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KB02318 - How to delete all data, or all data and applications, from the BlackBerry smartphone


Environment

  • BlackBerry® Desktop Manager
  • BlackBerry smartphones
Warning

  • The following procedures will delete all data, or all data and applications, from the BlackBerry smartphone. Back up the data before you perform these procedures. For instructions, see KB12487.
  • If you have the Content Protection option turned on, the process for deleting all the data on the BlackBerry smartphone can take up to an hour to complete.
  • Do not remove the battery from the BlackBerry smartphone while data is being deleted.



Overview

To delete all data from the BlackBerry smartphone, complete one of the following tasks:
  1. Select the Wipe Handheld option.
  2. Type an incorrect password ten times.
  3. Use the Application Loader tool in BlackBerry Desktop Manager to delete all data.
  4. Use the Backup and Restore tool in the BlackBerry Desktop Manager to clear the application databases.
To clear all the data and applications, perform the following task:

Select the Wipe Handheld option

To delete all of the data from your BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps. This option is available with BlackBerry® Device Software 3.8 and later.
  1. On the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, click Options.
  2. If you are running BlackBerry Device Software 4.1 or later, click Security Options > General Settings. Otherwise, click Security.
  3. Display the menu, and click Wipe Handheld > Continue.
  4. Type blackberry, and press the Enter key. All the data on the BlackBerry smartphone is deleted.

Type an incorrect password

To delete all the data from your BlackBerry smartphone, lock the BlackBerry smartphone, then type an incorrect password ten times. During this process you might be prompted to type blackberry a few times. Once completed, all data on the BlackBerry smartphone is deleted.
Note: You must have a password set on your BlackBerry smartphone to perform this task.

Use the Application Loader tool to delete all data

To delete all the data from your BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps:
  1. Connect your BlackBerry smartphone to the computer, open BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and type the password for your BlackBerry smartphone, if prompted.
  2. Double-click Application Loader, and click Next.
  3. On the Device Security Password screen, type the password of your BlackBerry smartphone, and click Next.
  4. On the Device Application Selection screen, click Next.
  5. On the Completing the Application Loader Wizard screen, click Advanced. The Device Data Preservation screen is displayed.
  6. To delete all application data from the BlackBerry smartphone, select the Erase all application data check box, and click Next.
  7. Select Do not automatically back up and restore the device application data during the loading process and click Next.
  8. Click Finish. The BlackBerry smartphone resets. This might take several minutes.

Use the Backup and Restore tool to clear the application databases

To clear the application databases from your BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps:
  1. Connect your BlackBerry smartphone to the computer, open BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and type the password for your BlackBerry smartphone, if prompted.
  2. Double-click Backup and Restore, and 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 application databases on the BlackBerry smartphone are erased.

Type an incorrect password in the Application Loader tool

To delete all the data and applications from your BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps:
  1. Connect your BlackBerry smartphone to the computer, open BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and double-click Application Loader.
  2. In the Application Loader Wizard window, click Next.
  3. On the Device Security Password screen, type an incorrect password, and click OK. Perform this step ten times and all data and applications will be removed.
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