Find and update the software version on your BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2015

Just like your computer, your phone's software needs to be updated periodically to make sure you have all the latest fixes and enhancements to keep it running at optimal performance. Follow the steps below to check your current version and perform any needed updates.

Version History

Current Version:


Date released

Description of enhancements/fixes 11/28/11

The following known issues have been fixed with this update:

- Visual Voicemail issues (Visual Voicemail sent while roaming; no Visual Voicemail indicator displayed)
Bundle: 2426
4/26/2011 This update:
- Enhances visual voicemail new message notification
- Fixes visual voicemail 9016 text message issue
- Fixes text messages deleting from view of a long chain of messages
- Offers BlackBerry Balance, dual persona managed by the BES administrator 12/29/2010 This update improves call quality and upgrades the phone's operating software (OS) to version 6.0
Build: 1516


Initial Release

Check the version on your phone

To find the software version on your BlackBerry Curve™ 3G smartphone:

  1. From the Main menu, scroll to and select the Options (wrench) icon
  2. Select About
  3. The software version will be listed in the third line down and will be in the format of X.X.X.XXX

Update your software

To update your Curve 3G over the air:

  1. Press the Menu button
  2. Select Open Tray
  3. Select Options
  4. Choose Device > Software Updates
  5. Your phone will check for and download the latest software updates

Warning: You will be unable to use your BlackBerry smartphone or make emergency calls for up to 2 hours during the installation process.

To update your BlackBerry Curve 3G through your computer:

  1. Go to our Curve 3G download site to get the download file
  2. Find the software version you need and click More Details
  3. Scroll to the bottom and select Download
  4. A pop-up box will ask you to either Run or Save the download; choose Save and save to your computer desktop
  5. Once the download is saved, double-click the file that was saved to your desktop and when the dialog box appears, click Run
  6. Select the appropriate language and click OK
  7. Click Next and select the appropriate Country or Region
  8. Click Next and select I accept the terms in the license agreement
  9. Click Next and the installation process will begin
  10. Click Finish
  11. Open the BlackBerry Desktop Manager by going to Start > Programs > BlackBerry > Desktop Manager
  12. Once the Desktop Manager is open, connect your BlackBerry Curve 3G to your computer using the USB cable and make sure the Desktop Manager shows Connected in the top left
  13. If the Application Updates Available window appears, click Update Now and select the check box for BlackBerry Device Software 5.0
  14. Click Next
  15. On the Device Backup screen, choose whether to automatically back up the data on your BlackBerry Curve 3G or to Not back up the data
    • Note: It is recommended that you back up your data before proceeding
  16. Click Next
  17. Click Finish to begin loading the BlackBerry Desktop Software to your Curve 3G
    • Important Note: Do not unplug the phone while the update is loading
  18. Click Close when the software is finished loading

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