How To: Upgrade your BlackBerry Software

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Do I need to upgrade?

Operating System check for BlackBerryThe first question you’ll want to ask yourself is “Do I really need to upgrade?” The only time when an OS upgrade is really necessary is if you want some of the newer features or some application requires it. If you’re on a company BlackBerry, you might not even have to do the upgrade yourself – the latest versions of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server should be able to push out handheld software wirelessly.

Aside from that, you’ll also need to find out if your device supports the latest software. Right now we’re up to OS 4.5, which goes back as far as the BlackBerry 8700. If you’re packing an older device, check some of our download sites below to get the last version of software that worked on your BlackBerry.

There’s one last thing you should do before getting started: see if you already have the latest software. You can do that by going to Options, then About. The first line will show your model number and the second one starting with “v” should show your software version (not “Platform”). If it’s 4.5.X.XX (or 4.6.X.XX on the BlackBerry Bold), you should be alright. Any lower and you’re eligible for an upgrade.

After figuring out if you need to upgrade, there are three big steps you have to make – download Desktop Manager, download your handset’s software and install it on the BlackBerry. Easy, right?

  • kaoma

    i have a blackberry 8310 but i can’t browse what can i do