BlackBerry Q10 Gestures Overview


Looking to maximize your efficiency while using a BlackBerry Q10? If so, the easiest way is to ensure you are taking advantage of all the gestures that can be found on a BlackBerry Q10 smartphone.

Check out the following video for a visual overview or use the steps below and try out each of the gestures.

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Tip: Using a BlackBerry Z10? Check out our on post on how to use BlackBerry Z10 gestures.

Peek at your messages in the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere

All of your email, text messages, social networking notifications, missed calls, and voice mail messages can be found in the BlackBerry Hub. To peek at notifications, slide your finger up just a little bit from the bottom of the screen, and the view will shrink to show your notifications. To get to the BlackBerry Hub continue sliding your finger to the right. To return to what you were doing originally, slide your finger back to the left, or release your finger to open the BlackBerry Hub.


Peek at your messages and notifications while you’re composing or viewing a message

In a message, slowly slide your finger from the left edge of the message to the right. Continue sliding to bring your list of messages and notifications into view.


Scroll and move between items

Use this gesture to scroll through a list, pan a webpage, or move between pictures. You can also use this gesture to move between panels. For example, if you’re looking at the BlackBerry Hub, you can slide your finger to the left to move to the panel that shows all of your running apps.

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Use a slider

If a slider appears on your screen, you can use the slider to progress through a file, such as a song or video, or scroll through multiple pages, such as the pages of PDF file. Drag the slider handle with your finger.


Selecting Items – Do any of the following:

  • To select an item, simply tap it. If the item can be opened, it will open; if not, it will be highlighted.
  • To highlight an item without opening it, touch and hold the item.
  • To highlight multiple items, such as pictures or songs that you want to share, tap blackberry-10-accents-button-1 and use the Q10-Gestures-015  Select More option. To clear an item, tap it again.


Zoom in to or zoom out from the screen

If you want a closer view of a detail in an image or if you’re having trouble reading words that are too small on a Web page, you can pinch to zoom. Slide your fingers apart to zoom in, or slide your fingers together to zoom out.

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Move icons from one place to another

Touch and hold the icon you want to move and when the item starts to pulsate, slide your finger to where you want to move the icon.


Minimize apps and show your Active Frames

When you minimize an app it appears as an Active Frame on your home screen. This is great for multitasking as you don’t need to do things like save and close documents before you use the browser, or restart your browser session after you check your email. All you need to do is swipe up from the bottom of the screen to minimize an app you have open.


Show the menus

In many apps you can find additional features, options, and help by exploring the menus. To access menus while using a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, do any of the following:

  • To see the additional actions you can perform in an app, tap blackberry-10-accents-button-1 or q10-gestures-button
  • To see the additional actions for a specific item within an app, such as a song or a picture, touch and hold the item and the right hand menu bar will open. To see the names of the menu items that appear on the right side of the screen, slide your finger over them.
  • To find the settings and help, swipe down from the top of the screen. In an app, you can see the settings for that particular app. If you are not in an app, you can see the device settings.

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Lock your screen & put your device in standby mode

When you put your BlackBerry device in standby mode, the device screen backlight turns off and the screen locks. Wireless connections and clock alarms aren’t affected.

  • To enter standby mode, press the Power/Lock key on the top of your device.
  • To exit standby mode, swipe up from the bottom of the device screen.

Tip: You can optionally allow the power button to unlock your device, instead of swiping up from the bottom of the device screen. To change this setting, tap Settings followed by Display and set Allow power button to unlock device to On.

Restart or reset your device

If your BlackBerry device is running slower than usual or not responding, turning it off and back on again might help solve the issue.

  • To restart your device, press and hold the Power/Lock key on the top of your device followed by tapping Restart


  • To reset your device, press and hold the Power/Lock key for ten seconds.


To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit for access to product manuals, how-to demos, tips and tricks, YouTube videos, support forums, knowledge base articles, Twitter support, and contact information for your region.

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    Sir, for long now I can no longer receive mails through my e mail account. I have tried all the settings you told me to do but it’s not working.

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    How can we request an upgrade of an app to be supportive on the Q10? I am looking for an upgraded version of the Vivint security app which was available on older editions but not on the Q10.

  • Warner Hudson. MD

    Just got and started using my new q10 less than 1 week ago; my 3rd Blackberry and it is fantastic! As a doc for about 50,000 UCLA employees on campus, rapid e-mail and testing with accuracy is critical. So many friends and colleagues after a year or more with iPhpnes and other touch screens complain about imprecise typing, crazy auto correct and in medicine that’s a very bad thing. Q10 is very fast browsing, no dropped calls in LA, and so simple to use plus sturdy. Even with out BES10 at UCLA, the AutoSynch works perfectly with Windows Office Suite, Adobe and more. Love this phone. The only minor areas to improve are backwards compatible BES10 for those who have older BBS, and Amcom app working on Q10. Warner

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  • panagiotis

    In my previous blackberries, with trackball or trackpad, I could select many messages together and mark them as read or delete them. This was done byholding the shift and moving the trackpad down (and highlighting these mails).

    Same I could do in the text (email or word) by selecting part of the text (and then copied it or cut it).

    In Q10 that I acquired recently I cant do these things. Pls advise how to do.


  • william

    Just got the Q10 and gestures and functions still missing…confused and missing the Torch!

    How do you select multiple items without tapping each one? Like selecting a range of emails to delete (hundreds)?

    What happened to selection of read, unread and sent messages?

    I need to delete a ton of email and duplicated contacts from a Link software error. Cannot select 100’s of contacts, documents, etc.

    Please help? What am I missing? I have checked online and no answers.

    Will, loyal BlackBerry user….

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