BlackBerry PlayBook 101: Using BlackBerry App World on the PlayBook

By Adam Zeis on 12 Apr 2011 02:13 pm EDT

BlackBerry PlayBook 101: Using BlackBerry App World on your BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry App World BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry App World is the go to for apps on your BlackBerry smartphone as well as your BlackBerry PlayBook. While you've surely been using App World on your phone for quite some time, you'll find both similarities and differences in App World for the BlackBerry PlayBook. All the same features are there - including categories, featured and top lists - but some things are a bit different as well. So if your curious to know just how to use BlackBerry App World on the PlayBook, check out this tutorial to get you started.

Using BlackBerry App World on the BlackBerry PlayBook

Featured Carousel

BlackBerry App World BlackBerry PlayBook

This is the familiar featured list you've seen on your phone. Here you will find the top applications through which you can scroll. Navigation icons on this screen include Featured, Categories, My World, Search and Home.

BlackBerry App World BlackBerry PlayBook

The Featured screen also contains a subcategory with Newest, Top Free, Top Purchased and Recently Updated.


BlackBerry App World BlackBerry PlayBook

From the Categories screen you can view both free and paid apps according to categories.

BlackBerry App World BlackBerry PlayBook

Within the category you can filter between Paid, Free and All.

My World

BlackBerry App World BlackBerry PlayBook

Much like on your phone, My World connects with your BlackBerry ID and shows all the applications that are installed, unavailable or uninstalled.


BlackBerry App World BlackBerry PlayBook

Plain and simple - use the Search to find applications. You can search terms in both titles and descriptions. 

Download and Install

BlackBerry App World BlackBerry PlayBook

To download and install applications, first navigate to the application. Click the Download button. Enter your BlackBerry ID and password if prompted. The application will download followed by a confirmation message.

BlackBerry App World BlackBerry PlayBook

Once the download is complete, the application will show under the All tab.

Uninstalling Applications

BlackBerry App World BlackBerry PlayBook

Applications can only be uninstalled through BlackBerry App World. To do so, navigate to My World. Select the installed application, then choose Delete.


BlackBerry App World BlackBerry PlayBook

The Help screen is located in the top right corner of all screens within BlackBerry App World. Clicking it launches the Help application.

For even more on the BlackBerry PlayBook be sure to check out all of our BlackBerry PlayBook 101 articles.

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BlackBerry PlayBook 101: Using BlackBerry App World on the PlayBook


will it work with my Word app, like the iPhone, when one buy application I have it under one account on multiple devices?

I suppose it should, since RIM is going to phase out pins and we will all just use one BlackBerry ID....

Do you use the same Blackberry App Account as your phone? Won't the installed apps be different on your phone and Playbook?

Hey @msweet,

Alex from the RIM Social Team here. You’ll be able to have up to 5 BlackBerry smartphones AND 5 BlackBerry PlayBooks connected to your BlackBerry ID at one time. App World has thousands of BlackBerry Apps available for download, and the number of apps that will work on both BlackBerry smartphones and the PlayBook is growing day by day (thanks to our amazing ecosystem of developers). So be sure to check the version availability before you download for the best experience.

Check out the BlackBerry Developer Blog ( to see what’s happening in #BBDEV.



So.... go into each category, view all, sum, and the total of the currently available apps is?

Oh, thanks for the heads up!

Well my original plan was to use the web client anyways until RIM adds the a native email client that doesn't require a BB or a third party application is added.

So this doesn't bother me at all...

I just Pre Ordered my Playbook at Best Buy today. It was just 50 bucks to reserve it plus they put the 50 on a gift card that I can use at anytime. I'm so excited. lol

I'm seeing a lot of apps for useless utilities and games, things I have no interest in. I have yet to see if PB will let me download and read OOo docs ...

Yes! Because I'm getting mine for Australia, would be overly depressing if it was North America only for the App store.

either the following is old info which has changed or RIM HAS GONE MAD
[Article ID: KB26671
Type: Support Content
Last Modified: 03-21-2012]

When attempting to download an application through BlackBerry App World™ on the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet, the following error is encountered.
Install Error: There was a problem during installation. Please try again.
This issue will occur when an account was previously logged into My World from BlackBerry App World 1.0 or 1.1 with a PayPal® account and did not associate that account when creating a BlackBerry® ID to use with BlackBerry App World 2.0.
Please complete the following steps to confirm the setup of the BlackBerry ID:

From a computer, go to .
In the upper right area of the BlackBerry App World site, click Sign In.
At the sign in page, enter in the desired BlackBerry ID account information.
Then continue with the account setup process.
Complete steps 1 through 3 if required to do so.

Note: Step 2 of the BlackBerry App World setup process instructs to connect a BlackBerry® smartphone.
Currently, a BlackBerry PlayBook is not compatible with the web setup process so an active BlackBerry smartphone will be required to complete this.

somebody please help
Kolkata, India
Nokia E63, BB PB 16GB

I got a the Playbook, did all the set ups but my bbm app world downloads is not synchronized with my phone? And to access my app world on Playbook, I need to have wi-fi, is that correct? Does not even operate with bb bridge or tethering? Did I do something wrong with the set up?

nice post.. How to change the Country Region and Language in App World, where is the options for those?