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How to get back your missing AppWorld on your Blackberry.

Okay, a few months ago, I was prompted by my Crackberry to update my AppWorld to version and so I did. It seemed like a routine update but it all went downhill the moment my Bold 9700 Bold 2 rebooted. The AppWorld icon had disappeared and it was nowhere to be found, not even in the Download folder.

I looked and looked through my phone and finally confirmed that the AppWorld was indeed installed and updated on my phone, however it’s only visible when I do the following steps; Options > Applications > Add-ons. It didn’t matter though because I still couldn’t open AppWorld or download any other application. Even when I tried to download the file directly from native browser, it’s useless. Basically AppWorld was b0rked and with it, so was the ability to install other applications.

Missing AppWorld :(

Then I did what anyone would have done, reinstalling AppWorld. I think I did it for like 6 times, all futile attempts. AppWorld refused to be saved. I searched the forums and realised that many people have also been experiencing similar predicaments and the problem does not limit to Bold 9700 only. Other models like Curve and Storms are also facing the same issues. Then someone mentioned that doing a security wipe to the phone and reinstalling would “probably” help but it seemed such a chore to backup and reinstalling.

So I lived with the problem for a couple more months hoping that RIM would come up with a more convenient solution. I don’t know if they ever did.

In the meantime, I kept trying to update my phone’s firmware but the damn Blackberry Deskstop Manager was giving me problems as well. Everytime I want to update my phone, this message would pop out, “Blackberry Application Loader needs to be updated before you can continue. Do you want to want to update it now?“.

When I click Yes, it would take about an hour to download more than 17MB of file (that’s probably my ISP’s fault) then this message would pop up,”Existing BB software has been detected, on you computer and must be closed before proceeding. Disconnect your device and click OK to close these applications. Otherwise click cancel to stop the installation.

So I’d disconnect my Crackberry and then click OK, but then the Blackberry Desktop Manager would opened again and the whole damn cycle repeated itself! So I didn’t update my phone for a while due to this. After several attempts, I gave up updating my phone’s firmware.

You probably think that by now, I should just do that damn security wipe but I don’t know why I held on.

Today, I tried reinstalling AppWorld again but the icon refused to appear, as expected. So next, I tried to update my phone’s firmware and went through the same “Blackberry Application Loader needs to be updated blablabbla” thing again. However I did something differently this time.

Instead of disconnecting my phone and click OK, I disconnected my phone first and manually closed Blackberry Deskstop Manager which was running in the background. Then only I clicked OK. And voila, almost instantaneously, the Application Loader installed and updated normally. And then I connected my phone to my PC again, opened Blackberry Desktop Manager to update my phone’s firmware and it did so without a glitch (although it did take about 2 hours to finish updating).

And then, guess what…my AppWorld icon came back and it’s working like normal! Like nothing ever happened!

Yay! It’s back!

I don’t know if my scenario is exclusive to everybody out there who’s got a vanished AppWorld, but it’s worth a try to update your phone’s firmware to get it back.

By the way, my Bold 9700’s latest firmware is Good luck!

p/s: And uhmmm, please do this at your own risk. I’m not responsible for you bricking your phone following my instructions!

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22 Responses to How to get back your missing AppWorld on your Blackberry.

  1. sotong August 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    FML… my firmware still stuck at… :(

    • Kimberlycun August 2, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

      sotong: can u update it with BB deskstop manager? r u having the same problem with it like i did? if yes, just follow the instructions, maybe will work for you.

  2. sotong August 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    but mine is tour not bold leh… >.< fml…….

    • Kimberlycun August 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

      sotong: bb deskstop manager nothing to do with the phone models mah.

  3. Justin Koh August 2, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    I had the same problem last time…Turns out I accidentally hide the App World icon…

    • Kimberlycun August 3, 2010 at 2:24 am #

      justin: haha yeah i thought i accidentally hid it too but it wasn’t the case :( seemed like if you updated appworld with a phone with older firmware it’d disappear and on top of that BB Desktop Manager also stopped working properly…either coincidentally or caused by the phone.

  4. jaywin August 6, 2010 at 3:02 am #

    just pull the battery out while its on. then switch it back on

  5. Kimberlycun August 6, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    jaywin: while what’s on? while the phone is on or while it’s connected to BBDM?

  6. jaywin August 6, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    while the phone is on. the only downside is you need to wait for it to reboot. which takes a few mins but feel like forever

    • Kimberlycun August 6, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

      jaywin: tried it, phone just rebooted. appworld was still missing.

  7. ALIENSHADZ February 3, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    phone froze took out battery
    and currupted :/
    So i reboot it and lost everything now i dont have app world ?

    Help me out Lost everything down to my lyrics / numbers


  8. Tom July 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm #


    Basically iv had the same problem, lost app world bla bla….

    i have a curve and want to try and do what you did to redeem it… im not the technical type, would you mind explaining in a real simple term what iv got to do… like how i carry out the appropriate acts??

    Really appreciated


  9. victoria attah March 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Pls help me get back my blackberryworldapp.

  10. Kate November 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    Hey guys!

    I recently upgraded my app world to on my blackberry torch 9800 after rebooting my phone as required I noticed my icon had disappeared.

    Since then I have tried numerous things to get my blackberry app world back such as; reboot, battery pull, security wipe, I’ve even tried downloading it over 15 times! but still nothing works…

    My phone still tells me app world is on phone but I can’t find it ANYWHERE! I’ve checked all my files and folders and even checked the hidden files

    If someone could help me out as to how I should approach to getting it back, I would be much appreciated!


  11. cla November 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    This happen to me as well..

  12. ciki December 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    thanks babe.. great tip! I farking wanna kill my BB di this week! hah! :D

  13. Lionel A. Messi December 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    you’re all so funny , hahaha

  14. christopher uberu January 31, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    I can’t find my bb appworld please help me out!

  15. rita February 6, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    I cant find my appworld on my blackberry

  16. TalentedboY February 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    My app world has gone and have try so many times downloading it but ,not functioning

  17. BB Narula October 3, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    Try going on BB Messenger and Go to “Introducing BBM Connected Apps : Click to find out more”. You will be prompted to “You require BlackBerry World for downloading Apps”.

    You will be able to download “Blackberry World” without any difficulty. I did this after struggling for several days. Fantastic

    • maxeycj3b December 15, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

      BB Narula,

      Your a freaking genius!! Thank you so much for that information, your AWESOME!!!!

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