Anyone who has ever experienced the pain of losing all the data on a PC or handheld intimately knows the value of backing up personal information, whether it’s an iTunes music collection, digital photo album or address book. This can be easier said than done, but BlackBerry users are in luck: The handheld data backup and restore process for Research In Motion (RIM) smartphones couldn’t be simpler when you use the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software, which ships with every new RIM device.
To get started, all you’ll need is your BlackBerry device, the latest version of RIM’s BlackBerry Desktop Manager, a Microsoft Windows PC–the desktop software’s not currently available to Mac users–and a USB cable to link your mobile phone and computer.
1) Download the Latest Version of RIM’s BlackBerry Desktop Manager
First, you’ll want to download the latest version of RIM’s BlackBerry Desktop Manager software, which at the time of this article’s time of publication is v4.5. To determine which version of Desktop Manager you’re currently running, launch the program via Windows Start Menu by clicking All Programs, BlackBerry and Desktop Manager. When the program’s open, hit the Help tab on the main screen and then choose About BlackBerry Desktop Manager. The software version will be on this link.