BlackBerry® Operating System (OS) FAQs

General Information

  1. What is the BlackBerry operating system (OS)?

    BlackBerry is a mobile operating system originally created by Research In Motion (RIM). RIM now goes by the name BlackBerry. The BlackBerry name refers to the unique physical keyboard design on early devices that resembled the fruit of the same name.

    Widely popular in the business world, BlackBerry is best known for its email features and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM™).

    You can learn more at the BlackBerry OS Support page.

  2. How can I find out which BlackBerry OS version is on my device?

    The steps to find the current OS version vary by device. Below are general instructions that work for most BlackBerry devices. For detailed instructions about a specific device, please check the User Guide.

    Instructions for some newer BlackBerry devices:

    1. From the Home screen, scroll to and select Settings.
    2. Select About to display version information.

    Instructions for most older BlackBerry devices:

    1. Select the Options icon on the Home screen. (It may be in a Settings folder, depending on your theme.)
    2. Select Device.
    3. Select About Device Versions to display version information.
  3. How do I update my device to a newer version of the BlackBerry OS?

    Refer to the BlackBerry Smartphones Support page for more information about your OS and other software on your device.

  4. How much does it cost to update my BlackBerry OS?

    You aren’t charged for the update to your BlackBerry OS. However, data charges may apply according to your data plan.

    If you're concerned about data overages, consider using Safety Mode on the new Verizon Plan.

  5. What is BlackBerry World™?

    BlackBerry World is BlackBerry’s digital storefront where you can download apps, games, music, videos and themes.

  6. What is BlackBerry Messenger (BBM™)?

    BBM is an instant messaging service that you can use to chat with other BlackBerry users.

  7. Can I purchase a BlackBerry device online?

    You can purchase BlackBerry devices online on our BlackBerry Smartphones page.

BlackBerry 10

  1. What is BlackBerry 10?

    BlackBerry 10 is a mobile OS launched by the BlackBerry company (formally named Research In Motion) in 2013.

  2. What are the features of BlackBerry 10?

    For more information about the features available in BlackBerry 10, refer to our BlackBerry OS Support page.

  3. Is BlackBerry 10 available for all BlackBerry devices?

    No, BlackBerry 10 is only available for certain devices. Devices that currently run on an older version of the BlackBerry OS aren’t capable of updating to BlackBerry 10.

  4. Can I update my device to BlackBerry 10 from an earlier version of the OS?

    No, devices with the BlackBerry 7 OS or earlier aren’t able to update to BlackBerry 10.

BlackBerry 7

  1. What is BlackBerry 7?

    BlackBerry 7 is a mobile OS created by the BlackBerry company (formally named Research In Motion). It originally launched in April 2011, and a 7.1 version update was released in January 2012.

  2. What are the features of BlackBerry 7?

    For more information about the features available in BlackBerry 7, refer to our BlackBerry OS Support page.

  3. Is BlackBerry 7 available for all BlackBerry devices?

    No, BlackBerry 7 is only available for certain BlackBerry devices. Devices that launched with a previous BlackBerry OS version aren’t capable of running BlackBerry 7.

    To see if an update is currently available for your device or coming soon, check the Advanced Devices - Software Updates page regularly.

  4. When can I update my device to BlackBerry 7 or 7.1?

    This depends on which device you have. Refer to the Advanced Devices - Software Updates page to see if your device can be updated.

  5. Will I still be able to use my apps if I update from BlackBerry 7 to BlackBerry 7.1?

    Yes, however you may need to reinstall* certain apps. For more information about a specific app, visit the BlackBerry World store.

    *Data usage may apply.


  1. I’m trying to sign in to my BlackBerry Internet Service Account, but I’m getting this error message: “The User ID and Password provided are invalid. Please re-enter your User ID and Password and try again.” What should I do?

    First, verify that you’re entering the correct User ID and password. If you can’t remember your password, you can have a new one sent to your device:

    1. Go to the BlackBerry website.
    2. Click Forgot Password?
    3. Enter your User ID in the User name field.
    4. Click Request Password.

    A new password will be sent to your device, which you can use to sign in to your BlackBerry Internet Service account.

    Note: Remember to change your password once you have successfully signed in to your account.

  2. Where can I get additional troubleshooting help for my BlackBerry device?

    If you’re experiencing other issues with your BlackBerry device, our online Troubleshooting Assistant may be able to help. Select your device from the list to view the troubleshooting topics available.

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