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sdgardne
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How To Backup Your BlackBerry

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The following process is recommended for all "Personal" BlackBerry device users so as to best protect the priceless data you have contained on your BlackBerry device.

 


 

Exceptions for BES/BES-X (etc.) Users: For Corporate/BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Solution), BES-X (BES Express), or other non "Personal" users, please work with your BES/Server admins concerning the exceptions to this process that apply to you. For example, BlackBerry Protect does not work for BES users, and your BES (by default) does back up much of your BlackBerry device to the BES server for you, which may reduce the steps you need to take below.

 


Daily

 

If you have an adequate data plan from your mobile service provider, configure BlackBerry Protect to automatically backup all that it can (to "the cloud"), preferring WiFi if carrier data network consumption is an issue for you (e.g., limited data plans):

  • KB25062 How to use BlackBerry Protect to back up data on a BlackBerry smartphone
  • Inside BlackBerry Help Blog article about BlackBerry Protect
  • KB25065 Unable to use BlackBerry Protect when the BlackBerry smartphone is active on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server

Weekly

 

  1. If you are not on BBM7, conduct an on-device Backup of your BBM Contacts to either Device or Media Card Memory:
    • KB20554 How to back up and restore the BlackBerry Messenger contact list
  2. Via Mass Storage Mode (which allows you to treat your BlackBerry device as a USB storage device on your computer), copy the entire contents of your Device and Media Card Memory areas to your computer:
    • KB11879 What is mass storage mode
    • KB13564 How to enable or disable mass storage mode on the BlackBerry smartphone.
    • KB29523 How to manually transfer files between a BlackBerry smartphone and a Windows computer
    • KB11850 How to manually transfer files between a BlackBerry smartphone and a Macintosh computer
    • Note that if you have Content Protection/Encryption active, the files you copy to your computer may only be usable on the original BlackBerry device on which the encryption was enabled...neither your computer nor a different BlackBerry device may be able to use these files.
  3. Using the Desktop Software, conduct a full backup of your BlackBerry device to your computer:
    • The Desktop Software is available via this link
    • KB12487 How to back up BlackBerry smartphone data using BlackBerry Desktop Software for Windows
    • KB18776 Back up and restore BlackBerry smartphone data on a Mac computer using BlackBerry Desktop Software
    • KB03974 BlackBerry smartphone database list
    • Be sure to take careful note of the folder, on your computer, into which the backup file is stored
    • Note that the backup file (either .BBB or .IPD, depending on the version of the Desktop Software you use) is of a proprietary format, intended solely to be used as the source of restore to a BlackBerry device...there are, however, 3rd party apps that can parse and present the file to you, on your computer, in "human readable" format.
  4. Make sure 100% that you know your BlackBerry ID / AppWorld credentials, including any case sensitivity, special characters, etc. If your BlackBerry ID is associated to an email account that you can only access via your BlackBerry device, this would be a good time to change that...if needed, these password reset emails ARE NOT delivered to the BlackBerry device under any circumstances:
    • KB32514 How to change or update a BlackBerry ID username on a BlackBerry smartphone
  5. Make/update a manual inventory of all apps you have obtained from other than AppWorld, including source code (e.g., URLs, ALX files, etc.) and any license or activation keys required. AppWorld retains the ability to reinstall all of your AppWorld acquired apps, but there is no way to know if your other app sources do the same.

Notes

 

This process is intended (for non-BES users) to be used in its entirety; using only subsets of the process will increase your risk factors. For example, BlackBerry Protect only backs up a subset of the databases from a BlackBerry device. Hence, also conducting the weekly full backup provides you with the best protection for all of your data.

 

If you also are using a desktop organizer app (e.g., Outlook), then you further can configure an additional layer of data protection by synchronizing between your BlackBerry device and your desktop organizer.

  • KB12268 Synchronization support for BlackBerry Desktop Software for Windows
  • KB03315 How to setup organizer data synchronization using BlackBerry Desktop Software
  • KB19148 How to synchronize organizer data in Microsoft Office for Mac between the BlackBerry smartphone and a Mac computer using BlackBerry Desktop Software

There is an old saying:

  • There are two kinds of computing device users -- those who have lost data, and those who will

Like insurance, backups are neither a reactive nor an optional activity. Hopefully this process will help protect your data from a surprise catastrophic failure of your device. Remember, the device itself is a commodity...the data on it, now that is indeed priceless, and well worthy of adequate protection!

 

Cheers!


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lisamichelle
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Re: How To Backup Your BlackBerry

This was very helpful, as my phone home screen went blank yesterday...

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Re: How To Backup Your BlackBerry

my blackberry torch 9810 was stolen yesterday,would i be able to backup

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sdgardne
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Re: How To Backup Your BlackBerry


Prudence-Botsalo wrote:

my blackberry torch 9810 was stolen yesterday,would i be able to backup


Hi and Welcome to the Community!

 

Nope...every one of those steps requires physical access to the BB device...backups are a preventive activity, not a reactive one. For your situation, this post might be more helpful:

Good luck!

 


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Radj
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Re: How To Backup Your BlackBerry

and for BBM 7 users?

How must we restore our contacts? From BBM Protect ? And also from media card?

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Re: How To Backup Your BlackBerry


Radj wrote:

and for BBM 7 users?

How must we restore our contacts? From BBM Protect ? And also from media card?


Hello,

 

BBM7 instituted a different method for Contact backup...to the "cloud", associated to the BB ID. So, restoration is a matter of, on any BB, logging into the exact same BB ID that already exists, and that will (in essence) restore those BBM contacts to that BB. See the opening paragraph in this KB:

  • KB20554 How to back up and restore the BlackBerry Messenger contact list

Good luck!


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Re: How To Backup Your BlackBerry

Wow... thanks for info !!
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Re: How To Backup Your BlackBerry

How do I restore documents to go on my phone without having to pay for it again? I have been battling for months now. I am using a bb curve 8520 and by accident deleted it. I can't restore at all. Think I have permanently removed it. Please help!
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sdgardne
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Re: How To Backup Your BlackBerry


bonny_rsa wrote:
How do I restore documents to go on my phone without having to pay for it again? I have been battling for months now. I am using a bb curve 8520 and by accident deleted it. I can't restore at all. Think I have permanently removed it. Please help!

Hi and Welcome to the Community!

If you purchased the Premium version via AppWorld, then to re-install it, please see this KB:

  • KB17625 How to install or transfer previously purchased applications from BlackBerry App World to a BlackBerry smartphone

If you obtained it somewhere else, then you have to seek support from that "somewhere else".

 

If it's only the Standard Edition -OR- was the Premium version AND you are on OS7+, that was normally embedded with the OS itself, and would be reinstalled via this procedure:

  • KB14473 How to install an application on a BlackBerry smartphone using the BlackBerry Desktop Software

Good luck!


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If anyone has been helpful to you, please show your appreciation by clicking the button inside of their post. Please click here and read, along with the threads to which it links, for helpful information to guide you as you proceed. I always recommend that you treat your BlackBerry like any other computing device, including using a regular backup schedule...click here for an article with instructions.
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sdgardne
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Re: How To Backup Your BlackBerry


Davidaddicted24 wrote:

try BB apperror523.com


Hello,

 

And, what exactly does that have to do with the topic of this thread?

 

Thanks!


Occam's Razor nearly always applies when troubleshooting technology issues!
If anyone has been helpful to you, please show your appreciation by clicking the button inside of their post. Please click here and read, along with the threads to which it links, for helpful information to guide you as you proceed. I always recommend that you treat your BlackBerry like any other computing device, including using a regular backup schedule...click here for an article with instructions.
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