How to Install BlackBerry 6.0 OS on BlackBerry Bold 9700 When It’s Not Available From Your Carrier

Posted February 22, 2011 by Rob Rogers in Blackberry

The BlackBerry 6.0 OS has some great new features such as a new browser, revamped media player, and a modified homescreen. Unfortunately, not all carriers are making it available. Here’s how to get BlackBerry 6.0 OS on your 9700.

First, make sure that you have installed the BlackBerry Desktop software on your computer, you can get it from here. After installation, use the Desktop software to make a backup of your device.

Go here and select BlackBerry Bold (TM) 9700 smartphone from the dropdown menu and click the Next button. Click the Download link for BlackBerry Handheld Software v6.0… Fill out the required fields (you can enter anything for job title and company) and click the Next button. Scroll to the bottom of the page, select the Agree radio button and click the next button. Finally, click the Download button.

Once the software has been downloaded, install it onto your computer.

After the software has been installed, connect your BlackBerry Bold 9700 to your computer using the USB cable.

On your computer, go to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader and delete vendor.xml. Staying in the AppLoader directory, doulbe-click Loader.exe to install the OS onto your handheld device. After a few reboots, your BlackBerry Bold will be running the BlackBerry 6.0 OS.


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  • Crumbwinkle

    didn’t work for me ,couldn’t find vendor.xml

    • marlon

      > ik wil een neuwe softwere 6.0 os

  • Qwq

    Thank you. It works

  • td


    I have a bold 9700 with 5 OS and i would like to upgread to OS 6 and i download and install in my PC and i have the last virson of desktop Blackberry software
    but the problem it’s not loaded and i tried but doesn’t work or not found the file to load OS 6

    hopefully you help me to install the 6 OS without using Blackberry desktop software or Blackberry online service.


  • sinbad


    i have a blackberry 9700 using OS 6, the cover was old and i exchanged the cover (Face), after changing the cover i switched on the phone and the keypad and the scroll button was not working but only the volume buttons, i took out the battery and replaced it again when the phone started booting i pressed the alt buttons several times. when the phone was on the buttons started working except for the scroll button. i downgraded to OS 5 and the phone works perfectly but when i upgrade to OS 6 the button problems starts, am now using OS 5.

    please help…………………………………….

  • Osama Tanvir

    I have a Rogers Blackberry Bold 9700 which after leaving Canada I’ve factory unlocked it. My BB is working on OS 6.6.666 but yesterday I download OS 6.6.668 from Orange and when I tried to install it on my BB it says “the desktop software does not support this version of your phone”. I tried to install OS from Orange and it installs perfectly but the wallpaper was still Rogers. I tried removing Vendor but it dosen’t help. I updated my Desktop manager and it is the latest version but still the same problem it always says “the desktop software does not support this version of your phone”
    Any help please