WORKAROUND: Restoring a BlackBerry Link Backup Gets Stuck or Fails on Your BlackBerry 10 Device

posted May 21, 2013, 5:55 PM by Nicolay Doytchev   [ updated May 21, 2013, 5:55 PM ]

I don't know why this happens (yet) but sometimes backups do not restore on BlackBerry 10 (BB10) via BlackBerry Link (Link). I've had two distinct symptoms - one is the restore process getting stuck at some percentage - for me it was 2%. The other was the device rebooting in the middle of the backup and then Link failing to detect it. The latter produces an error message "Backup did not complete" with explanation "There could have been a problem with the device or connection during the backup. Verify that the device is turned on and connected."

What I've found is that if you cancel the stuck restore from the device (you don't need to cancel in case the backup failed), then just retry the restore, the second attempt succeeds. As far as I can tell the resulting restore works as expected.

So there you have it, if you restore gets stuck or fails, retry.

HOWТO: Install GoogleTalk on Your BlackBerry

posted May 4, 2011, 3:59 PM by Nicolay Doytchev   [ updated May 6, 2012, 10:55 AM ]


Fortunately there is GoogleTalk for BlackBerry. Chances are that if you read this, you are on your desktop, searching for ways to get your GoogleTalk up and running on your BlackBerry. There is a convenient way to do just that in several easy steps:
  1. Go to this URL:
  2. Enter your BlackBerry-linked e-mail address. Shortly you will receive an e-mail on your BlackBerry.
  3. Open the received e-mail and click on the provided link. A cute page with "Download Now" will appear.
  4. Click it. You should see a page with "Next".
  5. Click "Next". A more informative page will open.
  6. Tick "Set Application Permissions" and click "Download".
  7. Enter your password. A menu with permissions will open.
  8. Hit the BB button and select "Save". If it asks whether to replace the existing  version - select "Replace".
  9. Another dance for your success!
Enjoy! :D

HOWTO: Mark All Messages as Read on Your BlackBerry

posted May 4, 2011, 3:38 PM by Nicolay Doytchev   [ updated May 25, 2013, 11:13 AM ]

The first thing you will notice about your Messages box is that it grows rapidly with stuff not pertaining to you. Probably most of those messages are not for you anyway but part of a mailing list you were forcibly added to. The thing you want to do is just - Mark All Read. But it is not there. Actually it is there but it isn't called exactly that and it isn't visible at all times. In order to mark all messages as read - follow these steps:

Legacy BlackBerry

  1. Open Messages.
  2. Hit "T". This brings you to the top of the list. Notice this is the _date_ field rather than the first message.
  3. Now open the BB menu. That is hit the BB button.
  4. Select "Mark Prior Read". This is the magic option you were looking for. It is only visible while the _date_ is highlighted.
  5. Dance, upon your triumph!

BlackBerry 10

  1. Open the BlackBerry Hub.
  2. Tap and hold on a date header until the context menu appears.
  3. Tap the "Mark Prior Read" item.
  4. Confirm this is what you want.
  5. Dance, upon your triumph!

As you probably figured out, you can use this maneuver to mark messages read prior to any date.

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