Install Blackberry® Handheld Software - Blackberry Desktop Manager (Windows)

Caution Before installing the handheld software the BlackBerry Desktop Manager must be installed. The BlackBerry cradle or USB cable must be connected directly to the desktop/laptop and not through a docking station / port replicator or USB hub.

Warning Warning: It is critical that the computer used during installation is not allowed to enter stand-by, hibernate, or suspend mode. Failure to prevent this results in a failed install and possible permanent damage to the device.
  1. Launch BlackBerry Desktop Manager then connect the device to the computer using the cable/cradle.
    Note Navigate Start > Programs (All Programs) > Blackberry > Desktop Manager.
    Note With Windows 10, click Start > Apps icon Apps Menu icon (located in the top-left corner) > All apps (located in the bottom-left corner) > BlackBerry > BlackBerry Desktop Software / Desktop Manager.
  2. Click Update Now.
    Note If the window does not appear, open the Application Loader.
  3. If prompted, verify the PIN number of the device and enter the device password (if applicable) then click OK.
  4. From Update Software, click Start.
  5. Click Options.
  6. Ensure desired apps are selected (checked) then click Settings (located in the lower-right corner).
  7. Ensure desired Backup Options are selected (checked) then click OK.
    Note If experiencing a JVM error, do not back up device data.
    • Back up device data automatically during the installation process
    • Encrypt backup file
  8. Click Next (located in the lower-right corner).
  9. Click Finish (located in the lower-right corner).
    Note Time of system upgrade may range from 20 minutes to a full hour. During this time, the Blackberry display screen may be blank. Do not unplug the device during the upgrade operation.
  10. Click Main Menu (located in the lower-right corner).