BlackBerry App World and Switching BlackBerry smartphones

HOW-TO / 01.07.11 / tywill1

Have you recently purchased a new BlackBerry® smartphone or use a different BlackBerry smartphone on the weekends? If so, you might be wondering the same thing I did when I first switched BlackBerry smartphones: How do I get my BlackBerry App World™ applications transferred to my current BlackBerry smartphone?

To find out how to do this, I opened BlackBerry App World on my new BlackBerry smartphone and selected the Help option from the Main Menu. After browsing the Help file, I came across the following question in the Frequently Asked Questions: “What happens to my downloaded items when I switch to a new BlackBerry smartphone device?”

After review, I learned that all that’s needed to do to in order to transfer applications to a new BlackBerry smartphone is to launch BlackBerry App World, select My World and log in using your BlackBerry ID. After logging in, BlackBerry App World will ask you to confirm that you are switching BlackBerry smartphones, and it will then proceed to refresh your application(s). After your application listing has been refreshed, you can then reinstall any applications you require on your new device.

You might have noticed in the above screenshot a section called Unavailable. This specific listing contains applications that are not compatible with my current BlackBerry smartphone. For example, if I switch from a BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800 smartphone to a BlackBerry® Bold™ 9780 smartphone, an application that has only been developed for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone will appear on the BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone as Unavailable since it isn’t supported on that particular device model.

At this point, you can go ahead and start installing any applications you desire from the “Uninstalled” folder. Don’t forget to browse the BlackBerry App World catalog, as new applications may be available if you are using a different BlackBerry smartphone model. For more information on switching BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry App World, please review the Knowledge Base article How to install or transfer previously purchased applications from BlackBerry App World to a BlackBerry smartphone.

How often do you switch BlackBerry smartphones and why? Leave a comment and let me know.

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