Using BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6.0 to back up your BlackBerry smartphone

HOW-TO / 11.24.10 / michaeldu1

Have you ever been in that situation where you wish you had a backup but don’t? As a member of BlackBerry® Technical Support’s Social Media Support Team, I see this happen all too often! The good thing is, backups are quick and easy to do with all versions of BlackBerry® Desktop Manager.

In BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6.0 for the PC, just click on the Back up now button (note: in previous versions of BlackBerry Desktop Manager you can click on “Backup and Restore”). On the next screen, make sure Full is selected then click on Back up. You also have the option to encrypt your back up file, that way, if someone gains access to it, they can’t restore it without the password.

If you find you have trouble remembering to back up, you can use the automatic back up feature! From the BlackBerry Desktop Manager main screen, click on Device, then Device Options. On the General tab, under When I connect my device, click the Back up my device checkbox and select how often. Next, click on the Back up tab to configure your back up settings, such as back up type and encryption.

By default, your backup file will be saved in your Documents folder (My Documents if using Microsoft Windows XP) with an .ipd extension. These back up files, however, can only be restored to a BlackBerry® smartphone and cannot be opened or viewed on your computer.

Another great thing about the back up feature: you can restore any back up file to any BlackBerry smartphone! This is one trick I use when I get a new device – I back up the old one and then I restore it to the new one. It’s like magic!

Your BlackBerry smartphone backup will save data such as your Messages, Contacts, Calendar, Profile Settings and more; however, applications do not get backed up, so make sure you have the install files handy, or that you have successfully set up your BlackBerry ID with BlackBerry App World™ 2.0.

Remember that you should make it a habit to back up your data consistently, and you should always back up your data before you install any upgrade on your BlackBerry smartphone. When it comes to your valuable data, it never hurts to be prepared!

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask here in the comments, or swing by the BlackBerry Support Forums for more info!

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