How to install 3rd party applications (Mac OS X)

Note: If you have a Microsoft Windows PC please refer to Installing 3rd Party Applications (Microsoft Windows).

To install a 3rd party application on your BlackBerry you can choose different ways.

  1. Get an OTA-Download link for the [APPLICATION].jad file and point your BlackBerry browser to it. The installation will start.
  2. Use your desktop computer; connect your BlackBerry device to it and install the application to your BlackBerry

1. OTA Installation
This procedure of installing software on your BlackBerry is very easy. The only thing you need is a so called OTA link. This link points to a .JAD file (which actually is a description file for your BlackBerry application). As of an example we will use the free application from BerryQuery.com to demonstrate this procedure. You just need to use the link below and point your BlackBerry browser to it. The installation process will start automatically. The program will be installed to your BlackBerry if you follow the instructions.

OTA Download for BerryQuery: http://www.berryquery.com/berryquery.jad

Unfortunately, a lot of vendors do not provide OTA download links for their applications. If this is the case you should try the following.

2. Installation via desktop computer (Mac OS X)
PocketMac for BlackBerry - Icon
To install a 3rd party application using your Mac OS X desktop you need to have a BlackBerry desktop application installed. The “official” application is called PocketMac for BlackBerry. You can download that one directly at RIM: http://www.discoverblackberry.com/discover/mac_solutions.jsp.

Once you have installed it you will see an icon on your desktop. Before clicking this icon please connect your BlackBerry to your Mac. After starting the PocketMac application you will see the main coming up:


PocketMac for BlackBerry - Status

If you are installing BlackBerry applications using your desktop computer you mostly get a .zip file (e.g. “nextaction.zip“) from the software vendor. On Mac OS X you just double click onto that .zip file and its contents will be extracted to a subdirectory (e.g. “nextaction unpacked”) of your current directory.

Now you choose “Utilities » Install Software to Device” and select the appropriate .alx (e.g. “nextaction.alx”) file that has been extracted.


How to install 3rd party applications (Mac OS X) - PocketMac

The program will be installed to your BlackBerry automatically. After the process is finished you will find a new icon and name below on your BlackBerry’s desktop. By clicking the icon you start the newly installed application. That’s it. Easy right? :)

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26 thoughts on “How to install 3rd party applications (Mac OS X)

  1. I am using Pocketmac just as you list above… but after it asks if I want to install ‘x’ and I select ‘yes’… my screen blinks and nothing happens….. any ideas?

  2. I downloaded “Audible-Pearl8220.jad” and uded Pocketmac for installation but it did not recognize it for installation–could not see it. Anyone know, now what other than OTA which cost $ and don’t want to do?

  3.  Am using the Mac BB desktop software. Tried using the application button but it won’t recognise the .jad or any other files in the folder… what do i now? 

  4.  Am using the Mac BB desktop software. Tried using the application button but it won’t recognise the .jad or any other files in the folder… what do i now? 

  5.  Am using the Mac BB desktop software. Tried using the application button but it won’t recognise the .jad or any other files in the folder… what do i now? 

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