Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry Contacts App

Five Tip Friday

Did you know that when meeting new people, you can send and receive contact cards on your BlackBerry smartphone instead of having to enter a contact’s detail one item at a time? Learn how to do this more in this edition of Five Tip Friday, which will be focusing on the BlackBerry Contacts app.

1. Search using Initials

One of my favorite tips when it comes to the contacts app is the ability to search using initials only. Using my name as an example, instead of having to type “Ty Williams”, I can enter “T W” and get the same results. This is a really easy shortcut that will save you quite a bit of time in the long run since you can cut back the number of letters you need to type in order to find a specific contact.

2. Setting Contact Pictures

An easy way to personalize your BlackBerry smartphone is to add contact pictures to contact cards, which will appear whenever you interact with that contact.

To set a contact picture, complete the following steps:

1. Open the Contacts app
2. Highlight a contact, press the Menu key and select Edit
3. Press the Menu key and select Add Picture
4. Find, highlight and select the desired picture or use the camera to capture a new picture
5. If necessary, move the crop box to the portion of the picture that you want to use
6. Press the Menu key and select Crop & Save
7. When finished, press the Menu key and select Save.

To change or delete a contact picture, complete steps 1 and 2 again followed by highlighting the contact picture, pressing the Menu key and selecting Replace Picture or Delete Picture.

3. Attaching a Contact Card

Need to share your contact details or another contact’s details on your device with another person? Consider attaching the contact card to an email, PIN or text message.

All you need to do while composing a message is press the Menu key, and then select Attach followed by Contact. You will then be prompted to select which contact you would like to attach.

When you receive a contact card, you can save it so that the contact information is added to your contact list. To do this, press the Menu key, select View Attachment, and select Add to Contacts (or Update Contact if the contact already exists).

4. Create a Personal Distribution List

For those that organize small events and communicate via email, instead of entering everyone’s address from your Contacts app one by one, consider creating a Personal Distribution List to save some time!

1. Open the Contacts app
2. Press the Menu key and select New Group
3. Type a name for the Personal Distribution list
4. Press the Menu key and select Add Member
5. Select the contact and to add more contacts, repeat steps 4 and 5
6. When finished, press the Menu and select Save Group.

To email all of the list’s members after you’ve created a Personal Distribution List, type the group name in the “To” field of a new email.

5. Add a Pause or Wait to a Phone Number

If you find yourself entering the same extension when you call a specific phone number in your contacts app, consider adding a pause or wait to the phone number followed by the extension or additional numbers you would need to dial. To take advantage of this feature, complete the following steps.

1. Open the Contacts app
2. Select a contact, press the Menu key and select Edit
3. Enter the main part of a phone number in the phone number field
4. Press the Menu key and select Add Pause or Add Wait
5. Enter the additional numbers
6. Press the Menu key and select Save.

Do you have a question or comment about the contacts app on your BlackBerry smartphone? Leave a comment and let us know!

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