BlackBerry Desktop Manager

BlackBerry Desktop Manager

BlackBerry's official software to sync your Mac

Mac owners were left out in the cold for almost four years before Research in Motion (RIM) finally released BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac. View full description


  • Simple to use
  • Syncs iCal, Address Book, Microsoft Entourage and iTunes playlists


  • Installation requires restart
  • Disables other Mac syncing software
  • Many users have reported syncing problems since the update to 1.0.1


Mac owners were left out in the cold for almost four years before Research in Motion (RIM) finally released BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac.

Now the wait is over, though the reaction around the Mac community has been less than impressive, with many users reporting problems and sync issues after the recent update to version 1.0.1. BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac is supposed to allow Mac users to easily sync data from popular applications like iCal, Address Book, Microsoft Entourage and others. It also allows you to add and remove applications, schedule automatic backups, encrypt backup files and install software updates for your BlackBerry smartphone.

BlackBerry Desktop Manager also integrates BlackBerry Media Sync thus enabling you to sync your iTunes music collection with your BlackBerry. Simply select the desired iTunes playlists from within BlackBerry Desktop Manager and the music, including song information and album art, is quickly transferred.

However, as mentioned earlier, users have reported problems when updating to this version of the program from version 1.0.0. They report contacts haven't been syncing properly, problems updating calendars, and even runtime errors. Note that installing this software also requires a restart of your Mac and disables all other BlackBerry syncing software installed on your machine. This means PocketMac for BlackBerry or The Missing Sync, will no longer be able to connect to your device and will not work until BlackBerry Desktop Manager is uninstalled.

It's unbelievable that it's taken RIM so long to BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac and depending on your individual experience, you may not think it was worth the wait.

BlackBerry Desktop Manager


BlackBerry Desktop Manager

User reviews about BlackBerry Desktop Manager

  • Tony Funches

    by Tony Funches

    "Bankrupt & Out Of Business ..."

    Is where blackberry belongs; can't get old software or updates for a unit as recent as a 8530 curve? no desktop manager ... More.

    reviewed on February 18, 2012

  • nicholasmead123

    by nicholasmead123

    "Re: Like to give review."

    Unfortunately, as stated in the system requirements in the review, BlackBerry Desktop Manager only works on Mac OS X v10... More.

    reviewed on November 12, 2010

  • bjt8t

    by bjt8t

    "Like to give a review"

    Keeps saying system will not support programme when using 10.4.11 - Disc supplied with Blackberry Curve 8520 had no chan... More.

    reviewed on November 11, 2010

  • ebrad01

    by ebrad01

    "Download time too long"

    Why does it take so long to download? I do not like that at all. It is now reading 5 hours, 39 minutes remaining...??? More.

    reviewed on February 1, 2010