The Power Button and Charging your BlackBerry PlayBook


BlackBerry PlayBook tablet battery charging

Today, I wanted to share with you some information on how the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet charges and how the power button works. Let’s start by talking about how the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet charges:

When you plug in your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, if it is off and the battery is fully charged, it will turn on automatically. In the event the battery isn’t at 100%, it will not automatically turn on, and you’ll notice that BlackBerry PlayBook tablet displays a flashing yellow LED, which means is currently charging. In case you want to use it while it’s charging, all you need to do is tap the power button once and it will start up. When you are finished, you can leave the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet on or turn it off, and either way, it will continue to charge as long as it’s plugged in.


You should always keep your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet charged as well – in the event the battery has been drained, you might need to let it charge a bit before you’ll be able to use it.

You will also need to ensure you are using a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet-compatible charger, such as the charger that’s included in the box at purchase. If you own a BlackBerry® smartphone, the charger that you use for it is not compatible with your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet charger, however, is capable of charging both a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and a BlackBerry smartphone.

One of my favorite accessories is the BlackBerry® Rapid Charger, as it charges my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet up to two times faster than the standard BlackBerry PlayBook tablet charger*, so I am able to charge quickly while I’m on the go.

BlackBerry PlayBook Rapid Charger

Moving on to the power button: The first thing you’ll want to know is that if you hold the power button down for less than two seconds, the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet screen will turn off and any running applications will be paused. This mode is called “Standby”, and it’s good to use if you need to put down your tablet for a bit but will be using it again shortly. To wake up the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet when it is in standby mode, all you need to do is swipe from bezel to bezel. This means you can swipe from left to right, right to left, top to bottom or bottom to top – whatever you prefer!

While in Standby mode, the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet Wi-Fi ® and Bluetooth® radio are still turned on, which means if you are using Wi-Fi File Sharing, you can still connect to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet from your personal computer, allowing to you copy files to and from it – very convenient!

Tip: To learn more about what Wi-Fi File Sharing is, check out KB26068 – How to transfer files to and from the BlackBerry PlayBook.

BlackBerry PlayBook tablet battery charging

To turn off or restart the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, all you need to do is hold down the power button for longer than two seconds, which causes the above menu to appear. I recommend turning off your tablet instead of using standby if you don’t plan on using it for a while. You can also tap the battery icon that appears in the top right corner to display the following menu with options to Shut Down, Stand By or Restart. Additionally, you can adjust your screen brightness from this menu as well, which is convenient!

BlackBerry PlayBook tablet battery charging

The thing I’d like to share next is really important, as this is the recommended way to reset your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in case you need to. When you reset the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, it will immediately restart the BlackBerry tablet operating system, in case you encounter an issue while using the tablet.

With the above being said, to reset your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, all you need to do is hold down the power button for ten seconds and you’ll notice the screen shut off. Once it has shut off, press the power button to start your tablet up again.

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support. Click one of the following links (depending on your location) to find out how to contact BlackBerry® Technical Support:

Do you have a question about charging your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet? Leave a comment and let me know!

* Standard BlackBerry PlayBook tablet chargers include the BlackBerry® Premium Charger and the BlackBerry® International Charging Adapter.

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  • Tony Lamanna

    My play book will not charge anymore. I have tried different chargers and different plug outlets. The charing icon does not appear in the upper right hand corner anymore. Can you please help because I’ve run out of ideals.

  • Justyna

    After discharge battery I can’t switch on my playbook.I tried to hold the button down about 30sec and – and + at the same time but it hasn’t worked please give me some good advice what should I do now thank you

  • sasha

    Hello since I upgraded my playbook to the new os 2.0 when charging my playbook a green light is on and stays on. Even when using my playbook the light is still there and I can adjuSt the brightness! Help please!!

  • Brigitte

    Blackberry tablet completly dead. Would a rapid charger help. Or any recomendation

  • saadia

    I am traveling overseas (in Asia currently) and the battery on my play book is completely drained. I have kept it on charge for a day straight and again for night. It is refusing to charge up! Not sure what else I can do:-/ tried connecting with lap top and then PC.. then to direct power supply. Power outage is 110-240v. Currently use 220v here. Confused and frustrated.

  • Mpho

    I recently played music while my black berry table was in the charger and after removing the charger I used the the battry life that was left but when I try charging the battry, it doesn’t charge. What must I do?

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  • donna

    Just lately when I turnoff my Playbook it did not shutdown competely. I still can see the light from behind still on (like a back light). I tried to start it up but it wouldn’t start up. It was fully charged when this happened and what I had to do is wait for it to drain which was about 10-12hrs, put the charger back on and wait for 5 minutes or so as you said, then I could start it up again. Could tou tell me what is happening.

  • nivesh

    I have a brand new play book it doesn’t charge or come on. All it does is show the red light when I plug in the charger and then the yellow light blinks and goes off. Nothing appears on the screen.

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    When I tap the power button on the tablet when charging, it first displays a solid red light for a number of seconds before the flashing yellow LED.. What does this mean?

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