How to download and install Themes on your BlackBerry

This tutorial will guide you all the way through installing themes – both “over the air” and manually, on your BlackBerry. Note: I have a BlackBerry Pearl 8120, so the screenshots and exact steps in this tutorial are using that model. However, I suspect they are nearly identical for most BlackBerrys.

First you’ll need to find a theme that you like. Two of the best places (or at least my favorites) are and the crackberry themes forum. Once you’ve found a theme you want to install, look for an “OTA” or “Over The Air” link. That’s the easiest way to install a theme. But if there is no OTA link and just a link to download the theme, have no fear, we’ll walk you through that too.

Installing BlackBerry Themes Over The Air
Installing BlackBerry Themes Manually

Instructions for Installing BlackBerry Themes Over The Air

  1. Over the air installations (called OTA) allow you to point your BlackBerry browser to a file, and have it downloaded and installed directly from there. This is the easiest way to install themes and other BlackBerry software.
  2. In this example I’ll be installing the Custom Silver theme using the Over The Air method. Launch your BlackBerry browser and enter the URL Since that’s pretty long, and a lot to type, I’ve created a “shortened” version for you, which is They both take you to the same place (file).
  3. You’ll be prompted to download a file (com_plazmic_theme_Silver.jad). Click the Download button.
  4. Themes are generally not very large files, so the download won’t take very long.
  5. Once the download has completed, the installation should begin manually. If it doesn’t, click the Install button. Once it has successfully completed, click OK.
  6. Navigate to your Themes section (if you need help changing themes, see this tutorial) and select your newly installed theme.
  7. And now your newly installed theme is up and running, ready to go :)

Instructions for Installing BlackBerry Themes Manually

  1. Manually installing BlackBerry themes is a bit more involved than Over The Air installations. Generally these themes come in the form of a zip file, and you’ll need to download it to your PC. For this example I’m going to use a Vista BlackBerry Theme. Once downloaded, extract the zip file to somewhere on your hard drive that you’ll remember. I have a specific folder for BlackBerry themes, but anywhere will do.

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  3. Now launch your BlackBerry Desktop Manager (and make sure your BlackBerry is connected to your PC). From the Main Menu select Application Loader
  4. From the Add / Remove Applications section, click the Start button.
  5. Click the Browse… button below the Device application selection list.

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  6. Navigate to the folder you stored your theme file in, select it, and click Open.

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  8. The BlackBerry Desktop Manager will now run a check on that file…

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  10. and now it will be listed in the Device application selection list. Make sure that the check-box is checked, and that Install is the Action. Click the Next button.

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  12. You’ll be presented with a Summary screen that will list your new theme as the ‘software’ to install on your BlackBerry. Click Finish.

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  14. First the theme will load…

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  16. and then the BlackBerry Desktop Manager will make the connection to your device, and install the theme.

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  18. At this point you should have a successful update. You can return to the main menu and/or disconnect your BlackBerry.

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  20. Navigate to the Themes section of your BlackBerry Options ((if you need help changing themes, see this tutorial) and select your newly installed theme.
  21. Exit out of the Theme Options, and your new theme will be up and running. That’s it!
{ 84 comments… add one }
  • billy July 24, 2009, 9:29 pm

    i download the theme and installs succesfully but i dont see it on my themes list :S

  • pullareddy July 28, 2009, 10:52 pm

    If the new themes are not listed, which happens with sometimes but mostly with other Blackberry series, you can still get the theme to work. This step is ONLY if your theme is not listed. From your Homescreen go to Options then Advanced Options then Applications. This will give you a list of all applications you have installed on your Blackberry. Find the file name of the theme(s) you just installed. Click on it with your trackball and click Edit Permissions. One of the three permissions should say Custom. Click on it and change it to Allow. Save your settings and go back to the Homescreen. Turn off your battery and do a hard reset by removing the battery for at least 3 seconds.

  • DEN July 29, 2009, 7:44 am

    Hi, very good info on your site.
    I have an old BB Pearl 8000 and wish to copy a theme to my new BB Pearl 8110. How can I do this? I can’t seem to find how to download a theme from my old BB using my desktop manager. My new Pearl came with a painful all white theme..

    Many thanks

  • Dominique August 7, 2009, 8:02 pm


    thanks for the info. However my bb says that 3rd part appls are not allowed to install by IT policy. Any other maual method to install the theme?
    thanks alot

  • Annastacia September 17, 2009, 6:08 am

    Still can not..
    is it take a long time??

