How to update BlackBerry PlayBook Software

HOW-TO / 07.19.12 / bswanncanada

Learn how easy it is to update your BlackBerry® PlayBook™ Tablet Software

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Have you ever been accused of making something harder than it actually is? If you are like me, then you’ve suffered from this for your whole life. I’m always pleasantly surprised when something I assumed was going to be time consuming really only required a few clicks (or taps), and then took care of itself.

Updating your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet OS will give you that pleasantly surprised feeling, and my favorite part is you don’t have to worry about an update until your device notifies you of its availability.

Here’s a quick overview of two ways you can update your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet software wirelessly.

Something to keep in mind is that your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet needs to have at least 20% of the battery charged before the update will begin; we suggest keeping the device connected to a charger during the process.

Wait! You will be Notified

When new software is available for your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, you will be automatically notified on the Home screen notification bar by a new icon with the red splat. Once you see this icon, tap it to review the size and version number of the update. You can choose to “Download Now” which will also install the update or select “Later” to defer the update to another time.

Manually Check for Updates

You can also easily check for updates yourself from the setting of your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

  1. Tap “Settings”, aka the gear icon in the top right corner of the Home Screen
  2. Select “Software Updates” followed by “Check for Updates”

You will now see one of two things:

  • “You currently have the latest software installed”


  • “Update available”

If there is an update available, you can choose “Download Now” which will install the new update when the download is completed. You also have the choice of “Later” which is self-explanatory. When you are ready, just tap the “Check for Updates” button again and complete the process.

Have a question about updating your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s software? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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