How to back up application databases from a BlackBerry smartphone to a computer

Article ID: KB11297

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 12-14-2011


Product(s) Affected:

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

To back up application databases from a BlackBerry® smartphone to a computer, complete the following steps:

  1. Connect the BlackBerry smartphone to the computer and open BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
  2. Double-click Backup & Restore and then click Advanced.
  3. In the Device Databases window, select the application database you want to backup, for example Messages, and click the left arrow.
  4. Once the database appears in the Desktop File Databases window, select File > Save As.
  5. Select the location where the database is to be saved and click Save.


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