How to Update the OS on a BlackBerry Pearl 8100 While Leaving the SIM Card In

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    • 1). Download the latest version of the BlackBerry Desktop software (See Resources).

    • 2). Open the program and connect your phone to the computer using the USB cable.

    • 3). Click the "Update My Device" button that appears on the software home screen.

    • 4). Click "Get Update" in the pop-up that appears.

    • 5). Choose if you want to "Back up your device data" and if you want to "Encrypt backup file" to secure it from other users. This creates a file on your computer that saves your phone's contacts, messages, emails and third-party applications. The update will erase all data on the phone.

    • 6). Click "Install Update" to start the update. Keep the phone connected to your computer during the process. It may take up to an hour and you will receive a message on the computer when the installation is complete.

    • 7). Restore any backed up date by opening "Device" and "Restore" at the top. Choose if you want to restore all of the backed up data or if you want to select what you want to restore from the backup file. Type the password for the file if you chose to encrypt it and then click "Restore" to add the data back to your phone.

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