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BlackBerry PlayBook OS

Install the latest version of the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS to ensure you have access to the latest features and functionality on your BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. Software updates are free, are performed over the air, over a Wi-Fi® connection, and take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You can also update your software by using the application loader in the BlackBerry® Desktop Software.

How do I update my software?

To update the software on your tablet, you must be connected to a Wi-Fi network. A notification will appear when a software update is available. To view your updates, tap the Software Notification icon. To begin downloading your software update, tap Update. To finalize the software update, tap Restart.

Update to the newest version of
BlackBerry Bridge


New BlackBerry® Bridge™ features in the PlayBook OS 2.0 let your BlackBerry smartphone act as a keyboard and mouse for your PlayBook giving you wireless remote control of your tablet. To take advantage of these new features, be sure to update to the latest version of the BlackBerry Bridge app on your smartphone.

BlackBerry Desktop Software

Get help installing BlackBerry Desktop Software and backing up your information.

Latest software releases

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      • Includes the following updates for all models of the BlackBerry PlayBook (Wi-Fi only and 4G/4G LTE™)

        • Adobe® Flash® Player security updates to ensure customers remain protected from these issues
        • Resolves issues where some users were unable to either purchase or upgrade apps within the BlackBerry® World™ storefront

        Updates for the 4G/4G LTE PlayBook are subject to carrier availability.

      • Includes the following updates for the W-Fi only PlayBook:

        • Improvements to Gmail® and Yahoo!® account setup services
        • Enhancements to browser performance
        • Audio Boost update to comply with European Standard 'EN 60950-1/A12'
        • Renaming of BlackBerry App World™ storefront to BlackBerry® World™ storefront
      • Includes the following updates for the Wi-Fi only PlayBook:

        • Resolved an issue where some users were unable to make in-app payments
        • Updated the Text Messages app so that the latest SMS received appears at the top of the conversation list
        • Fixed an issue where some users were unable to play MPEG-4 video
      • Includes the following update for the Wi-Fi only PlayBook:

        • Fixed an issue some users were experiencing with locally created contacts and calendar events after a software update
      • Includes the following updates (initially available for the Wi-Fi only PlayBook):

        • New BlackBerry Bridge features:
          • BlackBerry Bridge app for text messages: view, respond to and compose SMS messages on the tablet
          • Wi-Fi transport: BlackBerry Bridge data is automatically routed over Wi-Fi while the paired PlayBook and BlackBerry smartphone are connected to the same access point over a local area network
        • New features for BlackBerry® Runtime for Andriod™ apps:
          • Each Android app will run in its own navigator window
          • Support for apps that require access to the camera hardware
          • Purchase content within Android apps with support for in-app payments
        • Support for portrait views in Messages, Calendar and Contacts apps: changes the view to the critical information on the screen
        • Folder sync and management: specify which folders in an email account using Microsoft® ActiveSync® get synchronized to the tablet
        • IMAP folder support: get full access to mail folders for IMAP accounts added to the tablet
        • In the Print To Go app, deliver content to the PlayBook while on any Wi-Fi network, even if it’s different from the PC you’re printing from
        • Encryption of personal data: enable full device encryption through Options > Security > Encryption
        • OTA (over the air) enrollment with BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion1
        • For BlackBerry Mobile Fusion administrators:
          • New security features, including the ability to enable full device encryption and disable development mode for enterprise-connected PlayBook tablets1
          • Ability to configure certificate-based authentication for access to work email and PIM via Microsoft ActiveSync1
        • Security updates for Adobe® Flash® Player
      • Includes the following updates:

        • Browser enhancements to address performance with some websites
        • Improvements to support Android™ apps
        • Optimizations to Video Chat, PIM and BlackBerry Bridge apps
        • Other updates
      • Includes the following new features:

