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FAQ: Descriptions Of The Databases On Your BlackBerry

Have you ever done a selective or advanced restore on your BlackBerry and wondered what all of those databases do? I was doing some research and ran across this RIM knowledgebase article and found it very useful useful. I always thought RIM’s naming scheme was a little confusing. Who would guess that the RMS database is where application information is stored…

Database Functionality
Address Book Stores the contents of the Address Book.
Address Book Options Stores Address Book settings.
Alarm Options Stores the settings for the Alarm program.
Attachment Data Stores attachments that have been viewed on the device.
Attachment Options Stores user-defined settings for the Attachment Viewer.
AutoText Contains the dictionary for automatic substitution of commonly misspelled words while you type. For example, adn > and.
Browser Bookmarks Contains the bookmarks for web pages in the Browser application.
Browser Channels Lists the channels the Browser is subscribed to. For example, weather updates.
Browser Data Cache Holds cached data from the Browser.
Browser Folders Allows sorting bookmarks into various folders.
Browser Options Contains Browser setting information.
Browser Push Options Contains push content settings for the BlackBerry Browser.
Browser URLs Contains a list of the URLs that have been typed into the Browser on the device.
Calendar Stores the contents of the Calendar.
Calendar Options Stores Calendar settings.
Categories Allows you to sort various Addresses, Appointments, Tasks and Memos by category.
Content Store Contains pictures and other content stored on the device.

Default Service Selector

Stores the custom word list on the 7100 series handhelds.

Defines the default message service.

Email Filters Holds the settings for filters applied to incoming messages to the device.
Email Settings Defines the way messages are sent and received on the device.
Firewall Options Enables or disables the firewall.
Folder Id Determines which folder a message is filed to.
Folders Lists the user-created folders in the Inbox.
Handheld Agent Contains diagnostic information about the device.
Handheld Key Store Securely stores encryption keys for encrypted communication and signing.
Key Store Options Configures options for the Handheld Key Store
MemoPad Options Stores MemoPad settings.
Memos Contains the memos stored on the device.
Message List Options Defines the way Messages are displayed in the Messages application.
Messages Contains all the messages on the device.
Options Stores miscellaneous configuration options.
Phone Call Logs Logs phone calls made to and from the device.
Phone Hotlist Stores the list of phone numbers on the device.
Phone Options Stores Phone settings
Policy Stores the IT Policy for the device.
Profiles Contains the various device alerts. For example, a vibration for a new calendar appointment, or a tone when a new message arrives.
Profiles Options Selects the current profile for device alerts.
Purged Messages Contains a reference for messages deleted from the device.
Quick Contacts Stores telephone numbers in the Speed Dial list.
Random Pool Stores numbers to securely generate random numbers for encryption.
Recipient Cache Contains encryption profiles for the people you communicate with.
Ribbon Bar Positions Sets the sequence of icons for the home screen of the device.
RMS Databases Stores information about registered applications.
Service Book Stores all the service books that allow the device to access various services.
SMS Messages Contains Short Message System (SMS) messages sent to and from the BlackBerry.
Tasks Lists the Task items on the BlackBerry device.
TLS Options Configures Transport Layer Security settings.
Trusted Key Store Contains the Trusted Keys for the device.
WAP Push Messages Contains information from Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) push services.
WTLS Options Contains settings for Wireless Transport Layer Security.
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  1. Email Filters: Holds the settings for filters applied to incoming messages to the device.

    Does this imply filters set up on the BIS are run on the device, not the BIS. So if I’m roaming, I’m paying the data charges for email to sent to my BB, which may then be trashing it? If so that’s just crazy!

  2. RIM 8330 running I have an Address Book database as well as an All Address Books??? Any takes? Address Book is what syncs with DM, but my contacts however are all under All Address Book which shows up on my device as UNKNOWN>

  3. Very interesting Kimberly I have never seen an unknown database before… Maybe there is some corruption in the database but that is weird since it sounds like it is working…

    The filters over there I think are for BES since those are possible to setup on a device. Do any entries show up in those databases?

  4. yeah it works. i think it happened in going from 4.3 to 4.5. im thinking about wiping and starting all over, but if i restore the address book, it ends up the same way again.

  5. Maybe sync your contacts with outlook. Then clear the database and they sync outlook again with your Berry. That way you dont lose your contacts… Just an idea

  6. Yep i’ve done that. When i synced back to bb, though the contacts apparently went into both databases. i say this because they both then showed 197.

  7. Very weird. Are you by chance on BES?

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