Remove fonts and characters for more BlackBerry memory
After a while it becomes quite the struggle. Every week on this site we feature multiple BlackBerry applications. I’m sure that our readers find use in least some of them, which is the goal. Not every app will serve the needs of every user. But if you find yourself enjoying a large portion of the apps, you’ll run into a problem I’ve dealt with since the inception of BBGeeks: low available memory. Every so often I go through and delete apps I don’t need, but for a few months they just build up and build up. It can make my device run slowly, and we all know there are fewer things more frustrating than the hourglass. But yesterday’s featured app got me thinking about how we can reduce memory and leave more room for apps.
As you can see, I have a good amount of free memory. This is because I just purged my device, though I didn’t limit it to just apps. Along the way I saw that East Asian Characters and Font Support was taking up way too much room on my device. East Asian Language and Support was as well — at least a couple of applications’ worth. And so during my purge I unchecked these boxes and saved myself 25MB. Go me. I’m only disappointed that I didn’t do this earlier. You can do this by running Desktop Manager, either on Mac or on PC, and going to Applications. Regardless of platform you’ll see a box similar to the one above. Go through and uncheck all non-English language files — that is, if you can spare them. I know a few BlackBerry users who simply cannot. But if you can it will save you valuable memory, which can be used to store more apps and will perhaps make your device run faster. Browsing through forums, I’ve seen a few users run into issues with this. One specific problem is the inability to open PDFs. This doesn’t seem widespread, but it’s the only consistent error I found. If you encounter this. Uninstall and then reinstall Documents To Go. That should take care of it for you.