How to remove, delete, and uninstall apps from your BlackBerry

 (Hint: it's all the same thing)

By Joseph Holder on 15 Mar 2011 09:40 am EDT

So, you've found yourself with one (or eight) too many applications and/or games on your BlackBerry; it's time to delete some apps. There are lots of reasons to delete an application: freeing up memory, installing a paid version of the app, installing a better app.... Whatever the reason may be, it's really easy to uninstall one. 

  1. Find the app you want to delete and highlight it.
  2. Press the menu key
  3. Choose delete
  4. Reboot your BlackBerry when prompted 

The end.

Oh, you wanted more? Maybe a video? How about learning about the other three ways to remove an app? Read on.

What BlackBerry operating system are you using?

Help Me! screen on a BlackBerry

The steps for deleting an application are virtually identical whether you're running OSFive or OS6. Still, it's always a good idea to know what OS you're running. The easiest and fastest way to tell involves teaching you a BlackBerry Pro Tip. Learn this well; use it to impress your BlackBerry-wielding friends. Here's how to bring up the Help Me! screen; it's full of useful information.

You're going to press the alt key, the left shift key, and the letter H all at the same time. You can press the letters one after the other, but all three keys need to be held down at the same time. Pearl users can hold the alt key and type R A C E. Storm users will hold down the return (back) key while they click the top left corner, then the top right, top left, top right and release. Slightly complicated, but it works. When done properly, you'll see the screen below.

Take a look at that picture up there. Do you see the line that says App Version: (695)? That's the version of the operating system; don't worry about the numbers in parentheses. That first bit of the version number tells me this BlackBerry runs OS 6.0; other phones might say 5.0 or even 4.6.

Deleting an app via the Options menu 

This is the one part of the process that's a little bit different depending on your operating system. And it's only a slight difference in the options menu. To begin, the process is the same. Find the icon for the options menu, it usually looks like a wrench; thought it may differ if you have a theme installed.

OSFive users will select Applications from the list of items. OS6 users will select Device, then Application Management. See? I told you it was only a slight difference.

From here, you can find the application you wish to remove. Of course you can scroll through the list, but it's much faster to type the name of the app to be uninstalled. Once you've found your (un)desired app, click on it's name to get more information about the app. From there, you can choose to delete the app. Alternately, you can highlight the app, press the menu key, and choose delete from the menu.

In any case, you'll need to confirm that you really, really want to delete the app. It will take a few moments for the BlackBerry to do its thing; you will soon be prompted to reboot your BlackBerry. If you're doing a little spring-cleaning and plan on deleting several apps, choose later. You can postpone the rebooting until you have removed the last one.

Deleting and Archiving via App World 

For any of the apps you've purchased or downloaded with BlackBerry App World, you can delete and even archive them through App World. Archiving an app means that you'll uninstall an application and store its installation files on your microSD card. Here's a video explaining more.

Deleting an application through App World is done much in the same way. You'll still open App World, go to My World, and highlight the application. To delete (uninstall, remove) it, press the menu key (the BlackBerry key) and choose Delete from the list. You will most likely need to restart your BlackBerry after the application is deleted. To reinstall the app, you must go through the whole process of downloading and installing it again.

Deleting an App via the BlackBerry Desktop Manager

The fourth and final way to delete applications from your BlackBerry involves a USB cable and Desktop Manager. It is by far the most cumbersome way to remove applications, but it's a perfect solution if you are deleting more than one app.

Connect your BlackBerry to the computer via USB cable; then start BlackBerry Desktop Manager. After a few moments, Desktop Manager and your BlackBerry will connect; and you can select Applications at the top of the list to the left. After a few moments, Desktop Manager will present you with a list of installed applications.

To the right of each listed application is a button with an X on it. For each application you want to remove, simply click the X. Don't worry if you make a mistake, your applications won't be deleted until you click the Apply button at the bottom right of Desktop Manager. Once you decided on apps to remove and clicked the Apply button, Desktop Manager does its thing. When all the apps have been removed, your BlackBerry will automatically restart.

So there you have it, four different ways to delete applications on your BlackBerry. Although the first way to delete apps is the easiest, it is by no account the only way to remove applications from your smartphone. Now that you know several different ways of doing the same thing, which will you use?

Reader comments

How to remove, delete, and uninstall apps from your BlackBerry


nah man... just trying to fill in some of the gaps in missing tutorials and content, etc.  it's a site for all levels of user... newbie to pro... gotta cover new user stuff sometimes too ya know.  deal with it :)

It would also be nice to be able to completely remove the app name all together from the app store "My World" uninstalled section. I understand the concept when it's a paid app. If you want to re-install it, you can, but sometimes I find one app that doesn't fit my needs and I find a better one that does. There is never a chance of re-installing the app again so it just sits there. I'd love to be able to remove that.

With the latest version of App World (2.0+), it is no longer possible to remove the list of uninstalled apps from My World.  They don't take up any room; they're just links to your previous programs.  

you can remove the uninstalled apps - connect to your computer and delete. I hate having the apps that I've uninstalled sitting there taking up space.

ive tried this it dont work i have 112 uninstalled apps on crapworld at the mo ?
i always believed its just tough deal with it

Here's a solution to deleting "uninstalled app" from App World: reinstall the uninstalled app, then when it's downloading you press the track pad to pause the download, then press the menu button and select "cancel download". The app is now gone.

Finally, a freaking solution that actually works.

That's all good except the having to reboot to complete the deletion. Wouldn't be so bad if it didn't take 10+ minutes to reboot the device!

BlackBerry has a serious problem of storage space leak. Say, you have 114 MB free and then you install a given app. Your free memory is now 110 MB. Now, say you did not like that app and uninstalled it. You are not back at 114 MB. Instead you get like 112.8 MB or 113.2 MB. As you try out apps and uninstalling what you don't like, you lose some serious storage space the process and no battery pull gets it all back. Eventually you have to do a device wipe and start all over to get all the free space back. (Just in case, Android has this same problem too.)

i copied shabbs idea and it was working did a quikpull after 10
then i upgraded to new bb app world rebooted as requested and
i,m now back at 122 uninstalled apps 90 of which are just mince !!!

I have Install an application in My BB (8520 cruve) application name quick Text for BBM.. when i run this app in my BB then my Menu button is not working.. its freezing.... U tell me plz how can i delete this application from my BB without Menu button...???
Reply Me back plz coz i don't want to reset my BBM and don't want to Lose my All data from My BB.....