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BlackBerry OS 6.0 now ready for download

RIM has finally announced that their spanking new BlackBerry OS 6.0 is ready for download to upgrade all your existing BlackBerry Bold 9700 and BlackBerry Curve 3G.

That is, if you have not already done so.

BlackBerry 6, the latest BlackBerry smartphone operating system from Research In Motion (RIM), is now available to existing owners and new customers of BlackBerry Curve 3G and BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphones for free.

The new BlackBerry 6 operating system includes an intuitive user interface, enhanced web browsing experience, universal search, social feeds and an engaging multimedia experience.

To upgrade, existing owners of the BlackBerry Curve 3G and BlackBerry Bold 9700 can connect their smartphone to their computer and go to ap.blackberry.com/blackberry6 to download the update.

Download BB OS 6.0 here

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

64 Responses

  1. Avatar for tekguy tekguy says:

    my bb bold 9700 camera is not working it says could not start camera close all application …. i tried removing the batt closing all the apps removing all apps.. dowgrading and upgrading the OS but its not working… does anyone knows how to fix this problem?

  2. Avatar for n2speed n2speed says:

    Finally! Updated my 9300 to OS 6 :D Followed some of the steps mentioned before but may additional step for ones that don’t have any active BB service :D

    • Avatar for jp jp says:

      ano ung step na additional for non bb service subscribers?

    • Avatar for aeroegz aeroegz says:

      “You can do an update without an active subscription by doing a “stealth” os reload…”

      You can do an update without an active subscription by doing a “stealth” OS reload. Delete the Vendor.xml file located at c:program filescommon filesresearch in motionapploader Run Loader.exe from that directory. Pull the battery from your device, and put it back in. Plug in the BB and IMMEDIATELY click the “next” button – here`s where you want to make sure the port shows USB: UNKNOWN. If it shows the PIN, you were too slow. Try again. Basically, you`re loading an OS from the bottom up. There is no “backup/restore” available for this. You`ll lose everything on the device. But it will work.

  3. Avatar for JP JP says:

    here are my steps — https://www.facebook.com/note.php?saved&&note_id=1543257039823

    • Avatar for JP JP says:

      go to http://us.blackberry.com/apps-software/desktop/

      download FOR PC and install…

      do not open the app yet.wag atat!

      then go to http://us.blackberry.com/support/downloads/download_sites.jsp

      look for globe telecom.. download and install..

      when promted to open up desktop software. do not open!

      close all your application…para wag magulo!

      go to program files >> common file >> research in motion >> Apploader >> DELETE vendor.xml
      open DESKTOP SOFTWARE app. connect your device…

      it should prompt you that a new software is found and ready to instal but do not install it yet!

      back up your device!

      close app after back up.but do not remove the device

      go to program files >> common file >> research in motion >> Apploader >> open LOADER
      then click next next next next– finish

      ****note: you should HAVE an ACTIVE subscription to BB SERVICES in order for the update to be installed.

    • Avatar for Patricia Patricia says:

      What do you mean by ACTIVE BB SERVICES? Is that BB SOCIAL?

  4. Avatar for n2speed n2speed says:

    I tried it using gelopot’s instructions above but when I launched the loader.exe it won’t detect the os 6 file I downloaded! :(

    The os 6 files are located under the share folder of RIM’s folder in the program files.

    Am I missing something here?

    Need help!

  5. Avatar for download download says:

    Due to a violation of our terms of use, the file has been removed from the server.

  6. Avatar for didi didi says:

    you could also make use of this tutorial:


  7. Avatar for David David says:

    plz peepz i need the link to download os.6

  8. Avatar for OMG OMG says:

    I download and install BB Desktop manager version 6.. then i plug my BB Curve 3g.. upgrade my os to os6 and it says.. i must have data plan etc..unplug my device and guess what!! i cant view my friends text messages. oh my.. how far will it goes…

  9. Avatar for richard richard says:

    I only installed the BB Desktop Software V6. Plug my 9300 then I followed the instructions and it works… now phone is running on OS 6.

  10. Avatar for sherwood sherwood says:

    para sa mga may active plan lang naman ang OS6.. Waste of time..

