How to change the default browser on your BlackBerry

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“How do you change the default browser from the blackberry one to a 3rd party browser app?”

The short answer is: you can’t. This is one functionality I wish existed with the Blackberry OS. It would be nice to fire up your favorite Browser when clicking a link from within an email, text or other 3rd party application. There are other browsers out there that I think blow the native Blackberry browser out of the water in terms of function such as Bolt and Opera Mini but unfortunately RIM hasn’t given us the option to change this as of yet! RIM are you listening?

Thanks for the questions Ryan!

This is part of Joe’s weekly Ask BlackBerry Joe column. To get your BlackBerry questions answered, just leave them in the comments.

  • brendon

    Wrong.
    It maybe the case for you but my blackberry storm has 3 browsers installed. Blackberry, IE and firefox. Firefox is my browser of choice because a site I frequent does not work properly with the other two browsers

  • brendon

    Wrong.
    It maybe the case for you but my blackberry storm has 3 browsers installed. Blackberry, IE and firefox. Firefox is my browser of choice because a site I frequent does not work properly with the other two browsers

  • brendon

    Wrong.
    It maybe the case for you but my blackberry storm has 3 browsers installed. Blackberry, IE and firefox. Firefox is my browser of choice because a site I frequent does not work properly with the other two browsers

  • brendon

    Wrong.
    It maybe the case for you but my blackberry storm has 3 browsers installed. Blackberry, IE and firefox. Firefox is my browser of choice because a site I frequent does not work properly with the other two browsers

  • brendon

    Wrong.
    It maybe the case for you but my blackberry storm has 3 browsers installed. Blackberry, IE and firefox. Firefox is my browser of choice because a site I frequent does not work properly with the other two browsers

  • brendon

    Wrong.
    It maybe the case for you but my blackberry storm has 3 browsers installed. Blackberry, IE and firefox. Firefox is my browser of choice because a site I frequent does not work properly with the other two browsers

  • brendon

    Wrong.
    It maybe the case for you but my blackberry storm has 3 browsers installed. Blackberry, IE and firefox. Firefox is my browser of choice because a site I frequent does not work properly with the other two browsers

  • Guy Bridges

    This is a very misleading title for an article! It should be called “Can I change the default browser on my BlackBerry?”. Is that what is not what is being asked?
    Cool site and sites…I do enjoy the posted articles and videos. Thanks.

  • Guy Bridges

    This is a very misleading title for an article! It should be called “Can I change the default browser on my BlackBerry?”. Is that what is not what is being asked?
    Cool site and sites…I do enjoy the posted articles and videos. Thanks.

  • WPerry66

    I agree, the title was misleading considering the end result is that you cannot change the default browser. So I think the “How-to” should have been omitted.

    Also, brendon you are mistaken. You don’t have 3 browsers installed on your BB. There is only one browser, which is the default BB browser. The options you are talking about are settings which control how websites recognize your browser. Some sites work better with IE rather than Firefox and vise-versa. Currently Firefox does not have a mobile browser released for BB (yet, keep your fingers crossed).

  • WPerry66

    I agree, the title was misleading considering the end result is that you cannot change the default browser. So I think the “How-to” should have been omitted.

    Also, brendon you are mistaken. You don’t have 3 browsers installed on your BB. There is only one browser, which is the default BB browser. The options you are talking about are settings which control how websites recognize your browser. Some sites work better with IE rather than Firefox and vise-versa. Currently Firefox does not have a mobile browser released for BB (yet, keep your fingers crossed).

  • WPerry66

    I agree, the title was misleading considering the end result is that you cannot change the default browser. So I think the “How-to” should have been omitted.

    Also, brendon you are mistaken. You don’t have 3 browsers installed on your BB. There is only one browser, which is the default BB browser. The options you are talking about are settings which control how websites recognize your browser. Some sites work better with IE rather than Firefox and vise-versa. Currently Firefox does not have a mobile browser released for BB (yet, keep your fingers crossed).

  • Eric

    Hi, I have a blackberry 9530 unlocked phone. Do you know how to change the browser setting because when I click the browser it been telling me your device does not currently have any browser configuration service book entries. Please contact you service provider to enable the browser.( please help )

  • Eric

    Hi, I have a blackberry 9530 unlocked phone. Do you know how to change the browser setting because when I click the browser it been telling me your device does not currently have any browser configuration service book entries. Please contact you service provider to enable the browser.( please help )

  • Nessie

    hi… have same problem with Eric. I have blackberry 9630 unlocked. And every time i try to use the browser it gives me a prompt that “your device does not have any browser configuration book entries, please contact your service provider”. please need help. thank you. God bless.

  • Nessie

    hi… have same problem with Eric. I have blackberry 9630 unlocked. And every time i try to use the browser it gives me a prompt that “your device does not have any browser configuration book entries, please contact your service provider”. please need help. thank you. God bless.

  • @Nessie, Eric

    Nessie and Eric, That’s mean you dont have Blackberry dataplan BIS from your provider. Get one, or you can try BOLT or OPERA mini.

  • @Nessie, Eric

    Nessie and Eric, That’s mean you dont have Blackberry dataplan BIS from your provider. Get one, or you can try BOLT or OPERA mini.

  • Brittney

    I hid my web brower by accident. And I would like to know how to restore it back on my main screen? Please help :)

  • Simon

    I have Bold 8700. I installed Opera Mini. On the home page I moved it so it appears above the default browser. It now appears to work as default browser, eg if I click a hyperlink in an email, it will open in Opera. Works for a friend of mine with same model.

  • Simon

    I have Bold 8700. I installed Opera Mini. On the home page I moved it so it appears above the default browser. It now appears to work as default browser, eg if I click a hyperlink in an email, it will open in Opera. Works for a friend of mine with same model.

  • anwar hossain

    hi Eric did u solved the problem . i m also newly using blackberry 8310 cell. and facing same problem. pls help me to recover this.

  • gary

    i have a little square clock that runs all the time on my blackberry storm 2 it runs my battery down in about 3 hours i know it is a browser or i think it is and all app are turned off what is this and how do i stop it please help if you could give me a phone number i would call you i need help

  • Rambo

    BULLSHIT article – wrong caption mother fucker!

  • Chidi Esonwune

    How do I change the default hotspot, BB 9700 has only hotspot browser on the default browser.

  • tokobaguslover

    RIM should give more respect and appreciation for indonesia as biggest RIM’s market.