How to Keep the Optimum Free Memory on BlackBerry Without Installing any 3rd Party Apps

Improve BlackBerry Memory

BlackBerry smartphones work on Java operating system and they do not have large on board device memory also called as flash memory to install unlimited 3rd party apps or store huge amount of user data. Though BlackBerry is known for implementing compressed data and securing it with latest algorithms, there are some tradeoffs which include “not having large amount of on board flash memory” as one of them. Having said that, it’s very important that you utilize the available flash memory effectively as per your requirement to get most out of BlackBerry. Let’s see how this can be done.

How to check the free available memory

File Free BlackBerry

Before we proceed, if you want to check how much free memory is available, go to Home Screen > Options > Status > File Free. To get more accurate file free info, do a battery pull and check the file free. What happens is, while restarting BlackBerry, it will reclaim the unused memory (by initiating full garbage collection) and you’ll see more accurate file free info.

Extreme case of least available free memory

To give you the example on how people use BlackBerry inefficiently, I have seen many BlackBerry users with File Free field showing “0” (zero) and complaining about BlackBerry deleting call logs, SMS and emails. i.e. users saving all their pictures and ringtones into device memory (not media card), making available File Free field indicating zero. So in this case, BlackBerry will invoke built in Low Memory Manager application, which deletes those new SMS, call logs and emails for BlackBerry to keep functioning. In fact, this is still a better way for a smartphone to keep going.

This particular problem was prevailing more often on BlackBerry Pearl 81xx which was introduced with less flash memory. Now all newer BlackBerry devices come with more flash memory.

How to maximize free space

It is a good idea to take active measures to maximize the BlackBerry’s available flash memory, and thus, prolong the time before it starts the Low Memory Manager application.

The following are suggestions on how to maximize available flash memory on the BlackBerry.

Use a media card

Media cards are especially useful for BlackBerry users who want to store media files like songs, pictures, videos, voice notes, and ring tones, or who want to store pictures they take with the built-in cameras. Built-in video cameras on BlackBerry require a media card to function.

To make sure the built-in camera is set up to save picture files on the media card, complete the following steps:

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  1. Install the media card in the BlackBerry.
  2. Open the Camera application.
  3. Display the menu and select Options.
  4. Set the Store Pictures field to On Media Card. You can also change the Folder setting to the particular folder in which you want to save pictures.

Check this post on how to insert media card and the supported media card storage capacity for different BlackBerry OS versions.

Remove unnecessary items

Removing features and applications that are underused increases the available flash memory on the BlackBerry.

Use the Setup Wizard application to remove languages that you do not use from the BlackBerry. Removing languages is highly recommended because it is one of the most significant ways to increase available flash memory.

To remove languages from the BlackBerry, complete the following steps.

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  1. On the Home screen, open Setup Wizard.
  2. Select Languages.
  3. Select the language you want to use on the BlackBerry and click Next. The BlackBerry deletes all languages that you do not select.

Remove underused applications.

To remove applications from the BlackBerry, complete the following steps.

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  1. On the Home screen, open Options.
  2. Select Advanced Options.
  3. Select Applications. The BlackBerry takes time to build a comprehensive list of the installed applications.
  4. Highlight the application you want to delete, display the menu and select Delete.

Delete old items

You can delete old and unused items and also adjust settings so that the BlackBerry deletes old items as part of its regular routine maintenance.

Delete Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) messages that are no longer needed. Because MMS messages can contain large media files and cannot be stored on a media card, MMS messages can use a lot of flash memory. If you do not want to delete the media files in an MMS message, open the MMS message and save the media files on the media card before you delete the MMS message.

Change the Keep Messages setting

Change the Keep Messages setting on the BlackBerry to reduce the number of old messages using flash memory.

To change the Keep Messages setting, complete the following steps.

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  1. On the Home screen, open Messages.
  2. Display the menu and select Options.
  3. Select General Options.
  4. Set the Keep Messages field to either 15 Days or 30 Days.

Change the Keep Appointments setting

Change the Keep Appointments setting to reduce the number of old calendar events using flash memory.

To change the Keep Appointments setting, complete the following steps.

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  1. On the Home screen, open Calendar.
  2. Display the menu and select Options.
  3. Select General Options.
  4. Set the Keep Appointments field to either 15 Days or 30 Days.

Clear the browser cache often.

To clear the browser cache, complete the following steps:

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  1. On the Home screen, open Browser.
  2. Display the menu and select Options.
  3. Select Cache Operations.
  4. Select Clear History.
  5. Select Clear for Content Cache.
  6. Select Clear for Pushed Content.
  7. Select Clear for Cookie Cache.

Delete Message Prompt Setting

Set messages to prompt you when deleting an email message on the BlackBerry. The prompt allows you to choose to either delete the message on the BlackBerry only or on the BlackBerry and the messaging server, which deletes the email message on both the BlackBerry and the email application with which it is associated.

To adjust this setting on the BlackBerry, complete the following steps:

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  1. On the Home screen, open Messages.
  2. Display the menu and select Options.
  3. Select Email Reconciliation.
  4. Select Prompt for the Delete On setting. (You can also select Handheld rather than Prompt, which will delete messages on the BlackBerry without a prompt, when you choose to delete messages.)

Tip: How to delete emails in bulk

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If you position the cursor on a date field in the email messages list on the BlackBerry and select Delete Prior, it will only delete the messages on the BlackBerry device only still leaving the emails saved in the email application with which the BlackBerry is associated. This is the options I use all the time to delete my previous emails.

Auto More setting in Messages

Flash memory is used to download and display email messages on the BlackBerry. Set the Auto More option to No to make sure that only the sections of the email message that you want to read on the BlackBerry are downloaded, displayed, and thus, stored in flash memory.

By setting the Auto More option to No, the BlackBerry displays approximately the first 2 KB of an email message which is any way the size of average messages. If the Auto More option is set to Yes, scrolling automatically displays more of the email message.

To set the Auto More option to No, complete the following steps:

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  1. On the Home screen, open Messages.
  2. Display the menu and select Options.
  3. Select General Options.
  4. In the Auto More field, select No.

Enable Content Compression

Compression is designed to reduce the size of your BlackBerry device data while maintaining the integrity of that data. When compression is turned on, BlackBerry compresses all device data, including messages, contacts, calendar entries, tasks, and memos. You should keep compression turned on.

To set the compression On, complete the following steps:

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  1. On the Home screen, open Options.
  2. Select Security Options.
  3. Select General Settings.
  4. In the Content Compression field, select Enabled.

I hope you’ll find this post informative to help you get more out of BlackBerry. My suggestion would be to maintain at least 400 KB (409600 Bytes) of application memory free on the BlackBerry device.

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