Install or update device software on a BlackBerry smartphone without using BlackBerry Desktop Software

Article ID: KB16251

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 08-24-2012


Product(s) Affected:

  • BlackBerry Desktop Software for Windows
  • BlackBerry® Desktop Manager
  • BlackBerry® Device Software

To install or update device software on a BlackBerry® smartphone without using BlackBerry® Desktop Software, complete the following steps:

  1. Download and install the appropriate BlackBerry device software from your wireless service provider. (To choose the correct wireless service provider, navigate to the following link: BlackBerry Desktop and Device Software Download Sites.)
  2. When the installation is completed, start the Application Loader Wizard

          For computers using a 32-bit Windows® XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating system:
          Browse to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader and double click Loader.exe

          For computers using a 64-bit Windows® XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating system:
          Browse to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Research In Motion\Apploader and double click Loader.exe

    3.   Follow the online steps in Application Loader.

Note: The BlackBerry device software can also be updated wirelessly through a BlackBerry Enterprise Server device software configuration (KB20556) or via the wireless service provider through the device options menu, as long as the provider supports it.

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Application Loader will automatically back up and restore the BlackBerry smartphone without BlackBerry Desktop Manager.


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