Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10 Contacts app

Five Tip Friday

The weekend is almost here, which means it’s time for another Five Tip Friday!

Today’s topic: five tips you can take advantage of whenever you are using the Contacts app on your BlackBerry 10 device.

How to link contacts quickly

Your BlackBerry 10 smartphone automatically merges contacts when it’s clear that those contacts are the same person (for example, they share the same first and last name, mobile phone number, BlackBerry ID, and so on).

If you still see duplicate entries in your contacts list, merge them together using the following steps:

  1. Open the Contacts app and touch and hold a contact
  2. From the context menu, tap Select More
  3. Tap the contacts that you want to merge
  4. From the context menu, tap Link Contacts

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Customize ring tones and notifications on a per contact basis

A handy way to make a specific contact stand out is customizing ring tones and notifications.

For example, I changed the notifications on my fiancée’s contact card so that my device always vibrates twice when she sends me a BBM, compared to other BBM contacts that only vibrate once.

To customize ring tones and notifications on your device, complete the following steps.

  1. Open the Contacts app
  2. Select a contact and tap Edit
  3. Tap Ring Tone and Notifications
  4. Specify your desired notification settings
  5. Tap Save when finished

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How to hide a set of contacts

You have the option to hide a specific account from your contact list. For example, if you mainly follow celebrities only on Twitter, you might not to want to see them in your contact list.

  1. In the Contacts app, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Settings
  2. In the Show Account in Contact List section, set the switch that appears next to the chosen account to Off

How to view contacts by account

By default, contacts from the various accounts you’ve set up on your device will appear in the Contacts app. In the event you would like to view contacts from a specific account, such as your work account, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Contacts app
  2. Tap the icon in the bottom left corner
    • Using a BlackBerry Z10? This icon will appear as: FTF-C-Z
    • Using a BlackBerry Q10 or Q5? This icon will appear as:  FTF-C-Q
  3. Tap the account you would like to view

To return to a consolidated view of your contacts, tap the icon in the bottom left corner again and select All.

Change the sort order

Contacts are automatically sorted by first name, but you can also sort them by last name or company.

  1. Open the Contacts app
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen
  3. Tap Settings in the Contacts app
  4. Tap Sort Contacts by and select a desired sort option

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