Gordon Swaby

Blackberry Messenger 5.0, How to.

The interwebs has been going crazy the last couple of days with the apparent leak of the new Blackberry Messenger, more commonly called “BBM”. A lot of people have been successful with loading it onto their berries while many have had no such luck.

bbm5

The initial way of loading the leaked Blackberry Messenger 5 onto your blackberry was through the Desktop Manager (DM) but the Over the Air Method (OTA) followed soon after. I tried both DM and OTA , the latter being the successful way for me. A lot of people have asked me for help so i thought it prudent to just do a blog post, so the lowdown:

  • BBM 5 is leaked therefore it’s possible that it may screw up your blackberry, So Ensure you do a backup through Desktop Manager
  • If you have very little knowledge about your blackberry, it’s best you wait until the official release and not get caught up in the hype of having the leaked version
  • BBM 5 DOES work on blackberries not running  OS 5.0, it also runs on Berries running the 5.0 OS.
  • BBM 5 is compatible with MOST blackberries excluding the pearls and earlier versions, it’s compatible with the curve, bold, tour,storm etc.

So less talking and more links ( Courtesy of Blackberry News) – these are links to the OTA method, just visit them from your blackberry browser

BBM5 for OS 4.5 (83xx)

BBM5 for OS 4.6 (9000)

BBM5 for OS 4.6.1 (8900)

BBM5 for OS 4.7 (95xx)

BBM5 for OS 4.7.1 (9630)

BBM5 for OS 5.0

BBM5 for OS 5.1.0

The 4.7.1 OTA will work on 8900/9000 OS 5.0

Disclaimer: I will not be held responsible for any damage done to your blackberry, you do this at your own risk.

I’m willing to help anyone who asks through the installation and troubleshooting just drop me a comment on this post. And please remember to backup your Blackberry, there’s a strong possibility that you might just lose your BBM, and may need to do a fresh installation of your OS.

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 at 11:06 am. Filed under Interesting, Tech, Uncategorized.

  • http://mythoughtsonstuff.com/ Leon

    Leaked? Riiight… They just want some free beta testers.

  • http://stunner101.blogspot.com/ Stunner

    OK, this post was just not for me.

  • kayedd

    i just upgraded my 8900 to OS 5.0 but cant seem to get BBM working. how can i resolve this? thank you

  • Sami Davis

    I have a BB curve with a o.s. 4.5 I lost ALL my BBM contacts. How do I get them back? And yes I back up my device at least once a week.

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      Use Desktop Manager ( On Windows) look for back up and restore click restore. load your database backup and tick bbm contacts. Don't remember exact instructions.

      With BBM five you can avoid all this by bUse Desktop Manager ( On Windows) look for back up and restore click restore. load your database backup and tick bbm contacts. Don't remember exact instructions.

      With BBM five you can avoid all this by backing up locally or remotely ( RIM backs it up for you)acking up locally or remotely ( RIM backs it up for you)

  • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

    Use Desktop Manager ( On Windows) look for back up and restore click restore. load your database backup and tick bbm contacts. Don't remember exact instructions.

    With BBM five you can avoid all this by bUse Desktop Manager ( On Windows) look for back up and restore click restore. load your database backup and tick bbm contacts. Don't remember exact instructions.

    With BBM five you can avoid all this by backing up locally or remotely ( RIM backs it up for you)acking up locally or remotely ( RIM backs it up for you)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/carbohydrates-glucose-and-ways-to-become-more-healthy Myron Arbucci

    I’m having a difficult time viewing this content from my iPhone. Maybe you could fix the site and make it easier to see from these kinds of devices. Thatd be pretty nice!

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  • Waynetalmey

    yo what up you gays



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