If you own a BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet, you can easily ensure the information stored on it is recoverable by using the backup capabilities built into BlackBerry® Desktop Software for PC 6.1. Doing so will allow you to restore information such as your media, settings and application data, which can get you up and running again if you encounter any unforeseen issues.
The first thing you need to do is install BlackBerry Desktop Software for PC 6.1, which can be downloaded from the BlackBerry Desktop Software for PC website. While you are installing it, make sure you check out the website for information on other features such as media synchronization.
Once you have installed BlackBerry Desktop Software for PC 6.1, creating a backup file is really easy using the following steps:
Creating a backup file
1. Open BlackBerry Desktop Software for PC 6.1.
2. Connect the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to your desktop.
- If this is the first time you have connected the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, the Add a new BlackBerry device wizard will appear on your desktop screen, which allows you to specify backup options as per the following screenshot. For those that have previously connected a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, to access these options, select Device Options as shown in the previous screenshot.
3. In BlackBerry Desktop Software, select Back up Now.
4. Select one of the following options:
- To back up all your tablet data, click Full.
- To select which types tablet data to back up, click Custom followed by checking the box next to the data you want to back up such as Application Data, Media or Settings.
5. After specifying which type of backup file will be created, do any of the following:
- To change the default name for the backup file, type a new name in the File name field (by default it will be the current day).
- To change the default backup file save location, select Browse and specify the folder where you would like to save backup files to (by default My Documents\BlackBerry\Backup).
- To encrypt your data, select the Encrypt backup file check box and enter a password.
- To save these settings so that you aren’t prompted to set these options again when you back up your tablet, select the Don’t ask for these settings again check box.
6. Click Back up to start the backup process.
7. After the backup process is complete, the following dialog will appear.
At this point you have two options for making backup files going forward:
- Option 1 – Perform a manual backup whenever you connect the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet by selecting Back Up Now from the main screen of BlackBerry Desktop Software for PC 6.1.
- Option 2 – Use the When I connect my device option, which allows a backup file to be created on a daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly frequency. If you combine this with the Don’t ask for these settings again option that appears when you are configuring your backup options (figure 3), the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet could get automatically backed up daily, for example (this is my preferred method – Ed.). To access this option, select Device Options followed by selecting the General tab. Make sure you check out the Backup tab as well for some other useful settings.
Restoring a backup file
Now that we have backup files, let’s take a peek at how to restore everything or just a few things from the backup files. A very important thing to remember whenever restoring information from a backup file is that all files that are stored on your tablet are deleted before the backup file is restored. If there is data on your tablet that is not in the backup file, this data will be lost. For example, if you do a selective restore of just your Media, any Media on the tablet will get removed and replaced by the Media content within the backup file.
With this being said, to restore a backup file to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, complete the following steps:
1. Open BlackBerry Desktop Software for PC 6.1.
2. Connect the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
3. Click Device followed by Restore.
4. A window will appear that will list backup files you’ve made previously. If the backup file you’d like to use isn’t displayed, click Browse and manually locate the backup file.
- NOTE: Since the backup file I created earlier was encrypted, in order to view the contents of the backup before restoring it, choose the option of Select device data and settings followed by selecting Click to view its contents. You can then enter the password used to encrypt the backup file and optionally restore all, or select device data and settings.
5. After determining if you’d like to restore All device data and settings or Select device data and settings select Restore.
6. As soon as the restore process is completed, disconnect the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to complete the restore process as per the following screenshot.
As you can see, creating a backup file – including setting up automatic backup options – is a really easy way to ensure your information is recoverable in the event you encounter an unexpected issue, such as losing your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
Got a question about BlackBerry Desktop Software for PC 6.1 or the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet? Leave a comment and let me know.