Quick Tip: How to check what OS version you are running

By Jared DiPane on 10 Sep 2011 01:44 pm EDT

Whether you need to verify your OS version to ensure compatability with an application, or just for your own personal knowledge finding the information is quite simple to do from your device. There are two different ways to check the information, both take only a few seconds and the information you need will be right at your fingertips. Let's take a quick look after the break at how to verify the OS version of your BlackBerry.

Verifying from within a text entry field


When you are in a field in which text can be entered, like an email, SMS, or BBM message compose screen you simply type 'myver' (without the quotes) then press space and the text will then change to give you the information. The numbers will show as XXXX/X.X.X.XXX, the first four numbers are the device model number, and the set of numbers after the slash will be the OS version of your device.

Verifying from the systems menu


If you would rather learn a little more about the device you can do so by heading into the device options and finding the version number this way. Finding this is extrememly easy on OS6/7 because with universal search all you need to do is type in "version" and click on the options icon and it will appear. For devices on OS5 and below, or if you have universal search disabled, you will need to go to options, then scroll to the top and click on about. The screen that pops up will reveal your OS version, device model number, app versions and much much more. On the third line you will find the OS version in the parenthesis, it will start with vX.X.X.XXX.

It's just that simple, a few clicks and you can easily see exactly which OS version you are running so you will know if the application or theme you are looking at will work properly on your device. 

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Reader comments

Quick Tip: How to check what OS version you are running


Left ALT, Right up arrow, and H all together will also show additional details along with the App version.

If you have "disable word substitution" enabled in your text messaging options this won't work there, as it uses auto text aka word substitution.

Okay...re-read the instructions and got it to work. But why would one want to search for it when all you have to do is click on Device and then About Device Versions. That's 2 clicks versus 8 if you type out the entire word. I could see it being useful if you could search the word "version" from the home screen and have it displayed right away.


Some ppl will find that too difficult believe it or not a perfect example would be what happened today.
I asked my friend what her phone is plus OS and she was completely clueless so I told her to via bbm to just type "myver" on her bbm and send it to me ahhhh much better:)
Ps-works on bbm/memopad/email, and even on my app, crunchSMS too:)
Thank you CrackBerry !!