Five Tip Friday – Sharing is Caring

Five Tip Friday

Happy Friday #TeamBlackBerry! Today’s Five Tip Friday topic is five different ways you can share content such as pictures, videos, music, website links, contacts and more while using a BlackBerry smartphone. Let’s begin!

1. Send Menu

The easiest way to share stuff with your friends and family is utilize the Send option available on your smartphone. This is a really easy way to share pictures, links, contact cards and more. For example, listed below is an overview how you can use the Send menu option when using the Browser to share a website link or picture.

  1. On the Home screen, click the Browser icon
    • To send a web address for a webpage that is in your bookmark folder or browser history, highlight a webpage.
    • To send a different web address, browse to a webpage.
    • To send a link or picture from a webpage, highlight a link or picture.
  2. Press the Menu key and select Send Page Address, Send Link or Send Image Link
  3. Select which method you would like to use to share the link (i.e. Email, Text Message, PIN, Facebook, Twitter and more)

2. Sharing your location

BlackBerry Maps and BlackBerry Traffic are two of the most commonly-used applications on my device, as they provide a free and efficient way to ensure I reach my destination.

For those that use BlackBerry Traffic, you are most likely familiar with the Share My ETA feature – but did you know on top of that useful feature, you can also share your location using BlackBerry Maps? I’ve been using this feature to share the location of bike trails around my city with friends and family. When they receive the link, all they need to do is click on the link to view the location on their device.

To share your location, complete the following steps:

  1. On the Home screen, click the Maps icon and do one of the following
  2. Browse to the location you would like to send
  3. Press the Menu key and select Send Location
  4. Select which method you would like to use to share the link (i.e. BBM contact, Email, Text Message, PIN, Facebook, Twitter and more)

3. NFC Sharing, aka BlackBerry Tag

For those using a BlackBerry smartphone with NFC capabilities such as the BlackBerry Bold 9900, you can use BlackBerry Tag to send files such as pictures, documents, music, contacts and more between two NFC-enabled devices.

How to send a file using BlackBerry Tag:

  1. Do one of the following
    • To send a single file, find and highlight or open a file
    • To send multiple pictures files, find and highlight the files you want to send.
  2. Align the back of your BlackBerry smartphone with an NFC-enabled device
  3. If necessary, click Send

How to send contact cards using BlackBerry Tag:

  1. Open the Contacts app and highlight the contact you would like to share
  2. Align the back of your BlackBerry smartphone with an NFC-enabled device
  3. If necessary, click Send

How to send a webpage using BlackBerry Tag:

  1. Open the Browser app and navigate to a website
  2. Align the back of your BlackBerry smartphone with the back of another NFC-enabled device

To learn more about BlackBerry Tag such as how to make NFC Smart Tags, check out our blog post on how to create and share NFC Smart Tags.

4. Bluetooth Sharing

One of Bluetooth’s most common uses is with wireless headsets but did you know that you can also send and receive content using Bluetooth technology? Whenever I am traveling I’ll use Bluetooth to send and receive pictures since it doesn’t require network access

How to send a file using Bluetooth technology

  1. On the home screen or in a folder, click the Media Icon or Files icon
  2. Highlight the file you would like to send
  3. Press the Menu key followed by Send and select Bluetooth
  4. If necessary, turn on Bluetooth technology and choose a device or pair with a device

5. USB Drive Mode

The next time you are on your computer, consider connecting your smartphone so you can use USB Drive mode to transfer files to and from your device, such as pictures, videos, documents and more.

  1. Connect your BlackBerry smartphone to the computer using a USB cable.
  2. In the dialog box that appears on your smartphone, select USB Drive.
  3. If necessary, type your smartphone password. Your smartphone appears as a drive on your computer.
  4. On your computer, do one of the following:
    • Drag a file from a location on your computer to a folder on your smartphone.
    • Drag a file from a folder on your smartphone to a location on your computer

To view the transferred file on your smartphone, disconnect your smartphone from your computer and find the file. If, after connecting your device, it doesn’t appear as a drive on your computer, you may have to turn on USB mass storage mode.

  1. On the home screen or in a folder, click the Option icons
  2. Click device followed by Storage
  3. Press the Menu key and select Enable USB Mass storage
  4. If necessary, type your smartphone password
  5. Your smartphones appears as a drive on your computer.

To turn off USB mass storage mode, press the Menu key and select Disconnect.

So now that you are familiar with the how to share content and send option, try sending this blog post to your friends on Facebook and Twitter!

Got a question or comment? Let us know below!

About Ty Williams

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