    • Avatar for ian ian says:

      can anyone confirm sherwood…I’ve been trying to upgrade my 9300 to OS 6 and really no update can be seen…already downloaded the apploader 3-4 times and still no success…so if the update is really for those with active BB plans only then I should stop trying cause I don’t have one

  11. Avatar for jrNeedsHelp jrNeedsHelp says:

    “This BlackBerry® Device Software upgrade includes new features and significant enhancements to the BlackBerry® solution and, as such, is only available to users with an active BlackBerry subscription. To learn more about BlackBerry® service, please visit www.blackberry.com/service.” – help, how do i go about this error?

  12. Avatar for jrNeedsHelp jrNeedsHelp says:

    im using a curve 3g po, ang prob ko naman is when i start to update na ang sabi po kailangan daw ng bbdata account or something like that.. H E L P

  13. Avatar for mystar9898 mystar9898 says:

    When will this be available for Macs? I guess I can install it on my PC but I prefer keeping my backup in my Mac.

  14. Avatar for luiboowee luiboowee says:

    After upgrading you did not find Social Feeds app? Follow this:

    1. Run apploader.exe (found in the same folder of vendor.xml)
    2. Follow instructions and find Social Feeds Application (or its closest word/s), you may also tick YouTube Application and other applications you want to include and/or exclude.
    3. Click next, and it will prompt you to back up and upgrade.

    ** the Desktop Software upgrade do not include the Social Feeds app, so you have to ‘manually’ install it after upgrading. Well, if you were lucky and Social Feeds app was already there after you upgrade, well… you are lucky. Hehe.

  15. Avatar for mq mq says:

    update: so i updated to os 6 i backuped my files, but then i tried to click update it said no available updates? i deleted the vendor.xml and all. using a 9700 bold. any help pls?

  16. Avatar for mq mq says:

    i dont think it works on 9700.. my 6 OS wont detect my phone for some reason.. eventhough its connected.. any help here? or does it really take long? its been 10 minutes or so the screen still says connect to bb device

  17. Avatar for paolo paolo says:

    i tried it. using a sun sim. i upgraded to os6 since it was recognized when i plugged my BB on my pc, it was updating then as it was about to finish, it had an error. now my BB is nuked. have to download the OS from the site. weird too, BB doesnt have sun cellular on the list for software downloads so ill get the OS from the smart download link. hassleeeee

  18. Avatar for Edwaed Edwaed says:

    geee just follow “luiboowee’s” instructions and “gelopots” (if you have encountered some errors and you will never get lost.. 0s 6 is working now on my Curve 3g. thanks for the guide sir! high five!!!!! :)

  19. Avatar for BB 9700 BB 9700 says:

    After I updated by BB 9700 to OS 6, some wallpapers are not displayed upon scrolling. :(:(

  20. Avatar for gelopots gelopots says:

    here’s what worked for me. i’m a BB Curve 3G user.

    1. use v6 of BB desktop software
    2. download the OS6 software
    3. connect your device via USB and check on the BB desktop software that an update is available.
    4. make sure to backup your files.
    5. close the BB desktop software. do not disconnect your device.
    6. delete “vendor.xml”
    7. run “app loader.exe” this should take around 30 mins.
    8. tada! it’s a whole new BB! now just restore all your data and you’re all set.

    • Avatar for Miro Enriquez Miro Enriquez says:

      After installing OS 6 to my laptop, i followed this instruction and it worked! but in my bb I just took 10mins. it was so fast.

  21. Avatar for Name: Name: says:

    mine says there was an error. “one or more modules could not be resolved” =(

  22. Avatar for Name: Pao Name: Pao says:

    Software For BlackBerry® Bold (TM) 9700 smartphone


    BlackBerry Handheld Software v6.0.0.1879 (All Languages)

    Package Version:
    Consisting of:


    Software Platform:

    File name: 9700jAllLang_PBr6.0.0_rel1879_PL6.6.0.124_A6.0.0.448_Globe_Telecom__Inc.exe

    File size: 179.24MB

    Note: The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.

  23. Avatar for geo77 geo77 says:

    Thanks very much Luibowee!

