Transferring Data to and From Your BlackBerry

Different Ways to Move Data To and From Your BlackBerry

BlackBerry Passport | Image Credit: Ars Technica.

RIM has made their BlackBerry devices more consumer friendly by increasing storage and adding a microSD card to expand the total device memory. With a big enough memory card, you can use your BlackBerry as a replacement for your iPod, flash drive, or portable hard drive. Moving data to and from your BlackBerry has never been more important, and there are several ways to do it.

Using your Memory Card to Move and Store Data

The easiest way to move data to and from your device is by using the microSD card.

If you have a memory card reader, you just remove your microSD card from your BlackBerry and use your memory card reader to connect it to your PC. Both Windows and OS X treat the memory card like any other removable drive.Once the operating system recognizes and mounts your microSD card, you can drag and drop files to and from the memory card just like you would any other removable drive.

If you don't have a memory card reader, you can enable Mass Storage Mode on your BlackBerry. Once you connect the phone to your computer via USB, your operating system will treat your BlackBerry like the memory card reader. If you choose Memory from the Options menu, you can change your Mass Storage Mode settings.

Be sure to unmount the card before disconnecting the BlackBerry or the memory card reader from your system, or your data may become corrupt. On Windows, choose Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media from your system tray, and choose your microSD card from the list of removable devices.

On OS X, drag the icon representing your SD card from the desktop into the trash, and the memory card will be unmounted.

Transferring Data via the Internet

If you have a BlackBerry, chances are you have a data plan from your wireless carrier. You can receive files as e-mail attachments and use them on your BlackBerry, or you can attach files from your BlackBerry's memory or microSD card to e-mail messages.

You can also download files from the Web using your browser and save them to your device.

Transferring Data via Bluetooth

Most Blackberries now ship with built-in Bluetooth networking. If you have a PC with Bluetooth, it is easy to transfer files between it and your BlackBerry. Just do the following:

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on your BlackBerry, and make your device Discoverable.
  2. Make sure that the Serial Port Profile is set up for Desktop Connectivity and Data Transfer.
  3. Follow your PC's instructions for pairing Bluetooth devices, and pair your BlackBerry with your PC. Once you have paired the devices, you will be able to transfer files back and forth between your BlackBerry and your PC.