How to Backup a BlackBerry Device Using Desktop Manager

Now that I am an avid twitter user I try to see what people are talking about in regards to BlackBerry devices. What I am seeing is a lot of people losing their information on their BlackBerry devices whether it be from replacing a crashed BlackBerry, or having to wipe the BlackBerry. So I figured I would create a blog entry on how to backup a BlackBerry device using the Desktop Manager software.

The first step to the process is to obtain the Desktop Manager software and install it on the computer. Right now the software is available for Windows computers, and can be downloaded from here:

http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/desktop/

When you get to the site click the Download button, which will take you to a secondary page where you can select the product you want to download from a drop down list. Select BlackBerry Desktop Software v4.7 in the drop-down list, as shown in the figure below:

software_download_page

After selecting the entry click the Bext button. Under the drop-down list you will be presented with several download options. For our purposes we will download the option that says Desktop Manager 4.7.0 B59 Multilanguage – Without Media Manager (4.7.0 is the latest version of Desktop Manager at this time). After clicking the download link you will be taken to a form where you will need to fill in some information and submit it, and then you will be able to download and install the program. The other option for installing Desktop Manager is to use the installation CD that was supplied with your BlackBerry device.

Once you have the program installed and opened, follow the steps below to create a backup of your BlackBerry:

  1. Connect your BlackBerry to your computer with a USB cable.
  2. In Desktop Manager click the Backup and Restore option.
  3. A secondary screen will display, where you will be presented with three main options: Backup, Restore and Advanced. Click the Backup button in the Backup section.
  4. You will be presented with a dialog box asking you where you want to save your backup file (.ipd extension). Select a location that you will remember.
  5. I recommend leaving the file name how it is. Desktop Manager puts the date of the backup in the file name, which is cool.
  6. Once you have your location, click the Save button.

Desktop Manager will go through and make a backup of your BlackBerry device, which can be used to restore information back to your BlackBerry at a later date. I recommend doing this procedure once per week.

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