Access media on a BlackBerry 10 smartphone from a computer using USB without BlackBerry Link

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If your a BlackBerry 10 user and not fond of BlackBerry Link, it it possible to facilitate access to the Media card or on-board memory of a BlackBerry 10 smartphone without using BlackBerry Link.

Once mounted, the drives can be explored using Windows Explorer and transfer of pictures, videos, documents or other media files can be completed manually.

Note: If there is no SD media card inserted in the BlackBerry 10 device then the mass storage option is not displayed

Method 1 – Using USB Mass Storage

This method requires no additional drivers but mounts the BlackBerry smartphone as a USB Drive such as a Flash Drive or USB stick.

Enable USB mass storage on the BlackBerry 10 smartphone:

  1. From the home screen, swipe down and tap Settings > Storage and Access.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and turn on USB Mass Storage

Once completed, access to the mounted drives for the Media card and on-board device memory will be available.

Note: The USB Mass Storage option will only be visible if a media card is currently inserted in the BlackBerry 10 smartphone. The assigned drive letters will start with next available drive letter from A:  to Z:

Method 2 – Using RNDIS driver to map network drive

Use this method to install the minimum number or size of drivers onto a PC to facilitate access to the Media card or on board memory of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

To install only the BlackBerry Device Manager, perform the following:

  1. Connect the BlackBerry 10 smartphone to a PC.
  2. The PC will mount or present a CD drive containing the BlackBerry Link software setup and a folder called Drivers.
  3. Select Open folder to view files (if the AutoPlay dialog window appears).
  4. Browse to the Drivers folder on the CD drive mounted for the BlackBerry 10 device.
  5. Within the Drivers folder will be the BlackBerryDevicemanager.exe file.
  6. Double-click to run the file and install the the BlackBerry Device Manager.
    Note: In corporate environments this installer can be deployed using normal deployment methods.

Once completed, access to the mounted drives for the Media card and on-board device memory will be available.

Note: This will mount the storage device with available drive letters starting from Z: to A:

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