BlackBerry Z10 On Ubuntu (File Management)

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If you're like some geeks you've given up on the windows / mac battle and settled in for a computer that actually just works running linux. In my case It's Ubuntu.

Most phone manufactures allow access to internal storage using MTP or PTP connections but BlackBerry doesn't allow that type of access to the INTERNAL storage without Windows or Mac Drivers. :-( (MTP is available if you have an SD card installed [i do not])

So our only option to access and drop our music and ringtones is to setup a WiFi network connection.

Here's how.

First you'll need to be connected to the same network on your computer and your phone. So connect the BlackBerry to Wifi Now and have your PC running.

now on your Z10 get to the settings menu by pulling down from the top of the screen and tapping Settings & then Storage and Access >



Change the USB connection from Auto Detect to Windows



Scroll Down to ACCESS USING WI-FI and turn it on.



You'll be prompted to enter and confirm a password (it needs to be at least 6 characters) do so and tap OK

You'll be returned to the Storage and Access menu.

Tap "Identification on Network"



Make a note of your device name and username. Keep the password you created in mind as well

To keep the battery from wearing down it's recommended to plug the device into a power source or into the USB port.

Now on your Ubuntu Computer.

Open whatever file manager you use. I use Nautilus which is the default file manager for gnome anyway so we'll complete the tutorial using that.

Under File Click "Connect to Server..."

Under Server Enter "SMB://devicename" Where device name is the name shown on your BlackBerry

Change the Server Type to "Windows Share"

Click Connect.

You'll be presented with Three folders.

Double Click "Media"

You'll now be presented with the login screen.



Change the credentials to match the information on your blackberry. I recommend changing the settings to remember the password forever so you don't have to do this every time (unless you want to)

Bookmark this folder by clicking "Bookmarks" and then "ADD BOOKMARK". It will appear in your file tree to the left of the file manager.

Thats it. In the future all you need to do to access your Z10 is click the bookmark (as well as be connected to the same Wi-Fi network)

-Chad
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Great explanation & formatting of your post Chad. +1 to that man.
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I neglected to mention that once you've entered your credentials you need to click connect.
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I did this once and then it never worked again. Usually returning the following.

Error: Failed to retrieve share list from server
Please select another viewer and try again.

Nothing I have been able to do has fixed this. Ran the procedure from scratch all with no luck. I was wondering if you had some advice?
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Thanks for replying Chad. I set the Auto connect option to connect windows. The version of Gnome is 2.30.2 and the version of Ubuntu I have is 10.04, so I need to upgrade. I will do that first before I waste any more of your time. The BBZ10 connected before I upgraded to BB 10.1 but hasn't worked since I installed 10.1.
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Ok I used 12.xx and BlackBerry 10.0 for this.
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Upgraded and still no joy. I never get past the Connect to Server dialogue without the error.
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Unfortunately my ubuntu laptop is at home and I alas am not. I'll try again this weekend. If i have the same issue I'll let you know. Did you Google the error?
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The following link is for Linux Mint DE (debian edition). Ubuntu is based on Debian anyway so the checklist may work. Try it. http://forum.linuxmint.com/viewtopic....
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Just seeing this thread. Nice little networking job going on here. Well done :)

I'm using windows myself with the latest BB Link & OS 10.1.0.2342. For those of you who don't know, this type of functionality now comes stock via Remote File Access and BB Link.

You can access your Z10 from your computer over the same wifi network, and access your computer via file manager as well. The killer though, is that via file manager you can access your computer over your mobile network, or from a different wifi connection. So you can be in Nigeria and access anything on your computer as long as you have some form of data connection (network or wifi).
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Good points guys. Glad to see this kind of access for Linux users, I think us Windows users take it for granted the 'ease of access' to things we have sometimes.
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I've switched between Windows and Linux more times than I can count. Currently a happy W8 user. My 4-year old PC is running just as well on W8 (if not better) as it did on Ubuntu that I don't want to go back right now as I get the same stability without the need to find workarounds for stuff like Netflix, iTunes, BlueStacks, etc.
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love bluestacks, i use it for ripping android apks so I can convert and sign them for BB10, great little utility.
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Have you also tried:

http://apps.goodereader.com/playbook/...
http://bb10bars.net/
http://apk2bar.unker.net/

This approach isn't 100% successful but it was an easy way to get most essential apps to run on my BB10 when I had it. I think that the 1st link is how I managed to get Netflix working.
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I'm aware of them, but don't use them personally. I have BB dev signing keys so I do the conversion and signing process myself, but those sites are great for users less technically inclined. or lazy lol.
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Excellent post. For those still experiencing issues, there's always Windows via https://www.virtualbox.org/
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Just to follow up Peggy,

I deleted my bookmarks and started everything from Scratch
BBOS 10.1
Ubuntu 13.04 on Gateway LT27 Netbook
Gnome
Nautilus

Worked Fine, Check your network settings and firewall I think.

Exernal (SD) Storage:



Internal Storage:



I also have a Dual Boot to Linux Mint DE and it works there as well.

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Update: works fine on the Q10 as well. I have noticed that saving the bookmarks may be pointless because as devices move in and out of my wifi the BlackBerry 10 devices will be assigned new ip addresses on the network.

If I get ahold of a Q5 or Z30 I'll try it out but I imagine it works on any BlackBerry 10 device.
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You should definitely think about making this into a blog post.
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Thanks, I will but if you search Z10 ubuntu on Google this post is first.
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Hey

Struggling with this topic right now.

I do everything exactly as explained. I enter smb://mydevicesname, switch to windows (then the dialogue box expands to include a bunch of other fields which I leave blank) then click connect. Then I get an error that says "failed to retrieve share list from server".

Incidentally, I have "Wired Network (Research in Motion RIM Network Device)" above Wired Network 2 under my wifi network drop down when my phone is plugged in.

BBz10
Dell Inspiron 6000
Ubuntu 12.04

Help please.
Jack
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I have been unable to reproduce this error. Make sure you're changing to a Windows server and that your BB device name is correct

You must also be on the same network so be sure your BB is connected via wifi

On your BB make sure autoconnect to Windows is also selected
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wow, thankyou very much for the tip.
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A bit of an update, with the new release of 10.2.1 there is now a much easier way to manage files through ubuntu and it's thanks to an android app called ES File explorer

The app includes a way easy to use ftp server. You can get es file explorer from the Amazon App store (you'll need to install that first on your BlackBerry 10).

Once you've got the store installed search for and install ES File explorer.

Run that app and swipe over to the apps home screen and choose "Remote Manager"

Just like before you'll need to be on the same wifi network as your ubuntu computer but it can also be managed over your carriers mobile network.

Tap the button to turn on the FTP server on the phone and make note of the ip and the four digit number after the : as this is your port.

In Ubuntu launch your favorite file manager. I use nautilus. Again navigate to:
File...Connect to server.

Change the type to "public FTP"

In there "Server" box input the ip shown on the screen minus the :#### at the back of the ip. Then input till the four digit code into the "Port" box.

So for me my phone says "ftp://192.168.2.5:3721"

So my server is: ftp://192.168.2.5
And my port is 3721

Click connect and you're through. Easy

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For some reason I can't edit the above so just a note that if you need to you can set a username and password for the server in the settings button on the bottom left of the remote manager screen.

In Ubuntu you'd have to choose normal FTP instead of public.
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Worked perfectly with my BB Passport 10.3.1 and connecting with Ubuntu 14.04. Thanks for sharing.

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