BlackBerry How-To: Downgrade the OS on Your RIM Smartphone

CIO.com's Al Sacco offers up this step-by-step tutorial on how to "downgrade" or return to an older version of the OS software on a BlackBerry smartphone.

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Perhaps your wireless carrier released a new software update for your BlackBerry smartphone, but your favorite applications just won't work on the new build. Or maybe you were feeling daring and decided to install a leaked "beta" BlackBerry OS to check out some new features, but it drastically degraded your handheld's performance.

BlackBerry Desktop Software
BlackBerry Desktop Software "Downgrading" a BlackBerry OS

Whatever the reason, every BlackBerry owner--"power users" and newbies alike--should know not only how to upgrade their BlackBerry software, but how to downgrade it, as well.

A quick Google search yields a variety of quality tutorials on how to upgrade your BlackBerry OS. But for whatever reason, good step-by-step articles on how to downgrade are few and far between.

For this in-depth breakdown of the BlackBerry OS downgrade process, I am using a Windows 7 PC and the latest version of Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry Desktop Software, formerly known as BlackBerry Desktop Manager or BBDM, v6.0 bundle 47. And I'm downgrading the OS on my BlackBerry Torch 9800 running BlackBerry 6. (Grab the latest BlackBerry Desktop Software from RIM's website.)

If you're looking for additional BlackBerry Desktop Software tips and tricks, read "How to Fix a 'Bricked' BlackBerry," and "How To Load, Update or Remove Software via Desktop Manager." Or pop on over to my BlackBerry Bible page for a listing of all my BlackBerry-related tutorials.

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