Ever find yourself needing to recover emails, contacts, texts, or other data stored in your BlackBerry's IPD backup file?
Here's a short guide on how to extract the information stored in IPD backup files by BlackBerry Desktop Manager, using the BlackBerry Backup Extractor in four simple steps.
Download free BlackBerry Backup Extractor
First, download the free version of Reincubate's BlackBerry Backup Extractor.
Run BlackBerry Backup Extractor
Next, open the zip file you downloaded, and run the "BlackBerryBackupExtractor.exe" file contained inside it.
Open your IPD backup file
Click the "Open backup..." button to load your IPD backup file into the software. You'll see that the BlackBerry Backup Extractor automatically knows where to look for your files, so you should see your IPD files presented straightaway.
Your computer doesn't need to have a copy of BlackBerry Desktop Manager to use the BlackBerry Backup Extractor: it is possible to open an IPD file from a Flash drive, email download, or even another computer.
Choose where to extract your data
Once the backup has been opened, you'll see the extractor reports on how much of the backup it has read, and how many databases of information it has found.
Now, let's take a look at the data you've recovered. You will see something like this:
See how it managed to extract all of the data in less than a second? You should see the following types of extracted file available:
Sent and received emails, and saved email drafts
Your BlackBerry's emails will be extracted in
.eml format, which can be easily read by Microsoft Outlook and a number of other email clients. Note that the BlackBerry Desktop Manager will rarely save email attachments in its IPD backups. This means the extractor will rarely recover them.
Contacts and address book
The contacts and address book in the BlackBerry IPD file are extracted in a variety of formats: simple CSV for easy use, and as a big VCF file for import into a variety of webmail platforms. In addition, each individual contact is exported to a VCF file for easy import into Microsoft Outlook or the Windows Address Book.
Phone call history
The backup's phone call history will be exported into an easy to read CSV file.
SMS and text messages
SMS and text messages from the BlackBerry backup file will be saved into a nice, simple CSV file.
All calendar appointments included in the IPD file will be exported into a simple CSV, and also into an ICS/ICal file for easy import into your email or calendar client.
Tasks and memos (notes)
The tasks and memos (notes) are extracted into CSV files, and tasks are also extracted into a handy ICS/ICal format for import into most email or calendar software.
Other data from the BlackBerry backup
All other parts of data stored in the BlackBerry backup will be extracted into a neat "other" folder.
In the example backup used here, this recovered the following data entries:
- Address Book - Last Used Hints
- AP Mobile News Settings
- Application Permissions
- Attachment Data
- Attachment Options
- BlackBerry Messenger
- Bluetooth Options
- Browser Bookmarks
- Browser Data Cache
- Browser Folders
- Browser Options
- Browser Push Options
- Browser Urls
- Calendar Options
- Camera Options
- Certificate Summary Data
- Clock Options
- Code Module Group Properties
- Configuration Channel
- Default Service Selector
- Email Filters - All
- Email Settings - All
- Firewall Options
- Handheld Agent
- Handheld Key Store
- Mailbox Icon Management Options
- Map Locations
- Map Settings
- Message List Options
- Messenger Options (GoogleTalk)
- Messenger Options (WLM)
- Phone History
- Phone Options
- Purged Messages
- Quick Contacts
- Random Pool
- Recipient Cache
- RMS Databases
- Secure Email Decision Maker
- Service Book
- Theme Settings
- Time Zones
- Trusted Key Store
- VideoRecorder Options
- WLAN Profiles
Good luck recovering your data: please reach out to us if you need support.
Can BlackBerry Backup Extractor open Playbook IPD files?
Yes, it can. The PlayBook stores backups in standard IPD files using the same BlackBerry Desktop Software as with other BlackBerry devices. BlackBerry PlayBook support is included in BlackBerry Desktop Software 6.1 onwards, so make sure you download the latest version before you sync your PlayBook.
Once your BlackBerry PlayBook has been synced and an IPD has been created, BlackBerry Backup Extractor will work as it does for all BlackBerry devices and their backups.
BlackBerry Backup Extractor: preview your backups
How to preview and extract data with the BlackBerry Backup Extractor v 1.0.3
BlackBerry Backup Extractor has just been updated and includes some great new features. This includes the new preview function which allows you to see what is in your BlackBerry backup: check how many contacts, SMS messages, BBM messages, emails, photos, videos and much more! You can choose to extract individual content from the backup using the quick-links or extract all your backup data at once, it's your choice!
Extract contacts, SMS, BBM messages, emails, or all data at once!
