Beginners guide to installing a theme
There are 2 steps when installing a theme; Downloading/Installing & Activating the theme.
1. DOWNLOADING THE THEME
The first thing you need to do is download and install the theme.
The easiest and quickest way is to download it “OTA” or “Over The Air”.
There are two ways to do this.
1. The fastest way is to visit the page the theme is posted on while on your PC and look for an OTA link. When you find the link you can just right click the link and select “Copy Link Address”. Then go to your email client and type in the email address that goes to your Blackberry. In the email body just press CTRL+V then ENTER. Then hit “Send”.
When the email comes to your phone, just open it up and click the link in the email. Depending on the email client you used to send it, you may have to copy and paste the link from your Blackberry Email to the Blackberry Browser.
Once the link is open you will see the theme info and 2 buttons; Download and Cancel. Select Download and wait for the theme to download and install. When it finishes you will see a dialog box that says “The application was successfully installed”. Press OK. Then the Browser will ask if you want to close the Browser. Select Yes.
2. The other way to download OTA is to visit the theme page from your Blackberry Browser. When you navigate to the OTA link you want, select it and follow the same instructions as above.
The next way to install a theme is to use the Blackberry Desktop Manager.
To get the file on your computer you need to download the theme alx file. To get the file just navigate to the page the theme is posted on using your PC. Look for the “Desktop” link and click it to download the zip file. Save it somewhere that you will remember. After the download finishes you need to unzip the file. After it unzips you should have 2 files; an ALX file and a COD file.
Now plug in your phone using the USB cable and open up desktop Manager. If you don’t have Desktop manager installed you can download it from here:https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads...3A876AA2339A78
Once Desktop Manger is open, click the Application Loader icon. Then select “Add/Remove Applications". On the next screen select “Browse” and navigate to the location of the ALX on your PC. Then select “Next”. It will have a confirmation screen saying that your device will be updated to include xxxxxxx theme. Click “Finish”.
2. ACTIVATING THE THEME
FOR OS 5 AND BELOW - Now you have the theme installed on your phone. But before it shows up you have to make it the current theme. To do this go to Options and scroll down to Themes. This opens the theme menu. You should see the theme in the list. All you have to do is select it and it should change over to the theme in a few seconds. Now exit out of Options and see your new theme!
FOR OS 6 AND ABOVE - Generally when you install a theme via OTA it will automatically ask you if you want to activate that new theme. But if it doesn't, or you install another way, then here are the steps to activate, or change from one theme to the other. First go to 'Options'... scroll down and select 'Display' from the list... then select 'Screen Display' from the list... finally scroll the the bottom where you will see your available themes for your device. Now just select the theme you want and it will automatically load in a few seconds. Now exit out of Options and see your new theme!
That’s it. Now you have a custom theme on your BlackBerry. It is always good practice to remove the battery for about 30 seconds and re-insert it after installing a theme or app. This re-boots the phone and gets the theme/app running smooth. :D
If you have done the above installation steps in the correct manner and you still do not see the theme:
- You may have installed a incompatible theme on your device.
- The theme installed was meant for another device or operating system.
If you simply installed for the wrong OS, then you need to delete the incompatible theme from your device and then install the correct version.