How to open BBB files
BBB files are the newer format of Blackberry backup files which are created by the Blackberry Desktop Manager software. The previous generation of backup files bore the IPD file extension, which was eventually transitioned out with the newer generation devices and the latest desktop manager software. The BBB files are basically a composition of multiple DAT files with a mapping dictionary that indexes the files to the content they contain. Without getting into too much of nitty-gritty details, let us see how you can open BBB files on your computer.
First of all, you need to make sure that you actually have a BBB file present that you wish to open. Also, the BBB file need not be created by the BBLink software for a BB10 device as those are encrypted and the process to open them up is yet to be found. Here, we will be taking a look to open BBB files which are created by the Blackberry Desktop Manager software (and not BBLink). Once you are able to locate the BBB file (on your computer) that you wish to open, follow the simple steps below to open and extract data from within.
Open BBB files using Blackberry Extractor
Blackberry Extractor is a software application that will let you select and open BBB or IPD blackberry backup files on your computer. It is built for both PC and Mac so you can install and run it on either of the systems that you have. The software will let you open BBB files and export blackberry contacts, text messages, memos, tasks and call history in the following formats:-
- Contacts – vCard and CSV
- SMS – plain text, CSV and HTML containing the date, contact number, status and text message content.
- Call History – plain text, CSV and HTML mentioning the date, contact number, status (Dialed, Answered, Unanswered, Missed etc) and call duration
- Memos – plain text, CSV and HTML showing the subject and notes of the memo
- Tasks – plain text, CSV and HTML showing the task name, priority, status, notes, reminder and due date
Download Blackberry Extractor
The free version of Blackberry Extractor can be downloaded from its website, or by clicking one of the links below:-
Installing Blackberry Extractor is easy and takes a minute. Foremost, unzip the downloaded installer file.
- On a Mac, drag the Blackberry Extractor icon across to Applications folder
- On Windows, double click on the installer and follow the onscreen instructions to install the software
Running the software
Now that you have the software installed, open it by clicking on its icon (inside Applications in Mac and under Start -> All Programs -> MyPhoneData -> Blackberry Extractor on Windows).
Opening BBB files
Step 1 – Select the BBB file. To do so, click on the Select Backup button. This will open up the file selection dialog. Browse to the BBB file that you have saved on your computer.
Step 2 – Scanning. The software will automatically start scanning the BBB file. Upon completion of the scan, the count of recoverable details i.e. contacts, sms, tasks, memos and call logs will be listed under the Backup Details section.
Step 3 – Selecting output folder. Select a folder on your computer where you wish to extract and recover data from the selected BBB file. Ideally, create a new folder (be it on your desktop, documents or anywhere else that is easily navigable) and then select that. Do so by clicking on the Browse button that shows next to the ‘Recover Data to’ section.
Step 4 – Recovery. Hit the recover button and the software will kick-start the recovery process. Post completion, a message will show up that the data has been recovered and that it can be looked into by visiting the output folder.
The free version of software does limited recovery and for you to completely open BBB files and recover all of the data from within, a software license would be required. With the software license, you get 1 year of unlimited email support, unlimited usage on the computer for which the license was installed and all of the recoverable data. The license can be purchased from the software’s license page.
Below is a video which will walk you through the above mentioned steps to open BBB files.