The new BlackBerry Backup Extractor features have been added to help people see what is in their backup and access their data with greater speed and efficiency. Once opening the desired backup you are now presented with categories of the major data types, with an inventory of each. You can use the quick links to extract a specific set of data, like your contacts or memos or simply decide to extract everything.
The main data categories shown in the Blackberry backup preview are:
- SMS messages
- BBM messages
- app data
- storage files (things like backups of your BBM chats)
When extracting the entire backup, the BlackBerry Backup Extractor will recover and convert available data. This with include everything in the preview and other lesser databases and config files which may be available.
How to use the new BlackBerry Backup Extractor version 1.0.3
We added links for extraction to individual databases, which means you can extract your contacts, or photos, or any other category of data, or you can press "Extract all" to extract all the data to your folder of choice.
Download the BlackBerry Backup Extractor and open your BlackBerry backup
Choose what type of data you wish to extract (for example, Emails)
Choose the output folder, press "Extract" and recover your emails: these will be saved to your Desktop as .eml files
Once the data is saved to your computer, you can view it and import to another device. Learn more about:
- Importing emails into Outlook
- Importing calendar files into Gmail
- Import your CSV contacts from the Blackberry into Outlook
- Importing vCards into Gmail
Are BlackBerry PlayBook Apps backed up via BlackBerry Desktop Software?
BlackBerry Desktop Software Manager backs up PlayBook data and creates a BBB file. The bbb file is a zip archive, and it contains not only PlayBook app data, but also application binaries. The apps specifically are not stored in the BBB or IPD files.
The apps will be in your BlackBerry AppWorld for you to reinstall, or just use BlackBerry AppLoader to restore them.
If you want to backup your PlayBook apps then 3rd party apps is a choice in BBDM. You generally use the Apploader to restore your apps. The Desktop Manager and/or the AppLoader specifically can save the apps. Application data database will contain all downloaded BlackBerry PlayBook applications if you back it up or restore. If this database is not backed up the applications downloaded to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet can still be retrieved from BlackBerry AppWorld.
Where are the PlayBook apps stored?
The apps as
.alx files in:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Research In Motion\Shared\Applications\MediaSyncMobile
How to backup your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet?
Well, we are talking here about where are the apps stored, whether BBDM saves the apps when performing a backup but what if you are new to Playbook world or maybe you just need a few quick tips on how to perform a backup of your PlayBook tablet? If this is the case or you simply need a short reminder, here is a guide on how to back up your PlayBook.
BlackBerry Backup Extractor software can read PlayBook IPD or BBB backups
If you're just searching to extract only specific data from your PlayBook backup or maybe your PlayBook backup got corrupted and you really need to recover precious data or BlackBerry Desktop Software simply doesn't want to restore your PlayBook from backup, then BlackBerry Backup Extractor should help you out.
How to encrypt and decrypt BlackBerry backups
Encryption protects data from being accessed by third parties so if you have important information to be backed up you might want to encrypt it.
Encryption of Blackberry backup data is becoming more and more popular but do keep in mind your password when you decide to encrypt your backup. You put your data into an iron safe, so if you don't know your special code password you won't be able to open it and your data won't be anymore accessible for you.
How to encrypt backup data with BlackBerry Desktop Manager
- Connect your BlackBerry Device to PC and Open Desktop Manager
- Under BBDM, click "Device"
- Select backup type - You can select then "Full backup", "Quick backup" (your email messages are not backed up) or "Custom backup" (you are able to select the specific data to back up)
- Back up your device memory data - If you have data on your device memory and you want that to be backed up, select "Files saved on my built-in media storage" check box
- Encrypting backup - To protect your backup by adding encryption you just select "Encrypt backup file" and type a password, maybe note down that password or just try to remember it as you will need it to access back your backup.
- Finish by clicking "Back up"
You can use your backup to restore your Blackberry device whenever something goes wrong.
BlackBerry Backup Extractor decrypts encrypted Blackberry backups
If you have difficulties in restoring your encrypted backup and BBDM doesn't recognize your backup or tells you that's being corrupt and it doesn't give you the option of entering your password or other cases when you simply can't restore from your encrypted backup, our latest version of BlackBerry Backup Extractor can be of help decrypting your BlackBerry backup (you must know your password) and accessing your data. You can extract the encoded data to your PC then just upload it to your phone or just use it as appropriate.
How to read BlackBerry Desktop 7's new "BBB" backup files
We've been so busy with the new PlayBook OS 2.0 that we neglected the fact that RIM has officially released the update for Blackberry Desktop Software for PC. Blackberry fans, you can now upgrade to the latest version and enjoy the functionality of the application. Be prepared as you'll see improved syncing capabilities.
