BlackBerry is a mobile phone company that made phones as well as various services. The company began in 1999, making it 17 years old, so it ran for quite a while. It was one of the biggest phone companies but slowly lost popularity, especially recently. Because of this, the company has decided to stop making new phones so they can focus on the services and components it makes. The latest BlackBerry phones run Android software so they use the same app store that Android phones use, the Google Play Store, making the BlackBerry World store less needed.
On older phones there is even a lack of the app store though, and many users have needed to reinstall it or find another way to download apps onto their phones. This article explains two ways to get BlackBerry World back onto your phone. The two ways are through installing the app store onto your phone OR by downloading apps online and then syncing them onto your phone.
A Quick Summary of What the Blackberry App World Is:
App World is the app store that is specific for the BlackBerry phones, but it is not always downloading on the phone before you get it. Do not fear, though, because it is not impossible to download the app; it’s actually quite simple. Some of the phones, like the Curve, Torch, or Bold, do not always come with the app, but it is not hard to install it.
The store is like any other app store, but is BlackBerry specific. It was made to work with the BlackBerry device software. It used to be labelled “BlackBerry App World” but was later changed to just BlackBerry World; which is shorter and simpler.
App World, now known as BlackBerry World, was first released the summer of 2010. It is the app store available for BlackBerry phones before the BlackBerry Priv, which uses the Google Play Store. The new phones will run Android, so they will use that store, but the old ones still require the BlackBerry World store.
Your Phone Does Not Have the App Store?
As the phones evolve and the years go on, the apps and systems change with it. The BlackBerry World app store, if not installable on your mobile phone, has its own website online that allows you to download the apps and sync them onto your phone with your ID. This can be a longer process than having the app downloaded, but it still allows you to get the apps you want.
So, here is how to get the app store, or just apps, for yourself, on an older BlackBerry phone. It is written in easy to read steps with proper explanations. The two ways to get apps are to either install BlackBerry World through online websites or to sync apps onto your phone from the online store.
The Steps for Installing Blackberry World (TENTATIVE)
Check the software on your phone
Checking the software on your phone may sound hard, but it is not. Go to settings or options and find the “About” or “Device” section. Then click on “About Device Versions” to find out about your specific phone.
Look at the BlackBerry World website (https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore)
Go onto the BlackBerry World website to download the app, or find it through other means online. If it is hard to find, then try the next form of attaining the app.
Create a BlackBerry ID if you do not have one
Having a BlackBerry ID is very important and will allow you to use the app store, so ensure that you have one that is working.
See, it is very quiet simple and should not take too long. However, if it is confusing then the steps will be explained and written down here to make it more helpful though. I will try to write down the steps here in the best way possible.
It is TENTATIVE because I do not have a BlackBerry phone myself, but family members do, so I have not done this part myself. There are people have found the app on the webstore, and other sources have stated you can install the app on older phones. If this way does not work, then try the next one about installing only the apps from the store.
Checking the Software:
To download the app your phone requires a minimum of certain features, so it is important that you find this information out about your phone. It can be found by going through your options on your phone and finding the “About” or “Device” section. The software needed to download the app store is: BlackBerry® Device Software v5.0 to v7.1
If this software is not on your phone, if you have a version earlier than that, then skip to the next way of downloading apps. It is still possible to get the apps so do not give up easily; a backup plan is in place.
Newer BlackBerry phones have Android software so it is not possible to download the BlackBerry World app, but it is fixed by the phone being able to use the Google Play store. This article is for those with older phone models, but that information is good to know. The software has changed in BlackBerry phones and should be looked at when buying the phone. The older phones do not have the same software. Some very old models do not even the software needed to install the app store.
The Steps for Installing Apps from Blackberry World onto Your Phone:
Go to the BlackBerry World website
BlackBerry has a website designed just for their app store, which features the apps and allows users to download them. You can see the free or need to pay apps.
Create a BlackBerry ID and sign in
If you do not already have your BlackBerry ID, then you should get one. It is needed to use BlackBerry World online or on your phone, like any other app store. Having a BlackBerry ID is very helpful for many functions on the phone.
Find an app you like, then hit download
Simply find an app you want and click download while logged into your ID. Once it is downloaded, move onto the next step and plug your phone into your computer with a USB.
Sync your phone on your computer so that the app will appear
Syncing a phone is a way to update what is on your phone and what is on your computer. It is helpful for saving space, photos, and apps, or to transfer them onto a new device. This can help transfer the apps downloaded from the store online onto the phone.
The more recent way of downloading apps onto your older BlackBerry is by going onto the BlackBerry World website and then syncing your phone after buying apps. The store allows you to sign in with your BlackBerry ID, which allows the apps to be put on the phone through syncing. Ensure that you have a desktop or laptop that allows you to sync your phone through a USB.
After signing in and finding an app to download, it should be part of the sync when you plug your phone into your computer or laptop. As long as you do not disconnect before the sync is done, the app should be added to your phone.
Ensure that your ID is activated and that you can sync your phone to it before downloading too many apps, just to make sure it works. During the sync it should say 0/1 Complete, or out of however many apps you downloaded, and should not be interrupted until it is done.
This method has been called effective by many who have tried it, and it is reliable. If it does not work, then contacting BlackBerry should be your best bet. Hopefully it does not get to that point, though, since I wrote about both of the popular fixes online. BlackBerry should be able to answer any questions that were not answered here, so do not be afraid to contact them about their app store after trying yourself.
So, to recap, there are two ways that can allow an older BlackBerry phone to download apps from the BlackBerry World store, whether it is directly on the device or from the website online. It depends on the type of software the phone has as well as where they go to find the app, since it is not as easily available now that there is a convenient website.
Both ways have been deemed effective online by various users, but syncing the apps onto your phone from your computer seems to be better recently. BlackBerry World has its own app website, which can be found easily, that displays all of their apps as well as allows users to download them with their BlackBerry ID. If this method does not work, then please contact BlackBerry to ensure that you can still get apps on your phone.