  • TAY October 7, 2009, 8:11 am


  • Lau October 21, 2009, 5:07 pm

    aiuto… ho un black berry 8120 e sono stufa di avere quegli stupidi temi.. vorrei scaricarli con internet dal mac e poi tramite il cavo inserirli nel telefono… ma come si fa :( uffaaaaa

  • Campbell November 1, 2009, 12:06 pm

    J’ai un petit problème , je n’arrive pas à installer correctement un lots de themes que je viens de telecharger sur mon BB 8520 , j’ai tout essayer; telecharger directement avec mon telephone, mettre les themes via le PC, rien n’y fais . Je suis aller dans multimedia , j’ai fais explorer, carte media et j’ai retrouver le fichiers de themes mais lorsque je clique dessus on me dit impossible d’afficher le fichier/carte medai card/ c’est surement dut à un problème de decompression, j’ai essayer rienavez WinZip mais rien ne change . quelqu’un pourrais t’il m’aidée , merci d’avance

  • rich November 4, 2009, 10:15 am

    I was having the same problem as billy…i did what u said however, and the themes still dont appear in the themes list…is there anything else i can do?

  • ms345 November 20, 2009, 9:42 am

    have a similar Problem…my IT policy does not allow the OTA installation and the desktop software loader as well denies due to missing policy…so how do i get the theme on my device? When I connect it via USB I can see only the document, music and picture files…and a hidden “system” folder that contains 1 file only. Strange. So what can I do?

  • Hec November 22, 2009, 10:28 am

    @pullareddy I still have the same issue. Did u guys figure out how to get the themes under the theme list?

  • Kristin November 26, 2009, 10:38 am

    Tusen takk for hjelpen :) Endelig klarte jeg det!! :)

  • diego November 29, 2009, 10:53 pm

    si en mi menu no sale vista q debo hacer

  • Karla December 26, 2009, 10:29 am

    THANK YOU !!!! THANK YOU FOR THIS SITE!! I just got a new Blackberry Bold 9700 and have been looking for helping with themes for the last two days! I used your instructions for OTA and you explained everything perfectly and I was able to get my theme after two days of trying so many different things!!! Thank you so much

  • adee December 28, 2009, 1:28 pm

    the themes still dont appear on the themes list what can i do?

  • Jestellynn December 29, 2009, 8:22 am

    How do I change the action from None to Install on the BlackBerry Desktop Manager ?

  • Vaibhav January 1, 2010, 9:07 am

    hey friend…evn m havin d sam problm
    i hav successfuly installd the compatible themes through desktop manager
    bt i cannot find it in d themes list in options..i am using BB storm-9530
    i wud b grateful if u help me out

  • Hanna January 5, 2010, 2:11 am

    I have the Pearl 8120 and am trying to upload *.alx files and when i go pick it from the list on the computer i get the following error message:
    “No additional applications designed for your device were found.”
    Is there anything i can do to load the themes? Thanks

  • Leanne January 5, 2010, 7:58 am

    Hi, ive got the same problem with my downloaded themes not showing on my themes list, i have switched it from custom to allow in advanced option, let it reset but it still doesne show up the themes in my themes list.

    Please has anyone any ideas, im getting frustrated

  • Lynn January 5, 2010, 10:32 am

    Im having the same problems as Leanne…anything else I can try?? Its in my applications but not in my

  • China January 6, 2010, 1:36 am

    Awsome. This was very helpful. Downloaded a theme via zip.

  • Hanna January 6, 2010, 1:52 am

    Tried again today…. doing exactly the same way as yesterday and today it worked! Thanks!

  • Charlotte January 6, 2010, 11:04 pm

    Hey i just downloaded this theme like you said, but like the others it hasn’t appeared on my list, after that i did as pullareddy said to do but it still hasn’t worked, is there anything else i can do?

  • Leanne January 11, 2010, 11:40 am

    Still having problems, ive tried everything ppl ahve suggested except for the desktop manager way as i ahve lost my cd and have not loaded it onto my laptop.

    really at the end of my teather, i knew i should of swaped my blackberry for a nokia when i had the chance

  • Mattia January 15, 2010, 1:32 pm

    Ciao, ma è giusto che dopo che selezioni il file del tema dal Caricatore Di Programmi, lui faccia il Controllo degli aggiornamenti disponibile per il cell anche per 10/15 minuti??

  • patrice January 19, 2010, 7:27 am

    I tried all that pullaredy said but the themes still don’t appear on my themes list and I can’t use them

  • rhys January 25, 2010, 7:08 pm

    ya dude thx for the help but how do u get the url for other 1s

  • rhys January 25, 2010, 7:10 pm

    ya and i cant see th theme i have a blackberry curve 8310

  • Laura February 1, 2010, 2:16 pm

    Hoe maak je van een .cod bestand een .alx?

