With the official release of Black Berry OS v4.5 on the horizon—various beta, or test, versions of the software are already bouncing around the Web—we thought this would be a great time for a Black Berry OS tutorial.What follows is our step-by-step guide on how to upgrade your Black Berry's OS, or install a different version, as well as how to prepare beforehand to make the process run as smoothly as possible.Any IT policies that are applied to your device are also deleted.

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While the operating system of all Black Berry phones remains similar to one-another, there are usually some pretty neat enhancements available which include social network-integration, better use of phone hardware and more.

For instance, upgrading from Black Berry 6 OS to Black Berry 7 OS, you're giving improved wireless connectivity by sharing it with other people in the area.

Using Blackberry Smartphone Using Blackberry Desktop Manager Troubleshooting Blackberry Updates Community Q&A Updating your Blackberry’s software will allow you to enjoy the latest features and enhancements released to Blackberry OS.

You can either update Blackberry software directly from your smartphone, or install the latest updates using Blackberry Desktop Manager.

Whether you own a new or old Black Berry device by Canadian Research in Motion, you may be able to perform an OS and firmware upgrade to your phone.

Black Berry Device Updater can be helpful in keeping you up-to-date.From there, simply click Install Update to update your software.Using this software and any updates or upgrades as provided by Research In Motion Limited or any of its affiliates ("RIM") is subject to the Black Berry Software License Agreement ("BBSLA"), unless otherwise stated. Before you begin, you should back up your data so that you have a copy of the data on your computer.In order to download software from this website, you must be using Firefox or Windows® Internet Explorer v5.5 or higher.To start a new operating system install, you'll need your Black Berry, an Internet-connected PC, a USB cable and about an hour and half of free time—50 minutes or an hour for the upgrade process and 30 minutes or catch-up time afterwards.