How To Replace Trackball On Blackberry
You may not have needed to know how to replace the trackball on your Blackberry yet, but if you own a Blackberry, eventually you'll need to know. Blackberry smartphones benefit from a good trackball cleaning every now and then to improve function. Follow these easy steps for how to replace a trackball on a Blackberry:
What you'll need:
- a Blackberry smartphone (directions given are for the Blackberry Curve 8310 model)
- a Blackberry trackball assembly
- Remove the trackball. In order to replace the trackball on a Blackberry, you must first remove it. To remove the trackball from the Blackberry, slip your fingernail under the side of the retaining ring and gently pry the ring out. This will work best if you pick a point near the top of the ring to pry on.
- Check the parts. If you've had to order a new trackball assembly, then check to make sure you have ordered the correct trackball, and that the parts of the assembly are all there. You should have a trackball mounted inside a small assembly and retaining ring that snaps in over the top. If you didn't order a new one, and are simply replacing the trackball after removing it for cleaning, make sure that you have not lost the retaining ring or the trackball assembly.
- Replace the trackball. Orient the trackball so that the two connectors on the side of the assembly are facing horizontally. With the round trackball facing out, drop the trackball assembly into the Blackberry. If the trackball does not slide easily into the slot, then you may not have it oriented properly. Check to make sure that the connectors are horizontal and not vertical, and that the ball side is facing out toward you.
- The ring. After the trackball has been replaced on the Blackberry, you'll need to snap in the retaining ring. The retaining ring has two "snaps," or tabs, on either side that snap in over the trackball assembly. Orient the retaining ring horizontally, as you did with the trackball assembly, and gently snap the ring over the trackball. Do not force the ring, or you will risk breaking the tabs off of the sides of the ring.