  • Ratha February 11, 2010, 9:00 am

    Hey guys, i also got the same problem, i cant find themes in the list. Anyone figure it out yet? Please help !!!!!!!!

  • nikki February 12, 2010, 9:25 pm

    hey this has helped so much.. but im having a problem i downloaded my themes off of but when i go and plug my phone in to usb cord the themes i downloaded disapare from when the file i saved all of them in to.. i even saved them on to my desktop so i knew that i really did save them and they still will on show up when i browse for them on the blackberry desktop application manger i dont know how to get them to show up to upload on to my phone… what do i do?

  • jonc9955 February 19, 2010, 10:56 am

    Thanks pullareddy. This worked perfectly.

  • Opal February 20, 2010, 10:41 am

    Thanks a lot but my theme doesn’t show in the theme list T_T
    …….what should I do now?? I’m totally stuck =.=

  • breuil March 14, 2010, 12:44 pm

    moi jai essayer de suivre ton conseil pour installer le logiciel iberry pour blackberry ou encore meme le thème indiquer sur ta page et il est sur mon telephone mais quand je clik sur telecharger il me marque “echec installation”
    donc je voulais savoir si tu savais comment faiire pour regler ce problème .


  • vittur95 March 19, 2010, 12:55 pm

    nn esce il tema nella lista cosa posso fare e ho seguito pure quel consiglio ma nn fa losresso

  • gogaz March 28, 2010, 4:34 pm

    Il est dit dans ce tuto “une fois le fichier zip téléchargé”, mais j’aimerais bien savoir où il a été trouvé ce fichier theme en .zip parceque personnellement je trouve que et uniquement des .jad…

    Merci d’avance


  • Guest March 29, 2010, 6:43 pm

    Thanks for the Silver theme and instructions for it!
    It helped. But i was wondering if you have any more themes like that?
    Cause i can’t seem to get any other themes.

  • Aya March 31, 2010, 8:24 am

    hiii there
    thanks for ur help
    i have a problem, i have a blackberry storm 9530
    i cant install the .jad or .jar files and i dont want to use OTA to install them
    is there any way can i install such file types using my desktop

    thanks in advance

  • massaeus johnny April 4, 2010, 9:37 pm

    j’ai bb 8120 j’aimerais installer des logiciels de mises a jour j’y parvient pas
    est ce ke vous pouvez m’aider a retrouver un site ou m’envoyer des infos sur mon mail. merci

  • kucipix April 8, 2010, 10:03 am

    thank you so so much for helping me! haha. i’m a beginner in using blackberry and i was wondering how on earth to download themes via internet. i encountered problems setting the themes up as little did i know that blackberry is totally different than the other phones i’ve used(nokia and sony). i’m lucky enough i found your web page. thanks a lot! haha.

  • Sal April 8, 2010, 10:51 pm

    только что скачал тему для Blackeberry 8310. файл jad. 1.53 kb. Пробую установить через Менеджер. Ничего не получается, Помогите,,,

  • Bhupesh April 29, 2010, 7:28 am


  • Antoine May 2, 2010, 4:29 am

    Sa marche pas :(. Sa marque JAR introuvable
    Pouvez -vous m’aider s’il vous plait

  • TokzanTee June 14, 2010, 6:17 am

    @pullareddy i followed ur instructions but when i switched on my fone and my theme wasnt chnged, but its blinking….

  • Cam June 20, 2010, 1:17 pm

    Bonjour ! J’ai suivis les indications a la lettre mais cela ne marche toujours pas .. Meme en ayant autorisé dans les options avancées les 3 autorisations.
    Une idée ?! Merci d’avance

  • CharlieRAWR ! June 21, 2010, 11:50 am

    I Like my blackberry curve 8300 theme but i would like the new theme, but unfortunately the theme wont show on my list. please help !

  • alexia June 23, 2010, 9:16 am

    voila j’ai trouver avec votre théme mais je ne trouve pas l’adresse http que vous utiliser pour mettre le théme car j’ai trouver mon théme mais je ne trouve pa l’adresse :/ j’espere que j’etais assez explisite ^^
    merci d’avance :)

  • Anoymous June 26, 2010, 8:24 pm

    i cant install .jad theme base file using OTA…. when wanna install it keep says download fail.. invalid cod file bla bla bla. can anyone help me?

