So, you want to save some space on your BlackBerry device, ehh?
Well, guess what?
You’re at the right place my friends!
I’m going to show you how to shrink your BlackBerry OS6 device (with plenty of screen-shots provided below);
You can shrink any of the OS6 devices listed below:
- Bold 96xx/97xx
- Torch 9800
- Curve 83xx/85xx/93xx
Download whichever OS you require for your @BlackBerry device to your Windows 7 or 8 PC and install the OS
For my WordPress blog, I personally chose [Official] OS184.108.40.2069 for the BlackBerry Bold 9780 via T-Mobile Austria
The downloaded file should look like this;
This file tells me I have downloaded Official OS220.127.116.119 for BlackBerry Bold 9780
Software Name: BlackBerry Handheld Software 6.0 rel 3159
File Name: 9780M_PBr6.0.0_rel3159_PL18.104.22.168_A22.214.171.1249
Download Size: 170 MB
Published Date: January 04, 2013
Once you’ve downloaded the Device Software OS6 for (in this case) Bold 9780, you will see the InstallShield Wizard prompt you to choose which language you prefer (English) as shown below.
The next Welcome window will prompt you to click Next to start installing the Device Software OS6 for your BlackBerry device.
This window will prompt you to select the country or region in which you are currently located, as shown below, click Next.
This window is the License Agreement for the Device Software OS6, “I accept the terms in the license agreement“, click Next.
As you can see below, the Device Software has now completed installing the OS6 software, click Finish (don’t check off, Yes)
Start up BBH Tool (latest version is 126.96.36.199a)
Make sure to delete the vendor.xml file(s); there’s 3 ways.
Download Delete Vendor XML file, which is available, posted by @rapidjohn courtesy via @RapidBerry
A cmd file to extensively delete the vendor.xml file(s) when you want to upgrade or downgrade your OS.
No third party tools needed.
Simply run as Administrator and you’re done.
Go to BBH Tool, under the Start tab, click on the Delete Vendor.xml
This way will remove either one or both vendor.xml file(s)
3. you can delete the vendor.xml file(s) manually, which I will show you below, on your Windows x32-x64bit PC
Note: for those running Windows 7 x32-bit (x86) SP1, go to My Computer, click on Primary [C: ] hard drive.
Computer > Local Disk [C: ] > Program Files > Common Files > Research In Motion > AppLoader > vendor.xml <[delete this]
Note: for those running Windows 7 x64-bit (x64) SP1, go to My Computer, click on Primary [C: ] hard drive.
Computer > Local Disk [C: ] > Program Files [x86] > Common Files > Research In Motion > AppLoader > vendor.xml <[delete this]
To find the other vendor.xml file [if applicable] go to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options
Click “Show hidden files and folders”
As you can see, under the Advanced settings:
Hidden files and folders
Click Show hidden files, folders, and drives
Return back to My Computer
Local Disk [C: ] > Users > xxxxxx > AppData > Roaming > Research In Motion > BlackBerry > Loader XML > vendor.xml [<delete this] (*don’t delete Device*)
As you can see from the first screenshot above, OS188.8.131.529 has already been installed on my Windows 7 x32-bit SP1 PC
Note: using BBH-Tool v184.108.40.206a (latest stable version)
Nothing has been checked off yet.
Users need to remember;
Make sure to check off ones you wish to include in the OS shrink.
You will see this warning repeated twice, maybe 3 times throughout my WordPress blog, unfortunately, I’ve seen many users mess up their BlackBerry device.
Do not check off everything.
It will cause OS instability, and a possible bricked BlackBerry device!!
When you are 100% comfortable and ready to shrink your OS6.0.0.xxx for BlackBerry Bold 9780 (for example), click Shrink My OS!
As you can see from the screen shot above, I have successfully shrank OS220.127.116.119 for the BlackBerry Bold 9780 from 165.88 MB to 61.89 MB for a total of -104 MB wiped .
That, ladies & gentlemen is seriously impressive!
A message will appear, showing “ Your OS has been shrunk. Launch Loader/Desktop Manager to update to your phone”.
Before: 165.88 MB
After: 61.89 MB
Total: -104 MB
BBHTool can be found at http://www.theiexplorers.com/bb/OSs/
The latest BBHTool version 18.104.22.168a can be download HERE
As a reminder, BlackBerry Desktop Manager [for PC] latest version is now 22.214.171.124 (Bundle 39) for more on that, check out my blog if you already have it installed, and just want to know how to update the version How to update BlackBerry Desktop Manager software for Windows PC
Please Note: After installing your custom OS to the BlackBerry device, please pull the battery out at least 3-4 times in one 24 hour day, so the OS has a chance to settle. It runs so much better when this procedure is done.
The purpose of using this 3rd party software, courtesy of @theiexplorers is to shrink any multilanguage or full-language [OS] operating system for your @BlackBerry device, which can give you much needed built-in memory space for current and/or future installs on your OS7 device.
BBH Tool is to be used carefully, as improper use may result in a possible bricked BlackBerry device (for example) installing an OS that is not for that intended device.
I am not responsible if anything were to happen while using this 3rd party software, I can only guide you the best I can so you can enjoy your device.
Click Launch Loader, install the custom device OS to the device, and follow the prompts.
For those who don’t have the know how to shrink their BlackBerry OS6 device, at the very least, Update BlackBerry OS6, which is much better vs. the original factory OS which was shipped when you picked it up from the retail store, or wherever you purchased it during that point in time.
I may update this blog to better reflect current information for all BlackBerry OS6 users who wish to shrink their device, (updates will be posted via Twitter/Facebook/Google+/LinkedIn) not in any necessary order either.
Please, if you have any suggestions, ideas, concerns, or comments regarding my blog, post them below in the comment box, & I will periodically check when I’m available (and awake) from other obligations.
Thank you very much!!
Big thank you to BlackBerry friends, family, followers, #TeamBlackBerry… your support is sincerely appreciated!
Updated: February 12, 2013 via @Wordpress at furiousguido.com
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