Getting Apps On Your New BlackBerry

Apps
By Adam Zeis on 20 Jul 2009 10:09 am
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Your new BlackBerry Smartphone (maybe a Tour?!) is in your hand and you're ready to go. You want to check the weather, hop on Twitter, listen to streaming radio and play some games. Once you're initiated, getting apps onto your BlackBerry is an easy process, but if you're new to BlackBerry it's not quite as readily intuitive as it could be. Just how do you get all those apps installed and running? There are few good options out there for browsing, purchasing and installing applications. Two of our favorite one-stop browse/shop solutions are BlackBerry App World and the CrackBerry App Stores, and to stay on top of what's new and what's offered at the best price you'll want to have both installed on your device. Another option you'll often run into in the world of apps is downloading directly from independent developer sites. Below we'll take a quick run through these three options so you can start filing up your homescreen and folders with apps, apps, apps!

After Installing, Don't Forget The Final Step- Finding your App or Activating your Theme

Applications: In the case of an application or game, typically an icon will be installed onto your homescreen. On older devices the icon for the new application will appear on the main homescreen, or on newer devices the icon will appear in your downloads folder by default. You can also relocate the placement of this icon (see tutorial). Note that some applications may not install an icon anywhere, but rather will add more functionality to the device (a new option will appear on the main Options menu).

Themes: Unlike an application, when you install a theme it does not install any sort of icon onto the homescreen. Rather, you need to enter the Themes menu, which can be found by going to Options > Themes. Here you can select your new theme and activate it. For more info, visit this Basics of BlackBerry themes tutorial.

BlackBerry App World || CrackBerry App Store || CrackBerryAppStore.com Mobile Site ShopCrackBerry.com || Independent Sites

BlackBerry App World

BlackBerry App World launched on April 1st of 2009, and is RIM's official official app store. It features a variety of free and paid apps and requires a paypal account to purchase. RIM chose to set a minimum app price of $2.99, which has turned out to be sort of strange -- you can actually find many of the same apps in App World tha sell for $2.99 for only $1.99 or even 99 cents in the CrackBerry App stores. App World launched in North America and the UK and is rolling out to more countries in the months ahead. Currently it is an on-device only store, which means there's no computer browse-able version. App World does not include themes in their catalogue. App World also has no means for which refunds can be provided and tech support is only provided by the developer.

If you haven't already installed BlackBerry App World, you can do so by visiting http://blackberry.com/appworld from your mobile browser.  Click the Download button and the application will install on your device. 

BlackBerry App World

Click on the BlackBerry App World icon on your device to start the application. The first screen you will see is the list of featured items. You can scroll through these applications, or choose to view Categories, Top Downloads or Search for items. 

BlackBerry App World

BlackBerry App World

After locating the desired application, select download to install it on your device. The application will automatically install. 


BlackBerry App World

BlackBerry App World

BlackBerry App World

Find the icon on your device and start the application.

 

CrackBerry App Stores

CrackBerry.com's App Store offering is a little more confusing as there are essentially three app stores available for consumer use, but between them is very full featured offering a number of free and paid apps AND themes, pricing as low as 99 cents, support for paypal and credit card (credit card currently on web store only), dedicated support for order assistance in addition to technical assistance by the developer, provides refunds and is available in countries around the world.

The ShopCrackBerry.com CrackBerry App Store (http://software.crackberry.com) is the most full featured store and is optimized for browsing on your computer. You can purchase with paypal and/or credit card, buy multiple apps in one checkout, get featured pricing, and in addition to screen caps can often (when provided by developer) view videos of the apps in action. The only limitation to this store is that it currently does not accept coupon codes for apps.

The CrackBerry Mobile App Store (http://crackberryappstore.com - visit from your Berry's browser) is essentially the mobile version of the main computer-optimized store. For example, if you visit a url on the CrackBerry blogs pointing to the main store at software.crackberry.com (and your browser's identification is set to BlackBerry), you will automatically get redirected to the mobile version of this link on your device. Only credit card checkout is currently available for this mobile cart, but coupon codes will work here. 

The CrackBerry App Store Client (download from http://crackberry.com/appstore on your Berry's browser) is essentially an App World of sorts - this is an actual program you install on your device that is more user-friendly than a mobile site. Like the mobile app store, it currently requires credit card checkout. The app store client has several awesome features that you can learn more about here.

CrackBerry App Store Mobile Client

CrackBerry App Store Client

Start the CrackBerry App Store client on your device. Visit http://crackberry.com/appstore from your mobile browser to download the CrackBerry App Store mobile client.

