Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10 File Manager

Five Tip Friday

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Happy Friday #TeamBlackBerry! Today’s topic: five tips for managing files on a BlackBerry 10 device.

After checking out the tips, please leave a comment and let me know which one is your favorite. Or if it isn’t listed already, add your favorite tip below!

1. Copy, Move, Select More, Rename, Add Folder and more!

It’s really easy to manage and organize files on your device thanks to the powerful File Manager app. Here are a few options that every BlackBerry 10 device owner should be familiar with:

  • Select More – If you need to work with several files and folders at the same time – e.g. if you would like to create a Zip file of some pictures you took – all you need to do is tap and hold the first file or folder and then tap Select More from the action menu that appears on the right. After doing this, you can select the additional files and folders you want by tapping their icons.
  • Copy or Move – To copy or move files and folders, tap and hold the item or items (see Select More), then tap Copy or Move from the action menu. Navigate to the desired storage location using the context menu in the bottom left corner, then tap the Copy or Move buttons along the top of the screen to complete the action.
  • Renaming Files & Folders – Tap and hold the item you’d like to rename and select Rename from the menu along the right.
  • Adding Folders – Browse to the location where you’d like to create the new folder, tap the action key in the bottom right corner and then select Add Folder.
  • Sort Options – To change the default sort option, tap the action key in the bottom right corner followed by tapping Sort. After doing this, select your desired Sort and Order options to customize how your files and folders are displayed.
  • Share – Tap and hold the file you’d like to share and then tap the action key in the bottom right corner and select Share. A menu will appear with available sharing options such as email, BBM or (my personal favorite) NFC!


2. Integrated Cloud Storage

One of my favorite BlackBerry 10 features is the ability to integrate the File Manager app with a cloud app such as Box.net or Dropbox. Using this feature I can browse my cloud storage from my device and send and receive files over a Wi-Fi or mobile network connection. Setting up a cloud app is really easy too; all you need to do is install either Box.net or Dropbox from BlackBerry World followed by registering and signing in using a Box.net or Dropbox account. After doing this, you’ll notice that File Manager adds a new option to the context menu that appears in the bottom left corner with an option to browse your Box.net or Dropbox account.

To learn more about using cloud storage with a BlackBerry 10 device, use the Help app on your device or check out the user guide for your device at http://docs.blackberry.com.

3. BlackBerry Link Remote File Access

In addition to integrating File Manager with the cloud, if you install BlackBerry Link 1.1 on your PC or Mac you have the ability turn on Remote File Access. With Remote File Access you can wirelessly access files stored on your computer from your BlackBerry 10 device. Not only is this feature great for retrieving files stored on your computer, you can also use it to transfer files stored on your smartphone to your PC. For example, after capturing that once-in-a-lifetime picture you can use Remote File Access to copy it to your computer so it’s backed up and stored in another location.

To learn more about Remote File Access visit the BlackBerry Link website located at www.blackberry.com/blackberrylink. You can also review the BlackBerry Link User Guide for Windows or Mac using one of the links below.

4. Managing Zip files

The next time you need to share a bunch of files with someone you can use File Manager to create a Zip file. Follow the steps below to create a Zip file as well preview and unzip files.

  1. Open the File Manager app
  2. Touch and hold a file or folder
  3. Optionally tap Select More to select additional files or folders
  4. Expand the action menu that appears on the right by tapping the three white dots
  5. Tap Zip

To unzip, just tap the Zip file. You’ll have an option to preview the contents before tapping Unzip along the bottom toolbar.

5. BlackBerry Work drives

If you are using a BlackBerry 10 device that is provisioned on the BlackBerry Enterprise Service you can install BlackBerry Work drives which will let you remotely access, edit and manage content located on enterprise network drives. To learn more about BlackBerry Work Drives check out Steph’s awesome post on the Inside BlackBerry for Business Blog, Work It with BlackBerry Work drives on BlackBerry 10. You can also take a look at the BlackBerry World pages listed below.

To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit www.blackberry.com/support 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.

About Ty Williams

Community Content Manager & Blogger @ BlackBerry. Follow me on Twitter or Google+

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