BlackBerry Backup Extractor works with BlackBerry Desktop Software 7
The BlackBerry backups created with the new release are still compatible with our Blackberry Backup Extractor software, so if you need to extract the files to your PC you can still count on it.
BlackBerry Desktop Software v7.0 B44 - released... then rolled back!
With the release Desktop Software v7.0 B44 (14th Feb 2012) and Desktop Software v2.3 for Mac (21st Feb 2012), current and future version of BlackBerry Desktop Software are seemly going to be using a unified
.BBB v2 format to back up data from their BlackBerry devices. However, there still appears to be an issue when syncing your BlackBerry smartphone with the new PC Desktop Software version. We have heard many reports that when syncing your BlackBerry with BBDM 7 on Windows the process just hangs or never completes. Because of these reports RIM’s have seemly rolled back to Desktop Software v6.1. But as some of you out there are still using Desktop Software v7.0 and reporting issues we thought we would create this guide.
Why has BlackBerry changed the
.IPD backup file format to
Historically, BlackBerry Desktop Software (Manager) has saved BlackBerry Backup files in
.IPD for Window / PC, with
.BBB for Apple Mac. With the
.IPD extension having been part of the BlackBerry Back and Desktop Manager’s backup genetics since we can remember. Recently, we have had many BlackBerry owners asking us why they now see
.BBB files and instead of an
.IPD extension when viewing or searching for their Desktop Software backups. BlackBerry hasn't given an official explanation this is a little confusing, especially as Mac users were already using a
.BBB backup format.
Well, the short explanation of what has changed is that the Mac
.BBB file were only a compressed version of the same
.IPD file the Windows users were using and simple using a
.BBB extension. The .IPD format stands for "Inter@ctive Pager Backup", so this is possible now deemed an archaic description by RIM and the Mac
.BBB (BlackBerry Backup file) extension preferred for both Windows and OS X operating systems. The new
.BBB v2 format also has other differences and now contains a compressed set of
.DAT files. Each
.DAT file contains a relevant subset of data like contacts or calendar, so different in comparison to the single
.IPD and compressed
.BBB files that proceeded it.
How can you read a new
.BBB v2 backup?
The BlackBerry Desktop Software 7 creates these
.BBB v2 files, and therefore it can give access to and restore these files as designed. If anything goes wrong with the backup creation or you lose, change or upgrade your BlackBerry so the backup can’t be accessed the BlackBerry Backup Extractor can help. The current version of BlackBerry Backup Extractor can read all BlackBerry backup types new, old, Windows or Mac OS X. This includes the previous
.IPD and Mac
.BBB backup file formats as well as the new
.BBB v2 backup format.
If you are new to BlackBerry and how backups are created, or have recently noticed that the newly released Blackberry Desktop Software 7 is now saving your backups with
.BBB extensions, this is the article for you. For those of you used to BlackBerry's original
.IPD backup format it might seem slightly confusing to change the extension after all this time. However, it has changed on a PC at least and to
.BBB v2 format, but hang on isn't that the format the Blackberry Desktop Software for Mac uses? Well yes and no, but going forward BlackBerry will be using the
.BBB v2 format as the universal extension for both Mac OS X and Windows. If you want to know more about the
.BBB file changes we have more information in our BBB Extension Guide.
If that sounds too confusing you will be glad to know that BlackBerry Backup Extractor can extract all types of BlackBerry backups. Whether
.BBB, Mac OS X or Windows our application will do the work quickly and easily for you. Below is a short guide on how to extract the data from a BBB backup file using BlackBerry Backup Extractor.
1. Download and run BlackBerry Backup Extractor
2. Open your IPD or BBB backup file
Click the "Open backup..." button and select your backup to be loaded by our software. You should see your IPD or BBB files with ease. You don't need to have access at the BlackBerry Desktop Software or BlackBerry device while doing all these.
3. Extract all data stored in the BBB and IPD backup files
Select a location to extract the backup data and files into and that's it! Backup data such as Contacts, Emails, Memos, Calendar Events, Media files (phone storage only), SMS MMS message and BBM Conversations should be recovered and placed in this folder where applicable.
The "Other" folder contains lots of other useful data.
Where to find the extracted contents of .BBB and .IPD backup files
If you have set your BlackBerry Desktop Software to save the data types mentioned above and have this data available, you will find it in the following locations inside BlackBerry Backup Extractor's default extraction folder.
BlackBerry Messenger conversation and backup files
\Content Store\home\user\im\BlackBerry Messenger\322E5CD6\backup\
Photos, Picture and Music from phone
App Data and Files