Exchange ActiveSync account disappearing after reboot on a Blackberry Z10

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Update – 2013-04-17

Looks like after I upgraded my phone to 10.0.10.822 (from AT&T) this issue has gone away.

 

Update – 2013-04-16

After some trial and error I might have found a workaround for this bug. Disable Memo and Task syncing. They don’t work anyway. After doing that my Exchange account survived multiple reboots. Then when I turned syncing them back on my Exchange account disappeared on a reboot.

 

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1… 2… 3 broken accounts muh ha ha ha

I just got a shiny new Blackberry Z10 from work for testing purposes and have run into a show stopping bug. We use Exchange 2003 at work and I setup my account on my Rogers Z10 (OS 10.0.10.85) using ActiveSync. Everything appears to be working just fine until I reboot the phone, pull the battery or the battery dies. If that happens my Exchange account ends up disappearing from the configured mail accounts list on the device but it still shows in the Blackberry HUB. Even the e-mail is still all there but when you try to load a message it say “Could not display this message”.

I don’t appear to be the only one having this problem:

The only way I’ve found to get rid of the phantom mail accounts is to wipe the phone and set it back up again from scratch. Of course if your battery dies, you reboot the phone or have to pull your battery you’ll end up in the same situation again. Hardly seems worth the effort.

I’ve also tried reloading the Blackberry HUB by swiping diagonally from the top right to the bottom of the screen a few times. This did not help.

I tried backing up my device using Blackberry Link, wiping it, restoring the backup and that cleared up the broken accounts while putting all my data back. Problem was after the restore I could no longer launch Lastpass. Even if I deleted Lastpass and re-installed it from App World I still could not launch it. I then had to wipe the phone again and skip restoring from my backup.

I’ve contacted Rogers and they are putting me in touch with their support reps that can actually talk to RIM. I’ll update this post if a resolution is found.

Google Maps not letting you sign-in on your Blackberry?

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Update(s)

2013-04-04 – People are starting to report Google authentication is working again!

2014-01-07 – Fixed Dropbox link, mirror should have still been working. People are reporting this issue is happening again. I’ve moved on to a Q10 so I won’t be much help this time.

 

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Today I was trying to build myself a custom map in Google Maps and then load it up on my Blackberry 9810 running Google Maps 4.5.3. When I tried to sign-in to Google Maps I was instantly signed out.

Some quick research online shows this is a known issue that Google has acknowledged on March 11th, 2013 but not fixed yet.

There is a work around I found online that few users have had success with (I was not one of them):

  1. Uninstall Google Maps 4.5.3
  2. Reboot your device
  3. Download Google Maps 3.0.1 (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22772464/GoogleMap-v3.zip) (Mirror: GoogleMap-v3)
  4. Extract it and copy it over to your Blackberry
  5. Run GoogleMap-v3.jad and install it
  6. Launch Google Maps and accept the license agreement. If all you want is Latitude you might want to stop here until Google fixes 4.5.3 because the next step may or may not work.
  7. Go to m.google.com and download Google Maps 4.5.3
  8. Restart your device if prompted. If not don’t worry about it.
  9. Launch Google Maps and see if you can stay signed in. Some people reported success with this method. I did not.

 

Since I wanted access to custom maps I’ve created and not Latitude this is what worked for me:

  1. Launch Google Maps 4.5.3
  2. Go to ‘Layers’
  3. Go to ‘More Layers
  4. Go to ‘My Maps’
  5. Sign-in
  6. The instant the ‘Signing In’ box dissappears repeat steps 3-5 quickly and tap your custom map

If you’re fast enough your custom map will load into Google Maps and remain cached. It took me a couple tries but I eventually got it.

 

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