BlackBerry Help: How to Install Apps on your BlackBerry

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Every day a new BlackBerry user is born and they may be coming from the feature phone world and have never before downloaded an app. If you’re a regular reader of BlackBerry Cool, you’re very familiar with the app downloading process, so feel free to skip the post or offer more helpful tips.

There are several ways to install software on your BlackBerry.

Option 1: Find a good site for software. Two good sources for apps are:

Then click on a link and download wirelessly or “Over the Air” also called “OTA”. You can also have the link emailed to you after entering your address into a web form on the software vendor’s or web store’s site. Another way is to type a web address directly into your BlackBerry web browser.

TIP: You may need to use the “Go To…” menu command in your Browser to type a web address.

Some sites ask you to enter your “Mobile Phone Number” – this is your BlackBerry phone number – in order to send you an SMS Text Message with the download link.

Option 2: Download a file to your computer then connect your BlackBerry to your computer and install it via USB cable connection or sometimes Bluetooth connection.

Option 3: (Only if your BlackBerry is connected to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server.) Your BlackBerry Server Administrator can “push” new software directly to your BlackBerry device. Using this option is both wireless and automatic from the user’s perspective.

Wirelessly Installing Software Directly from Your BlackBerry Over-the-Air (“OTA”)

The beauty of the wireless “Over-the-Air” (OTA) software installation is that you do not need a computer or CD, or even a USB cable to install new software.

To Install Software Wirelessly Over-the-Air (“OTA”):

To install software from your BlackBerry, as described above, you need to either click a link you received in your email or SMS text message or start the Web Browser and “Go To…” a web address where the software download files are located. In this example, we will use www.mobile.blackberry.com.

Navigate around the web site and click on a link for the software title you want to install.

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Usually, a license agreement screen pops up. You must click “Accept” to continue with the download. The next screen to appear is the standard “Download” screen. This screen shows the name, version, the “Vendor” (software company), and size of the program. Below all this information you see a “Download” button to click on.

The progress of the download will be displayed in the center of the screen. NOTE: You may see a warning message that says something like: “WARNING: Application is not digitally signed. Do you want to continue? Yes or No”

You must click “Yes” to continue, but make sure this is software from a vendor that you recognize or have confidence that it is not malicious. Once the application is completely downloaded, a dialogue box pops up notifying you the download was successful. You may be given an option to “Run” the program.

Finally, if you clicked on “Run” you would start the newly installed software; clicking “OK” brings you back to the original web page where you downloaded the file. To exit to your Home Screen, press the ESCAPE key a few times. You will then see the new icon either on your Home Screen of icons, in the Applications sub-folder, or after you press the MENU key to see all your icons. Downloading and Installing Games and other Icons on your BlackBerry.

The BlackBerry can truly be a Multimedia Entertainment device. Sometimes, you might want to play a new game on your BlackBerry. While your BlackBerry may have come with a few games, there are many places on the Web where you can find others.

For more basic tips on how to use your BlackBerry, be sure to check out Made Simple Learning as they have a wide range of books and tips for beginners.

  • Ahmed Eltawil

    Easy as pie :D

  • Ahmed Eltawil

    Easy as pie :D

  • Ahmed Eltawil

    Easy as pie :D

  • http://www.blackberrydownload.net/ Sonya

    It’s very easy to download OTA links directly on your phone even without typing anything. The trick is to use FireFox with barcode generating plugin like “Mobile Barcode” ( https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2780 ) which lets you create a barcode from any link on any website, then just scan the created barcode with your BlackBerry camera, while running a simple barcode reader application like “NeoReader” ( http://www.blackberrydownload.net/download-neoreader.html ). The hole precedure takes alot less time than typing the whole url or browsing using the blackberry browser !

  • http://www.blackberrydownload.net Sonya

    It’s very easy to download OTA links directly on your phone even without typing anything. The trick is to use FireFox with barcode generating plugin like “Mobile Barcode” ( https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2780 ) which lets you create a barcode from any link on any website, then just scan the created barcode with your BlackBerry camera, while running a simple barcode reader application like “NeoReader” ( http://www.blackberrydownload.net/download-neoreader.html ). The hole precedure takes alot less time than typing the whole url or browsing using the blackberry browser !

  • Richard

    Good article but how about a follow up article on memory management when you quickly find out that you can’t install any more applications.

    What about an article on what the firewall settings really mean? On a related note, how about some on advice on good hygine wrt what is safe to install given anyone can setup an ota download.

    Color me paranoid but I for one don’t have a reasonable appreciation of how dangerous or safe it is to start installing random applications on my phone.

  • Richard

    Good article but how about a follow up article on memory management when you quickly find out that you can’t install any more applications.

    What about an article on what the firewall settings really mean? On a related note, how about some on advice on good hygine wrt what is safe to install given anyone can setup an ota download.

    Color me paranoid but I for one don’t have a reasonable appreciation of how dangerous or safe it is to start installing random applications on my phone.

  • Richard

    Good article but how about a follow up article on memory management when you quickly find out that you can’t install any more applications.

    What about an article on what the firewall settings really mean? On a related note, how about some on advice on good hygine wrt what is safe to install given anyone can setup an ota download.

    Color me paranoid but I for one don’t have a reasonable appreciation of how dangerous or safe it is to start installing random applications on my phone.

  • Michael Bolton

    I remember talking with RIM managers and execs at WES 2008 and hearing about how they wanted to “leapfrog” the iPhone. The fact that an article like this exists shows (partly) how far they’ve failed to deliver on that strategy.

  • Michael Bolton

    I remember talking with RIM managers and execs at WES 2008 and hearing about how they wanted to “leapfrog” the iPhone. The fact that an article like this exists shows (partly) how far they’ve failed to deliver on that strategy.

  • Michael Bolton

    I remember talking with RIM managers and execs at WES 2008 and hearing about how they wanted to “leapfrog” the iPhone. The fact that an article like this exists shows (partly) how far they’ve failed to deliver on that strategy.