        • Built-in messages app:
          • Unified inbox: see messages from all of your accounts in one place
          • HTML email composing and editing
          • Attachment downloads
          • Ability to perform multiple actions at once like bulk delete
        • Built-in calendar app:
          • Day, Week, Month and Agenda views
          • Growing numbers: numbers grow and shrink based on how busy you are
          • People view shows a contact-centric view of your calendar
          • Newsreel shows news about companies you're meeting with
        • Built-in contacts app:
          • Access Facebook®, Twitter® and LinkedIn® contacts as well as personal and work contacts
          • Merging and de-duplication of contacts
        • Virtual keyboard enhancements:
          • Fluency engine: full word prediction and correction
          • Support for auto capitalization and corrections of misspellings such as acn for can
          • Slimmer design to show more of the screen's content
        • New BlackBerry Bridge features:
          • Wireless remote control: use a BlackBerry smartphone as an external keyboard and mouse for a connected PlayBook
          • Presenter remote: deliver and control slideshow presentations when the PlayBook is connected to a projector or TV via HDMI
        • Open on PlayBook: seamlessly switch screens and invoke any BlackBerry Bridge app on the PlayBook tablet
        • Copy/paste in BlackBerry Bridge apps
        • Print To Go:
          • Wirelessly print from a laptop or PC directly to the PlayBook
          • View, sort and manage digital files as though they were physical sheets of paper
        • Support for Android™ applications
        • Home screen management with customizable panes and folders, and the ability to pick six of your most frequently used applications for the dock
        • Browser reader mode: provides an optimal reading experience by removing ads and the surrounding site, enhancing the font size and displaying text in a cleaner format
        • Video Chat:
          • Improved UI
          • Integration with contacts app: provides a filtered view of video chat contacts
          • Contact availability: identify if a specific contact is available for a video chat
          • Invite based on PIN or email
          • Initiate video chat directly from the contacts, calendar or messages apps
          • Display a video chat on an external screen via an HMDI connection
      • Includes the following fixes and updates:

        • Updated version of Adobe® Flash® Player version 11.1 and Adobe® AIR® 3.1
        • Daylight saving time updates for time zones in the regions of Latin America, Australia and Central America
        • Updated Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi software to help to improve connectivity
        • Fixed issues some users were experiencing with account payments in the BlackBerry App World™ storefront
        • Improved synching when restoring applications with BlackBerry Desktop Software
        • Security update for Adobe Flash Player, as noted in Adobe Security Bulletin APSB-11-28
      • Includes the following updates:

        • Differential updates: smaller download file sizes as only the sections of the BlackBerry® Tablet OS that require updating are updated
        • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity to WEP networks
        • Faster pairing between a BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook via BlackBerry Bridge
        • Faster attachment opening via BlackBerry Bridge
      • Includes the following updates:

        • Additional language support: Basque, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Galician, Hungarian, Indonesian Bahasa, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese Brazilian, Portuguese European, Romanian, Russian, Swedish and Turkish
        • Improved connectivity and productivity with BlackBerry Bridge:
          • Zip attachment support
          • Enhanced support for attachments: save attachments to a removable SD card or your BlackBerry smartphone's internal flash memory
        • Portrait support in Pictures app
        • Pinch to zoom in Video app
      • Includes the following new features:

        • Facebook® application
        • In-app payments
        • Performance enhancements:
          • Charging improvements: charge the PlayBook when fully powered down and notification if using an incorrect charger
          • Language support: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch and UK English
          • Video Chat enhancements: improvements to boost connectivity and reliability when calling a PlayBook on another Wi-Fi network
          • Wi-Fi hotspot detection: makes it easier to get online during the set up process when connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot
          • Headset audio boost: adds an extra level of volume
        • Fix for Adobe® Flash® security advisory
      • Includes the following new features:

        • Video Chat
        • BBM™ over BlackBerry Bridge
        • Document editing through BlackBerry Bridge
        • Home screen browser bookmarks
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    Requires BlackBerry Device Service 6.1.