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You can use the BlackBerry Desktop Software to do the following tasks:


synchronize your organizer data (calendar entries, contacts, tasks, and memos) and media files (music, pictures, and videos)
back up and restore your device data
manage and update your device applications
transfer your device settings and data to a new BlackBerry device
use your device as a modem to connect to the Internet from your computer
manage multiple devices
charge your device


The steps to create the BlackBerry backup are:


1.Connect your BlackBerry device to your computer.
2.In the BlackBerry Desktop Software, click Device > Back up.
3.Do one of the following:
To back up all your device data, click [Full].
To back up all your device data except for email messages, click Quick.
To select which types of device data to back up, click Custom.

Select the check box next to the data you want to back up.

4.If your device includes built-in media storage and you want to back up data that is stored there, select the Files saved on my built-in media storage check box.
5.Do any of the following:
To change the default name for the backup file, in the File name field, type a new name.
To encrypt your data, select the Encrypt backup file check box. Type a password.
To save your settings so that you are not prompted to set these options again when you back up your device, select the Don't ask for these settings again check box.
Click Back up.


By default, BlackBerry backups are stored in My Documents\BlackBerry\Backup\ folder.


By default, backup files are saved to the Documents folder on the BlackBerry smartphone user's computer, unless the path or location is manually changed. To find the folder, click Start > My Documents, or navigate to the following locations:


For Windows® XP, the My Documents folder path is C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\

For Windows Vista/7/8 the Documents folder path is C:\Users\<username>\Documents\


By default, backup files are saved with the following file names unless the file name is manually changed:


Backup files created by manually performing a backup through Backup and Restore: Backup-(yyyy-mm-dd).ipd
Backup files created automatically when actions are performed using the application loader tool: LoaderBackup-(yyyy-mm-dd).ipd
Backup files created automatically if periodic automatic backups are enabled in the Backup and Restore tool options: AutoBackup-(yyyy-mm-dd).ipd


Note: YYYY-MM-DD represents the date the backup file was created in Year-Month-Date format.


Please note that EBBE does not work with BlackBerry 10 backups created with BlackBerry Link software.

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