Most of you know this but for new people to BlackBerry it may help.
There is an extra button on the side of your BlackBerry that can be assigned to anything you want.
I have mine hooked up to our Screen Grabber app because I take many screen grabs during the day. Some people like to assign it the camera, or our free flashlight app.
Here is a quick video that will show you how to easily assign that button to the function/app of your choice.
Let me know if you have any problems getting it to work.
Everyone wants to maximize the life of their battery and still use the phone in a normal way.
Most tips talk about changing simple settings like backlight timeout and wifi or bluetooth settings.
I'm here to tell you that those are not the real problem and they are just guesses.
As an engineer I like data to backup what I say. I spent 3 months doing actual tests with a real BlackBerry in all kinds of conditions to see what really hurts the most.
This lead to a better understanding of what can really be done to conserve energy, and I was surprised by what I learned.
This will be the first in a series that explains the big battery killers, what you can do, and some other techniques.
Sounds obvious but the research shows that surfing will drain your batter around 30% per hour.
Have you ever sat at an appointment and surfed for an hour? Noticed how hot the BlackBerry gets?
At the end of that hour your battery will be down big time.
Since I know how much this really hurts I need to think about when I'll be able to charge again.
Stay tuned for the Part II where we'll see what the #2 and #3 look like.
This tip is for all Smartphones and the PlayBook.
Move to the next song : Hold down the Volume Up button.
Repeat current song : Hold Volume Down button for 2 seconds.
Play previous song again : Hold Volume Down button for 2 seconds, as soon as current song restarts release it and then hold it down again. Prev song will then start.
RIM offers this free app and service that automatically backs up the data on your BlackBerry as often as you feel you need (mine is set to once per week). I don’t need to sync my BB that often so with this app I know that the changes I make on the fly to my address book and calendar will get backed up. I highly recommend that you take advantage of this service.
Free BlackBerry Protect – Download BlackBerry Protect – Free Apps from BlackBerry App World.
Bedside Mode gives you the ability to change some settings when charging your Blackberry. It is especially handy if you charge your device over night in the same room that you sleep, and you want your BlackBerry to remain on (in case you want to use the alarm) but don’t want your BlackBerry to make any noise or flash any lights.
Here are some tips on using Bedside Mode:
Bedside Mode is available only on Blackberry devices that have Operating System 4.6 or higher.
Do you sleep with your BlackBerry charging in your room? Do you use Bedside Mode? Let us know.
There is an easy way to create a meeting invitation using your BlackBerry calendar application…here’s how:
Let us know if this helped you, and if you have any other tips on using the Calendar application.
There are times when I notice my battery is draining faster than normal. Fortunately the BlackBerry Operating System (OS) 6.0 provides a great tool to see what applications are using the most of my BlackBerry CPU, and likely decreasing my battery life.
You will now see what apps have been using the most processing power for today. Perhaps you will be surprised, and maybe an app you don’t use very much is running all the time in the background, and you can now try to close it down.
I was surprised to find out that a particular app I had was using the most CPU even though I had not actually used that app, it was just running in the background. Since the app could not be effectively closed I had to delete it because my battery was draining way too fast.
After running this test did you find anything surprising? Let us know.
BlackBerry® Messenger (“BBM”) is a fantastic application that most BlackBerry® enthusiasts use all the time. Here are some quick tips on how to do more with BBM;
You can send files, photos, voice notes, and contacts to your BBM contacts (requires BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0 or later and may not be available for all users).
An interesting BBM feature uses GPS technology to send your location to a BBM contact, who can then see where you are on BlackBerry® Maps. (This feature may not be available for all users.)
Your contact will now be able to see your location.
Want a quick way to add a friend to your BBM contact list? Try scanning the BBM barcode from their BlackBerry smartphone. Simply scan your friend´s barcode and they are added to your BlackBerry Messenger contact list.
Stay connected with groups of friends, family, or co-workers by creating groups of BBM contacts.
And Most Importantly:
BACKUP YOUR BBM CONTACTS:
Let us know if you have any other BBM Tips, and we will post them.
Bluetooth is a great wireless technology that lets your Blackberry communicate with other hardware without the need for a physical, wired connection. Bluetooth is most commonly used to pair (“connect”) your BlackBerry to a hands free microphone/speaker headset.
Let’s take you through the process of setting up a Bluetooth connection:
When your Bluetooth is on you will see the Bluetooth icon in your main screen, at the top in the status bar. It is a good idea to turn Bluetooth off when you are not using it, as a security measure, and to save on battery drain. Please note that using Bluetooth use will tend to drain your battery faster than normal.
Do you use Bluetooth connections with your BlackBerry? For what kind of Devices? Do you have any tips or tricks for using Bluetooth? Let us know.
Most BlackBerry models come with Wifi capabilities. By connecting your BlackBerry to a Wifi network (at home, office or on the road) you will be able to send email and surf the net with out using your telephone carrier’s data plan, and this could save you money. There are many locations around most cities that offer “free Wifi hotspots”…so you can take advantage of these opportunities to save on your data plan. Here are the basic steps to setting up a Wifi connection on your device:
I keep my Wifi on all the time so I can quickly connect to my saved Wifi networks. As I enter range of a Wifi network that I have previously saved, I get a pop-up asking me to join that particular Wifi network. This makes it simple to maximize my Wifi use and to minimize my use of my carrier data plan.
We have done extensive testing on BlackBerry Battery use, and we found that keeping the Wifi on all the time had no significant affect on BlackBerry battery drain.
Please let us know about your experience with Wifi on your BlackBerry. Do you use it a lot? Do you keep it on all the time? Have you noticed battery drain when keeping the Wifi on all the time?