  • Soenks July 6, 2010, 3:45 pm

    Bonjour, merci pour toutes les informations et la technique du hard reset.

  • Anoymous July 7, 2010, 1:11 am

    sorry i dont understand.. you mean i must do a hard reset?

  • mariano July 25, 2010, 4:05 am

    tengo la bb 8520 de movistar, bajo los temas de las dos formas ota , y con el desktop manager y sigue sin aparecer en mi lista …es como si estuviese bloqueada la opcion por el operador de movil…. que puedo hacer???

  • Heather July 28, 2010, 3:31 am

    Thank you so much! This post was very useful and helped me so much.

  • muazzam August 14, 2010, 1:45 pm

    hi, i am a new ”blackberry pearl 8120” user. I downloaded a theme and it was installing, after installation it said the themes is successfully installed. But when i go to options>themes i cant find it. There are only the preloaded themes. What should i do?

  • a7xgirl August 19, 2010, 10:47 pm

    I had the same issue with my theme once, i had downloaded it and it wouldnt show up in my themes. Make sure the theme you are trying to download is for your exact model and operating system 4.0, 4.6, 5.0 etc. I had chosen the wrong one and thats why it wouldnt show up in my themes. Hope this helps!!!

  • kleiber August 20, 2010, 9:56 am

    buenos dias compañeros como hago para descargar e intalar temas desde mi blackbery tengo un 8120 y en realidad no se espero que me puedan ayudar

  • dina August 22, 2010, 6:29 pm

    What about the mac version of the desktop manager?

  • JESSICAF September 13, 2010, 12:42 am

    I keep getting an error message

  • JJ October 1, 2010, 6:05 am

    OMG THANKS SOOOOOO MUCH!!!! That Silver theme is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D

  • HOMMS October 28, 2010, 6:23 am


  • Samma November 17, 2010, 3:42 am

    I just got my blackberry and that was really helpfull for me.

  • Ely November 22, 2010, 12:19 pm

    ive tryed downloading 3 diffrent themes on my blackberry 8900 and they worked but they arnt going into my themes section on settings…………………… so i cant activate them ………………………. i can see them on my application list though ?? please helllp !!

  • Altidor Davidson December 1, 2010, 1:08 pm

    slt!mon probleme a moi c’est que je n’arrive pas a installer ce theme sur mon blackberry curce 8320 quelqu’un peut m’aider please

  • jenny December 26, 2010, 2:16 am

    Hey everyone

  • stefan January 14, 2011, 2:05 pm

    Download is working but I can’t find the theme in the themes menu

  • Hetal February 23, 2011, 6:50 am

    Help Please. I have downloaded a OTA theme. the file extension was .jad and when i did the manual installation it gave an error for the file extension. Please help for the file extension for manual installation. i will be very much thankful to you.

  • jason March 19, 2011, 12:18 pm

    lukt voor geen meter al 4 X geprobeerd

  • charly March 21, 2011, 6:50 pm

    lukt niet. het gaat mis bij stap 5. als ik het zip bestand heb uitgepakt word het een map met allemaal losse bestandjes erin. wanneer ik op browse klik en naar die map ga, staat er niets in die map om aan te klikken? hulp aub

  • Andrea March 29, 2011, 1:28 pm

    Thanks It’s very clear and useful…

  • nitin May 11, 2011, 10:30 am

    i instald the theme in my mobile but it dont show in my phone in option>theme.
    please let me know wat should i do. i restrt also my bb.please help m

  • misteory May 18, 2011, 7:27 am

    thanx this realy helped my app world doesnt want to work maby u can help me with that

  • Vivek June 20, 2011, 3:44 pm

    On Which Web Site I Get Blackberry Storm Thems

  • francis July 9, 2011, 12:16 pm

    were can i have black berry themes for

  • sirajul islam September 4, 2011, 1:50 pm

    how 2 download vista themes.

  • Charlene September 11, 2011, 9:39 am

    This bb activating theme system is nt easy 2 do y don’t u guys jst activate it autometically

  • océane October 3, 2011, 2:11 pm

    bonjour moi j ai le blackberry curve 8520 et je n est pas d’internet comment faire

  • kevin January 3, 2012, 3:34 am

    Baje el tema y no me aparece en mi blackberry ¿Que hago?

  • george seed January 20, 2012, 8:32 am

    love blackberry 8120

  • mae June 11, 2012, 10:15 am

    Thank you. I followed your instructions and hola! my BB has a new theme. Thanks

  • xtine October 18, 2013, 3:24 am




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