First of all, what is a Hybrid OS? A Hybrid BlackBerry OS takes files from the most recent OS of various devices and puts them together in a package. Developers take the best files from other builds (ie. .668/.440) and put them together with the rest to create a more customized and advanced OS – more stable, increased battery life, faster boot up, etc. Whenever BlackBerry releases a new OS, it means that they made some fixes – like battery issues, camera issues, signal issues, etc. – from the previous OS and/or added a new feature that the previous OS didn’t have. In other words, a hybrid OS is a combination of the bests.
So how do you install it on your BlackBerry device?
- BlackBerry Desktop Manager for PC – Make sure it is installed in your computer before proceeding and make a backup to save your device settings.
- BBSAK (BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife) to backup your COD files such as themes, applications, games, etc.
- Your Base OS
- Your Hybrid OS
- You need to install its base OS. Make sure your hybrid matches your base OS. – Some developers lists what OS base you should download for their hybrid.
- Your base OS will install to the following directory: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research in Motion\Shared\Loader Files (check x64 directory for 64 bit machines)
- Delete ‘Vendor.xml‘ located in apploader folder at the following path: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research in Motion\AppLoader\ – Unless the OS you have downloaded came officially from your carrier’s site, you need to delete ‘Vendor.xml’ otherwise it will not install to your device.
- If you have many applications/games that are installed in your device, you may want to backup it all up using BBSAK and restore them after the hybrid has been installed. Make sure you did a backup with BlackBerry Desktop Manager too. After you have made your backups, click ‘Wipe Device’ to do a clean install. After which your device will show 507 reload software error. – Don’t panic! It just means that you need to install an OS.
6. Install your chosen hybrid to default path: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research in Motion\Shared\Loader Files
7. Once done, a program called ’Shrink-A-OS’ or ‘Blackberry Hybrid Tool’ will automatically launch. Select the applications or languages that you won’t use in order to save more space, then click ‘Shrink-My-OS!’ NOTE: Do not shrink out any themes for default fonts.
8. Now click ‘Launch Loader’ and follow the prompts in loader until installation is complete.
If you have accidentally bricked your device, all you have to do is re-install a stock carrier provided firmware to the ‘Loader files’ directory.
- Open Command terminal. You can do this by going to Start> Run> Cmd
- type cd C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\Apploader
- Once you are pointed at the Apploader directory, issue the following command: Loader.exe /resettofactory