  24. Avatar for luiboowee luiboowee says:

    Upgrade will take more than 40 mins. Patience required. :)

  25. Avatar for luiboowee luiboowee says:

    Very important instructions before you upgrade:
    1. BlackBerry Desktop Software should be updated first. It used to be known as a desktop manager. It should be v.6 as well.
    2. After “installing” OS6, go to C:/ProgramFiles/CommonFiles/ResearchInMotion/AppLoader, then delete the vendor.xml file (I don’t know why, but it is consistent to other instructions found online) <– this made the trick, you need to delete it.
    3. Open your updated BlackBerry Desktop Software, it SHOULD now detect the new OS and ask you to upgrade then follow the instructions there.

    Mine is already working. Yehey!

    • Avatar for Pingmarfori Pingmarfori says:

      This worked for me! Thanks!

    • Avatar for JP JP says:

      i’ve installed the desktop manager and the OS for 9300, but the desktop manager cannot detect the new OS even though i’ve deleted the vendor.xlm..please HELP… :(

    • Avatar for JP JP says:

      This BlackBerry® Device Software upgrade includes new features and significant enhancements to the BlackBerry® solution and, as such, is only available to users with an active BlackBerry subscription. To learn more about BlackBerry® service, please visit www.blackberry.com/service. — this is an error message

  26. Avatar for luiboowee luiboowee says:

    I’m trying it now, discovered this:
    1. Google: BlackBerry Software Download for Globe Telecom (try Smart Communications for Smart users, I guess)
    2. The BlackBerry site should say: Software Download for Globe Telecom, Inc. and Welcome Globe Customers. (or Smart, maybe)
    3. Choose your handset from the drop down menu
    4. Place your credentials, click next.
    5. Confirm
    6. Download. The file is around 178 MB so if you have slow internet connection, it will take about 30 mins to download.

    I still have to install it or something to try. Im still downloading as of the moment. Soooo excited! hehe.

  27. Avatar for Chie Chie says:

    I had mine updated last January 2011. I saw Pia Magalona’s tweet that day that this version is already out and that she tried it herself and it worked for her BB. I also tried it by connecting my curve 3G to my pc and it did upgrade my phone.

    • Avatar for luiboowee luiboowee says:

      How? I tried it via the BlackBerry Software Update tool, but it says no update is available. I also tried Wireless Update through Options tool of my handset and still no update is available. I also tried using the new BlackBerry Desktop application (the one we use to back up, sync, or use it as modem), still no update is available.

  28. Avatar for HB HB says:

    No Update Available. You make me want it badly. tsk tsk

  29. Avatar for disappointed disappointed says:

    i tried to update my bb 9700 but its not yet available… please confirm before posting.. i wasted time trying to download… very disappointed

  30. Avatar for luiboowee luiboowee says:

    Don’t even bother. It is not yet available for the Philippines. Haaaay, just wasted of time. Sana ni-confirm muna before ni-post to.

    • Avatar for gelopots gelopots says:

      yugatech, please confirm.

      misleading blog post. tsk tsk.

    • Avatar for Bob Reyes Bob Reyes says:

      I checked the BlackBerry downloads site and the upgrade to OS6 for Bold 9700 is available for both Smart & Globe subscribers. Just go to http://na.blackberry.com/eng/support/ click on Downloads from the left side navigation and look for Access your service provider download site (http://na.blackberry.com/eng/support/downloads/download_sites.jsp)

    • Avatar for Name: Name: says:

      But for curve 3g?

  31. Avatar for Vic Vic says:

    Can’t download… :s

  32. Avatar for Jesse Panganiban Jesse Panganiban says:

    Yay! It’s finally official! I already have the leaked version in my 9700. Will try that one soon. Sana magwork. LOL

  33. Avatar for gelo gelo says:

    can’t download =(

  34. Avatar for EJ EJ says:

    Can’t update my 9700 :(

  35. Avatar for 21 21 says:

    What’s the price of BB9700 this year?
    BB phones are lacking of front facing camera, which makes skype useless.

    • Avatar for Jesse Panganiban Jesse Panganiban says:

      The bigger problem is that there’s no official skype release for the BB 9700. The only supported BB models are the only ones carried by Verizon. :(

    • Avatar for sherwood sherwood says:

      Yeah, So sad na wala pang Skype for BlackBerry users unlike sa Apple..

  36. Avatar for jediekins jediekins says:

    hindi ba kasama ang bb curve 8520?:(

  37. Avatar for Harley Son Harley Son says:

    glad to hear it is official…

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