Update: How-To Install BlackBerry 10 Developer OS on PlayBook


For those of you all who cannot wait for the BlackBerry 10 OS to come to the PlayBook tablet BBKyle_ has compiled a list of steps to help us  get the BlackBerry 10 developer OS onto it. While this may not be suitable for those of you all who use your PlayBooks on a daily basis, it does however give you a feel for how running BlackBerry 10 OS on your tablet would be like.

See the step-by-step guide below:

So here it is! Please remember to use extreme caution when installing this OS, and if something goes wrong, I’m not responsible. Install at your own risk!

The following outlines how to get the BB10 Dev Alpha OS running on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Note: This is in no way a final release and is highly unstable. Carrying out this procedure
is entirely at your own risk and no parties other than yourself are responsible for any and all consequences that may result

This will work for both Windows & Mac – just ensure you have the tools that run for your machine

1. Install DingleBerry & DDPB/Some form of sideloading BAR software
2. Download the Dev Alpha OS from here
3. Change your PC and PlayBook date to September 24 2012 – Also turn off your Playbook’s WiFi
4. Enable Dev Mode on your PlayBook
5. Extract the Winchester SDK coreOS BAR file from the folder and place it in the Dingleberry/Firmware/custom folder
6. Connect your PlayBook to your PC
7. Open Dingleberry and enter your Dev Mode password into the field in top left
8. On Dingleberry, select Firmware and Make sure the Buttons say Custom & Core OS
9. Check that your PlayBook is detected by Dingleberry (top right corner)
10. Click update at the bottom
11. The device should have an update screen – if not make sure it is connected and try again. If it fails to install, simply disconnect, reconnect and try flashing again.
12. If successful, the Playbook will reboot itself – When it comes alive, enable dev mode again and sideload (using DDPB or similar) the Settings app, BBM, Browser, Camera, AppWorld
13. Reboot your device
14. When it comes back on – go to the NEW Settings app and change your date and time to be correct
15. Enable WiFi
16. Go to Settings>BB ID and check that it retrieves info/allows you to sign in – if so, you’re good to go – if not, reflash back to 2.1 (using Dektop Manager) and repeat
17. Enjoy BBM and AppWorld – Browser and Camera will work whether your BB ID works or not

Known issues:
DO NOT allow your battery to die while running this OS. The device will not know to turn itself off before the battery completely drains. If it does drain, you will have to perform a stacked charge. It will be difficult to revive your PlayBook if this happens.
DO NOT power off your PlayBook with the current date and time. If you need to turn your PlayBook off, roll the date back to September 24 2012.
AppWorld currently only pulls PlayBook apps. It does not pull BB10 apps.
The icons in the top right corner of the home screen are inaccessible. Rotation Lock, Bluetooth, WiFi, and Battery indicator icons do not work, though oddly enough, the Settings icon does work.
The backlight appears to timeout much quicker than the length of time defined in the settings.
The list of known issues will be updated periodically.

Remember, this OS is NOT a suitable replacement for 2.1. This should only be installed if you’re feeling adventurous and brave.

Also, please keep in mind that this isn’t completely new. The time change workaround and a few other steps are new, but people have been installing Dev OS’es on the PlayBooks since mid-late 2012. I do not take credit for the original method.


Update from Ronen at BerryReview: (Reasons NOT to install)

  • You cannot shut off your PlayBook with the current date and time but rather need to set it back to September 2012. (Seriously you cannot turn it off! This becomes much worse once you read the next limitation…)
  • You cannot allow your battery to die since the PlayBook will not know to turn itself off before it drains. If this does happen you will have to perform a “Stacked Charge.” Something you REALLY do not want to have to do
  • The Backlight turns off by itself no matter what you set
  • The quick menu settings dont work except for the settings button. Also some icons are not clickable on the screen

Remember: Install at your own risk. BlackBerry Empire is not responsible for any malfunction of your tablet, just sharing the tutorial provided by Kyle with you all.