 

Find an application

Choose Search or Browse to locate the application/theme you wish to purchase

 

Buy Now

After selecting the application, press the Menu key and choose Buy Now

 

CheckoutCheckout

If you are a returning customer, enter your information. New customers may choose to pay with a credit card.

 

Processed Order

Your order will be confirmed and processed

 

Download to Device

Select Download Now


DownloadingRun App

After the application is installed, select Run to start the application


Register

 

After the application stars you will be prompted to Register


Registration

Enter the Activation Code (registration screens may vary from picture)


Success

You will see a confirmation message if activation was successful

 

 

CrackBerryAppStore.com Mobile Site

CrackBerryAppStore.com

Browse to CrackBerryAppStore.com from your device browser


Buy an Application

Choose Search or Browse to locate the application/theme you wish to purchase and select the Buy button


Customer Information

Select New Customer (Step 2 will ask for your billing information) or Returning Customer (select Submit Order on Step 2)


Order Confirmation

You will see your Order Confirmation page


Order Detail

You will receive and Order Detail email with any Activation Codes and Download Instructions. Select Go to the download page


Download to Device

Select Click here to download to your device


Run App

After the application is installed, select Run to start the application


Register

 

After the application stars you will be prompted to Register


Registration

Enter the Activation Code (registration screens may vary from picture)


Success

You will see a confirmation message if activation was successful

 

ShopCrackBerry.com (from a PC)

ShopCrackBerry.com

Navigate your web browser to http://www.shopcrackberry.com (or click on the Store tab on any CrackBerry.com page)

 

App Store Tab

Click on the App Store tab or one of the subcategories

 

Search Box

Locate the application/theme by entering text in the search box, or browsing through a category

 

Add To Cart

Select the application/theme you wish to purchase and choose Add To Cart


Secure Checkout

If paying by credit card choose Secure Checkout. If you wish to pay via Paypal, click the Check Out With Paypal button.

Billing Information
Returning Customer

New customers will need to enter their billing information, while returning customers need only to enter their email address and zip code.


Software Registration

Some software may require registration and you will be asked to enter your device PIN (found under Options > Status on your device)


Order Confirmation

When your order is complete you will see the Order Confirmation page


Order Details

You will receive a confirmation email that contains instructions on how to download the application/theme directly to your device. Select the Download To Mobile option. You will be redirected to a download page.


Download Page

Select Download and the application/theme will install.


Successfully Installed

 

You will see a confirmation box when the download is complete.

Related CrackBerry App Store Links

If you need help or assistance with the CrackBerry App Store, these links below will help you out. You can also visit crackberrysoftwaresupport.com for direct assistance.

 

Independent Site

Many developers offer free downloads from their respective sites, or at times will ask you to download directly from them. This is an easy process that can be completed in a few simple steps.

Download

Download

Navigate to the mobile site or download link on your mobile browser

 

Download

Select Download and the application will download and install

Download

When complete, you will see the icon on your homescreen or downloads folder

Conclusion

That's it.  Now you're armed with the knowledge of how to get apps and themes onto your BlackBerry Smartphone. In addition to the suggestions above, be sure to check out our Apps forum (storm apps here) and Themes forum for lots of ideas.

Topics: BlackBerry 101

9 comments

KurtisBertolami

so are you trying to say crackberry's appstore is superior :D

rlmesq

If they don't come out and say it, I will. CrackBerry's app store in infinitely superior to BB Crapworld.

Just read the threads on the forums. For instance, CheetahAce releases an update for QuickLaunch and it's on CB almost immediately, which people who bought it through Crapworld have to wait for days to get a download.

The customer service on CB is more responsive, too.

For the same price, CB is a much better deal. Besides, they provide this forum for free, so I'd rather spend my dollars with them.

renaes26

is there an app for a tip calculator? or where can i find it on my tour?

Joeydelicious

go to stormgrounds.com/apps/

Joeydelicious

go to stormgrounds.com/apps and theres a free calc app there

jonahlin

hi, Adam, i m an app develop, we want to send you have a review. is it okay? how can i contact you?

terryzx

I'm really pissed!!!!

I downloaded this for my Tour and after the install I got a error. Tried it again on the same non touch version and got the same error. Then removed it and restarted my Tour and then got that damned REINSTALL SOFTWARE 552

This just SUCKS!!!!!

Now I need to spend the rest of the afternoon reinstalling EVERYTHING and then setting it all up AGAIN.

THANX FOR WASTING MY SATURDAY AFTERNOON :(

Black_Hawk

I would like to see a centralized repository for purchasing BB apps, with a way to use pre-paid/gift cards (simular to the itunes cards). I do/will not use PayPal and I don't like to use my credit card for small change purchases. Is there any chance of having such a service?