{idVendor}=="VendorID", SYSFS{idProduct}=="ProductID",
GROUP="plugdev", USER="yourUserNname"

Replace VendorID and ProductID with the numbers from the lsusd result, and yourUserName with your username.


BUS=="usb", SYSFS{idVendor}=="0421", SYSFS{idProduct}=="043a",
GROUP="plugdev", USER="neo"

Save the file and close it. This little trick will give you rights to access and use the USB port where the mobile device is connected.

Then goto Terminal type in:

obextool --obexcmd "obexftp -u 1

If you dont find obextool installed,login as root and then type in

apt-get install obextool

You are done!! Enjoy


  1. This is great Artical....!!!!
    Was searching this kind of stuff only for me Samsung Omnia i385. worked like charm :D

    This works with nautilus but not with dolphin.. any help for making it work with dolphin. ??

    1. Sorry! I have not been writing for a long time now. Did you figure a way out? Yes, this does not work with Dolphin... You can choose to install GNOME (if you already have, then that is nice!)

  2. i started the laptop. and obextool stopped working. nautilus shows the device but it shows nothing in side the storage directory. :( :( what to do ??

    1. i mean i restarted the laptop.

    2. OBEX is a bit buggy... and GMTP is better off... and I see that you have used it, great!

  3. i tried using GMTP.. and that is working pretty now :)