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How to update the BlackBerry Priv's software

BlackBerry has released the first software update for its Android-powered Priv smartphone.

Jason Cipriani/CNET

BlackBerry on Tuesday announced it had released the first software update for the BlackBerry Priv.

According to BlackBerry, the update includes December's Android security patch, improvements to the camera's performance, better overall performance, and increased stability.

For those who are familiar with the software upgrade process on Android, you already know what to do. But for those who've made the switch from BlackBerry 10 to the Priv, the procedure is understandably new. Don't worry, it won't take long.

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

To update the software on your Priv, follow these steps:

  • Launch the Settings app
  • Scroll to the bottom and select About phone
  • Tap on the top option, System updates
  • Next, tap on Check for Updates
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Once your device finds the update, you'll be asked to download the 463.6 MB update by tapping on the Download button. You can either continue using your device until the download finishes, or leave it on this screen. Should you want to monitor the downloads progress, you'll need to keep your eye on the yellow progress bar that sits just beneath the blue section with the text "Update your Priv to the latest software today..."

After the download is finished, tap on Restart & Install. A few seconds later your Priv will restart and the installation will begin. It's a good idea to plug your Priv into the charger while the update is installed.

Go for a walk, play some games or find something to distract you for a while during installation. The entire process took around 45 minutes on my Priv. Your results will naturally vary.

In addition to updating the Priv's software, BlackBerry also announced it will release updates to the Camera, Keyboard, Hub & Contacts, and DTEK apps through the Play Store on Dec. 14.