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Tips from BlackBerry - Updating Device Software

There are many reasons you may want or need to upgrade the BlackBerry Device Software on the BlackBerry smartphone:

  • There is an issue with the device that might be resolved by updating to the most recent version of software.
  • You want to access the latest features on the BlackBerry smartphone

You require the following items to update the BlackBerry Device Software on a BlackBerry smartphone:

  • USB Cable
  • BlackBerry smartphone
  • An Internet connection

There are two ways to update BlackBerry Device Software:

  • Using the Internet. This is also known as web-software loading (WebSL). This is the fastest and easiest way for a customer to update BlackBerry smartphone software.
  • Using BlackBerry Desktop Manager

The update process takes 30-45 minutes to complete.

Update BlackBerry Device Software using BlackBerry Desktop Manager

To update BlackBerry Device Software to a BlackBerry smartphone using BlackBerry Desktop Manager, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the web site.
  2. Click Check for Updates.
  3. Select and download the version of BlackBerry Device Software approved by your wireless service provider for use with the BlackBerry smartphone model.
  4. Open the executable file of the software and follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
  5. Open BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
  6. Connect the BlackBerry smartphone to the computer using a USB cable.  Note: do not disconnect the smartphone while reloading software.
  7. When BlackBerry Desktop Manager prompts you to update your smartphone software, complete one of the following steps, depending on your version of BlackBerry Desktop Manager:
    • BlackBerry Desktop Manager 5.0.1
    • When prompted, select Update Now.
    • If BlackBerry Desktop Manager does not automatically prompt you to update the smartphone software, click Application Loader.
    • Under Update Software, click Start.
    • BlackBerry Desktop Software 6.0
    • When prompted, select Update my device.
  8. Do any of the following:
    • To keep a backup file of your device data and settings, select the Back up your device data check box. This backup file is restored to your device after the update is complete. If you do not back up your data, your device data, settings, and email messages are deleted from your device after the update is installed.
    • To encrypt your backup data, click Encrypt backup file.
    • If you want to receive an email message when an updated version of BlackBerry Device Software is available, select the Email me when new versions are available check box.
  9. Click Install update.

Update BlackBerry Device Software using the Internet (web-software loading)

To update BlackBerry Device Software to a BlackBerry smartphone using the Internet, follow these steps:

  • Visit the web site.
  • Click Check for Updates.
  • Complete the instructions on the screen to perform the software reload.

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