1. infofurum's Avatar
    How To: Erase all the data and applications on the BlackBerry device


    Warning: The following procedures will delete either all data, or all data and applications on the device. Back up the data prior to wiping your device.

    You have the choice of erasing either all the data, or all the data and applications on your BlackBerry device.

    To erase all the data, choose one of the following methods:

    1. Select the Wipe Handheld option.
    2. Type an incorrect password ten times.
    3. Use Application Loader to erase all data.
    4. Use Backup and Restore to clear the device databases.

    To erase all the data and applications, type an incorrect password ten times in Application Loader.

    Select the Wipe Handheld Option

    To erase all the data on your BlackBerry device, complete the following steps. This option is available with BlackBerry Device Software 3.8 and later.

    1. In the device Options, click Security. If you are using BlackBerry Device Software 4.1, click Security Options > General Security.
    2. Click the trackwheel and select Wipe Handheld.
    3. Click Continue.
    4. Type blackberry. All the data on the BlackBerry device is erased.

    Type an Incorrect Password

    To erase all the data on your BlackBerry device, type an incorrect password ten times. You may be prompted to type blackberry a few times during the process. Once completed, all data on the device is erased.
    If you do not have a password on your device, you can create one.

    1. In the device Options, click Security. If you are using BlackBerry Device Software 4.1, click Security Options > General Security.
    2. Beside Password, change the option to Enabled.
    3. Type the password that you want, and confirm the password.
    4. Reset the device. Once it has restarted, you will be prompted for a password.

    Use Application Loader to Erase All Data

    To erase all data on your BlackBerry device, complete the following steps:

    1. Connect your device to the computer running BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
    2. In Desktop Manager, double-click the Application Loader icon.
    3. In the Application Loader Wizard window, click Next.
    4. On the Device Security Password screen, type your BlackBerry device security password, then click Next.
    5. On the Device Application Selection screen, click Next.
    6. On the Completing the Application Loader Wizard screen, click Advanced. The Device Data Preservation screen is displayed.
    7. To erase all application data on the BlackBerry device, select the Erase all application data check box, then click Next.
    8. Select the option beside Do not automatically back up and restore the device application data during the loading process, then click Next.
    9. Click Finish. The BlackBerry device resets. This might take several minutes.

    Use Backup and Restore to Clear the Databases

    To clear the databases on your BlackBerry device, do the following:

    1. Connect your device to the computer running Desktop Manager.
    2. In Desktop Manager, double-click the Backup and Restore icon, then click Advanced.
    3. Press and hold the Shift key while selecting all the databases in the Handheld Databases list box.
    4. Click Clear.
    5. Click OK on the Warning window. All databases on the BlackBerry device are erased.
    6. Click Close until the Desktop Manager is displayed.

    Type an Incorrect Password in Application Loader

    To erase all the data and applications on your BlackBerry device, do the following:

    1. Connect your device to the computer running Desktop Manager.
    2. In Desktop Manager, double-click the Application Loader icon.
    3. In the Application Loader Wizard window, click Next.
    4. On the Device Security Password screen, type an incorrect password and click Next. Perform this step ten times.
    5. Click Close.Without software the device is unresponsive. It displays device error 507. To re-install the device
    07-20-11 10:40 PM
  2. tuffy100's Avatar
    This has been posted countless times...
    07-21-11 12:34 AM
  3. disturbed10890's Avatar
    I was actually looking for this last night, and was kinda too lazy to search.... thanks!
    07-21-11 10:52 AM
  4. pcgizmo#IM's Avatar
    This has been posted countless times...
    Are you kidding??? None of this has ever been posted before.
    07-21-11 11:04 AM
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