How to configure Sound and Alert profiles in BlackBerry 6

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BlackBerry 6

One of the easiest ways to personalize your BlackBerry® smartphone is to change the default Sounds and Alerts Profiles. I’d like to provide an overview of how these profiles work and what options you can modify to suit your needs! This means custom sounds and alerts for anything ranging from phone calls, messages, reminders and browser content in addition to other applications.

This overview will be applicable for any BlackBerry smartphone that is using BlackBerry® 6. If you are using a different version of BlackBerry® Device Software, check out the user guide for information on how to configure the Sounds and Alerts Profiles on the operating system for your BlackBerry smartphone. In case you don’t know which version of BlackBerry Device Software you are using, check out this knowledge base article.

Additionally, to find out if BlackBerry 6 is available for your particular BlackBerry smartphone model, check out this post which provides information on how to perform a web-based BlackBerry software update. Provided your wireless provider supports it, you may be able to upgrade to BlackBerry 6.

Provided you are using BlackBerry 6, let’s get started!

Modifying and changing Sounds and Alerts Profiles while using BlackBerry 6 is very easy. All you need to do is tap the Speaker icon that appears in the top left corner of the home screen, or select the Sounds and Alerts Profiles icon on your home screen.

When it comes to Sounds and Alerts Profiles, BlackBerry Device Software includes a total of seven profiles by default: – Normal, Loud, Medium, Vibrate Only, Silent, Phone Calls Only and All Alerts Off. Within these profiles, you’ll be able to specify any audio file that is stored in memory on your BlackBerry smartphone or on your media card.

By default, some of these profiles are based on settings in the Normal sound profile. This means that if you change the ringtone within the Normal profile, the ringtone you have selected will also be specified in the Loud, Medium & Phone Call Only Sounds and Alerts Profiles. If you do not want to use the ringtone set in the Normal profile, you can manually set the ringtone that’s used in the Loud, Medium or Phone Call Only Sounds and Alerts Profiles.

You also have the ability to create contact alerts that will alert you when particular contacts call or send you a message. Contact alerts are always turned on and do not turn off unless you select the All Alerts Off profile. This means that if you select the Silent or Vibrate Only profile, the contact alert will still occur.

So now that we know how the Sounds and Alerts Profiles work, let’s set them up!

How to change your Ring Tone

1. On your Home screen, select the Sounds and Alerts Profiles icon.
2. Select Change Sounds and Alerts > Sounds for Selected Profile.
• To change your ring tone, click Phone.
• To change notifiers or reminders, click to expand a section and select an option.
3. In the Ring Tone, Notifier Tone, or Reminder Tone field, do one of the following:
• Click a tone.
• To use a song that is on your BlackBerry smartphone or on a media card, click All Music. Find and click a song.
• To use a voice note that you recorded, click All Voice Notes. Find and select a voice note.
• To use a preloaded alert, click All Alerts. Find and select an alert.
4. Press the Menu key and select Save.

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How to add a Custom Sounds and Alerts Profile

1. On the Home screen, select the Sounds and Alerts Profiles icon.
2. Select Change Sounds and Alerts > Profile Management > Add Custom Profile.
3. In the Name field, type a name for the new profile.
4. Select the item that you want to change.
5. Change the ring tone, notifier, or reminder information.
6. Press the Menu key and select Save.

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To delete a custom profile, highlight it, press the Menu key and select Delete.

How to add a new Contact Alert

1. On the Home screen, select the Sounds and Alerts Profiles icon.
2. Select Change Sounds and Alerts > Sounds for Contacts > Add Contact Alert.
3. In the Name field, type the name of the contact alert.
4. In the Contacts field, type the name of the contact.
5. Select a Contact.
6. Change the ring tone and alert information for calls and messages.
7. Press the Menu and select Save.

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To delete a contact alert, highlight it, press the Menu key and select Delete.

As you can see, customizing your Sounds and Alerts Profiles is simple, and it allows you to personalize your BlackBerry smartphone.

What do you like about Sounds and Alerts Profiles? Leave a comment and let me know!

About Ty Williams

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