Access a BlackBerry Q10 on Ubuntu 14.04

This is a tutorial on howto access a BlackBerry Q10 or Z10 business smartphone on Ubuntu 14.04 or any other Linux or MacOSX. You will be able to copy files and if you are smart you can set up rsync to keep your data in sync. However this is not a substitute for the native Windows client, since RIMM has chosen to completely ignore Linux, shame on them.

  • While on your Blackberry Q10 or Z10 viewing the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen

  • Tap Settings followed by Storage and Access

  • Set the Access using Wi-Fi switch to On

  • When prompted, enter a storage access password

  • Tap Identification on Network and make note of the Username

  • While viewing the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen

  • Tap Settings followed by About

  • Tap the Category bar and select Network

  • Under Wi-Fi, record your IPv4 address without the /xx trailing number.

Now back on your Open Source Operating System:

  • Install Samba in Ubuntu with apt-get install cifs-utils

  • In your filemanger click connect to server under the network section and enter smb://Your-Phones-WifiIP and log in with Username: BlackBerry (in case you did not change the default) and your chosen WiFi sharing password.

Enjoy your Blackberry Q10 or Z10 on your Linux OS!

Sources

Crackberry Board: Running Q10 with Linux (Ubuntu)

Blackberry Official Site: How to copy files to and from a BlackBerry 10 smartphone using Wi-Fi Sharing