Getting Started with Themes on BlackBerry Smartphones

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I’m sure you’ve done this before, #TeamBlackBerry: You’re at home minding your own business when it hits you – the sudden urge to re-arrange furniture! After a few hours and some heavy lifting, your living room has a new look and you’re viewing it in a whole new light.

This happened to me last week, but not with my sofa and coffee table – I decided to change the look of my BlackBerry® smartphone. Within seconds I was searching through themes in BlackBerry App World™, found one I liked, installed it and activated it. Know what the best part was? No heavy lifting!

Today I’m going to provide you with the information you need to find, download and install themes, then show you how to activate a theme on your BlackBerry smartphone.

If you are someone who would rather create your own theme, I suggest starting with the Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog and the first part of a three-part series called Digging Deep: Using BlackBerry Theme Studio 6 to Build Themes for BlackBerry 7. If you want to do what I did and download a theme, I suggest using BlackBerry App World. If you are unfamiliar with BlackBerry App World or need to install it on your device, check out one or all of the following:

Once you have downloaded and installed a theme from BlackBerry App World, you may be prompted to activate the theme. If this prompt appears, choose “Yes” and your new theme will be activated. To change themes again, continue reading.

Switching Themes on a BlackBerry Smartphone

To view and switch themes that you have currently installed, complete the following steps depending on which version of BlackBerry® Device Software you are currently using.

BlackBerry® 6 & BlackBerry® 7 OS

  1. From the Home Screen or a folder, select “Options”
  2. Select “Display” and then “Screen Display”
  3. In the Theme section, highlight the theme you wish to use
  4. Press the Menu key and Select “Activate”.

BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0 and below

  1. From the Home screen, select “Options” and then “Theme”
  2. Highlight the theme you want to activate
  3. Press the Menu key and select “Activate”.

Removing a Theme from a BlackBerry Smartphone

BlackBerry 6 & BlackBerry 7

  1. From the Home Screen or a folder, select “Options”
  2. Select “Display” and then “Screen Display”
  3. In the Theme section highlight the theme you wish to remove
  4. Press the Menu key and Select “Delete”.

BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 and below

  1. From the Home screen, select “Options” and then “Theme”
  2. Highlight the theme you want to remove
  3. Press the Menu key and select “Delete”.

With those few easy steps, your BlackBerry smartphone’s Home screen takes on a whole new look.

Got a favorite BlackBerry smartphone theme to recommend? Let everyone know in the comments!

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