How do I open and read a DBK file extension?
What is a DBK File Extension?
Files with the DBK extension are created using PC Suite by Sony Ericsson. They are used to back up phone settings and/or data. Typically, this type of file is considered a container file since it holds data. The data in a DBK file is in compressed format, so it needs a special program to open it.
Open DBK File Extension: Use PC Suite
If you still have access to your phone, you can use the PC Suite program to restore these phone files so that you can access them on your phone.
Open DBK File Extension: Unzip the File
The DBK files are saved in formats similar to ZIP files. Therefore, you should be able to open them by unzipping them. Several applications can be used to unzip files including WinZip, WinRAR, and ZigZag. If you don't have one of these applications installed, search for them online and choose one to install so that you can use it to open the DBK files holding your phonebook contacts.
I advise you to make a backup of the DBK file before attempting to open it this way. Change the file extension from .dbk to .zip on the Sony phone file if it does not automatically open using one of these applications.
How to Change the dbk File Extension from .dbk to .zip
Follow these steps or some variation of them to change the extension of your phone files.
1) Open Windows Explorer.
2) Select Tools, Folder Options, and View. In the dialog box that opens, unmark the box in front of "Hide extensions for known file types."
3) Select OK.
4) Right click on the .dbk file and select "Rename."
5) Type in the name of the file with the .zip extension and select the enter key.
Open DBK File Extension: Use Open Office
Other types of DBK files are dBase backup files that you should be able to open using the database program in Open Office. If you do not have Open Office installed already, simply install it from the Internet before trying to open this type of DBK file. You will not be able to use open Office to open your phone files, but if you encounter this type of file elsewhere, you'll know how to open them.