How to use BlackBerry World in the desktop browser to download apps, games, and videos to your BlackBerry 10 device

BlackBerry World on a desktop computer
By Simon Sage on 20 Feb 2013 04:57 pm EST

BlackBerry World hosts a wealth of apps, movies, and music, but sometimes it's a lot more handy browsing that content from a desktop computer. The web interface for BlackBerry World is really smooth and clean, plus you can do some pretty in-depth stuff, including remotely installing and removing apps from your device. After installing a browser plug-in, you can dive into My World and see everything that's going on on your various BlackBerry devices. 

Log in

BlackBerry World for desktop 

The first step is cracking open BlackBerry World in your web browser and logging in. It's worth noting that if you're idle for too long, you'll be automatically logged out - for your own security, of course. From there, you'll want to be sure to make sure your current device is selected at the top - this will make sure you're filtering content based on what's available and that you aren't trying to load stuff up onto your PlayBook or old BlackBerry instead of your shiny new Z10. 

Get downloading!

BlackBerry World on desktop

Now you're ready to discover new content that you want for your device. If you're looking for something specific, punch in a query in the search bar in the top right, or browse more casually through the provided app, video, and music categories. Once you've found something you want, just tap the Download or Buy buttons provided. It takes awhile to pop up, so if you're the antsy type, you may want to scan the QR barcode there instead; just swipe down from the top of the device screen in BlackBerry World, tap Scan Barcode, and point the camera at the blocky-looking thing in your desktop browser. Either way, BlackBerry World will pop up on your device with the item opened, and if payment authorization is required, you'll need to type in your BlackBerry ID password. If it's free, it will start downloading automatically. Make sure that you have either PayPal, credit card, or carrier billing enabled on your account. Remote downloading works just fine for music and videos, too. 

Stay up to date

BlackBerry World

Once your phone is loaded up with goodies, the web-based BlackBerry World can also be used to keep tabs on your content. Click the My World tab to see what content is licensed for your current device, and freely re-install, uninstall, and update remotely. 

That's our tour of BlackBerry World in the web browser! Be sure to use it when you're at the desktop anyway - after all, you can get a better look at content at the big screen.

Reader comments

How to use BlackBerry World in the desktop browser to download apps, games, and videos to your BlackBerry 10 device


Hi Simon. After I installed the browser plug in the app world Web page stopped responding. After deleting the Web browser application on my pc the app world Web page worked ok again. I'm running windows 8 64 bit. Obviously without the Web browser installed I haven't got the ability to send apps selections from my pc to my z10. Any ideas?

Are you using the Windows 8 version of IE 10 by any chance? It doesn't support plugins other than flash. You will need to use the desktop version of IE 10, Chrome, or Firefox. Even the desktop version of IE has some issues I have discovered. Instead I use Firefox as my default web browser to get around these problems.

I'm using IE10 desktop version in Windows 8. Will try installing Firefox to see if this cures the problem. Cheers.

I read this article because I assumed it referred to actually using the desktop browser to do the app installation itself, rather than just providing a QR barcode to point the camera at.

What does the "download" button on the app page actually do, if you are viewing that page on a desktop computer?

Wow...this is so cool!!! Had no idea that BlackBerry World on the desktop browser could do all this. So far this is one of the BEST reviews I think I have come across. Some of the other reviews I may have figured it out or read it in the forum somewhere at some point, but probably would never have discovered this one if you hadn't posted. THANKS Simon!

Just noticed to that it shows all my purchased apps date and price very cool.