Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry Launcher

Five Tip Friday

It’s one of the most common screens you’ll look at on your PRIV so today’s topic is about the BlackBerry Launcher!

  1. Change your home screen look using icon packs
  2. Search across your entire device by typing
  3. Save some screen real estate using Pop-up widgets
  4. Changing your all apps view between Alphabetical, Newest, Most Used, and default
  5. How to set a default home screen panel, as well as add and remove panels

Change your home screen look using icon packs

Did you know that the BlackBerry Launcher provides a really easy way to change all of the icons on your device? All it takes is a few taps and you’ll be able install a variety of different icons packs that can really change the look of your device.

  1. While viewing your home screen, tap the gs_priv_allapps All Apps icon
  2. Tap the priv_settings gear icon in the top right corner
  3. Tap Icon Packs
  4. To install new icons packs, tap Search Google Play for icons packs
  5. To switch to a previously installed icon pack, tap on the icon pack in the listing

After completing these steps, back out of this menu and you’ll notice that all of your various app icons have changed. Some icon packs do not support every app you have installed so you may see some default icons depending on which icon pack you use as well.

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Default icons on the left, and the Sunshine icon pack on the right

Search across your entire device with ease using Start a search

By default, when you are viewing the home screen and press a key on the physical keyboard, your device will leverage short-press keyboard shortcuts. For example, hitting the A key will open Contacts, N will open BBM, and so forth.

You can change this functionality so instead of short-press keyboard shortcuts taking effect, typing on the physical keyboard will perform a device search instead.

To try out each setting, complete the following steps and review the ‘if you selected’ snip below the steps🙂

  1. While viewing your home screen, tap the gs_priv_allapps All Apps icon
  2. Tap the priv_settings gear icon in the top right corner
  3. Tap Typing action and select one of the following;
    • Use a short-press keyboard shortcut
    • Start a search

If you selected Use a short-press keyboard shortcut, when you back out of the screen tap Keyboard shortcuts to see a listing of preloaded shortcuts, including long-press shortcuts. To learn more check out our post how to turn on, and customize PRIV keyboard shortcuts.

If you selected Start a search, back out to your home screen and press a key on the physical keyboard. If you are prompted to select Complete action using, tap Device search followed by ALWAYS. After doing this, the next time you are viewing your home screen and start typing, Device Search will open automatically and start narrowing down search results as you type =D

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Save some screen real estate using Pop-up widgets

Did you know that PRIV includes a pretty awesome feature called Pop-up widgets that not only provides access to your favorite widgets, can help you maintain a clean, clutter free home screen?

For context, a widget can be considered a miniature version of an app you installed on your device. For example, I have a BBM widget on my second home screen panel that provides a listing of recent conversations so I can jump into a chat with a single tap.

As someone follows a minimalist approach to my homescreen, Pop-up widgets is the answer to question, “how can I take advantage of widgets without cluttering my home screen with extra panels?”

As a result, if I turn on Pop-up widgets instead of adding the BBM widget to my home screen, I can add the BBM icon instead, and with one swipe of my finger, access the BBM chat widget, in its full size.

To see what I mean, complete the following steps to see if Pop-up widgets work for you!

  1. While viewing your home screen, tap the gs_priv_allapps All Apps icon
  2. Tap the priv_settings gear icon in the top right corner
  3. Turn on Pop-up widgets

After doing this, when you add an icon to your home screen such as BBM you’ll notice three dots below the icon. These dots indicate the app offers a widget so using one finger, swipe on the icon and if the app offers more than one widget, you’ll be prompted to select which widget you would like to appear. Select your desired widget and going forward, anytime you swipe on the icon the pop-up widget will appear.

Note; If the app you are using provides more than one widget tap on the thee dots in the top right corner after swiping on the icon to change which widget opens going forward.

Changing your all apps view between Alphabetical, Newest, Most Used, and default

The BlackBerry Launcher by default will show installed apps and games in an alphabetical listing, with the ten most frequently used apps, or games appearing in the top two rows

You can change the default layout however to show your installed apps in an alphabetical listing, by most recently installed, or by most used. To do this complete the following steps:

  1. While viewing your home screen, tap the gs_priv_allapps All Apps icon
  2. In the top right corner, below the gear icon, tap Default
    • Note; If you have a different view selected it will appear here instead of Default
  3. Tap on Alphabetical, Newest, or Most Used

If you would like to switch back to the Default layout, repeat the steps above and in step 3, tap Default

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In order, Default, Alphabetical, Newest & Most Used

How to set a default home screen panel, as well as add and remove panels

As you install apps, and add widgets to your device you may want to change your default home screen panel, or add new panels.

If you change up your device appearance, you may need to remove a panel as well so listed below is a quick overview of how to accomplish each of these tasks

To change the default home screen panel

Overtime as you personalize your device you may want to change the default home screen. Instead of manually recreating your home screen to match a panel you created, switch the default panel using the steps below.

  1. While viewing a panel, tap and hold your finger on a blank area of the panel
  2. Switch to the panel you’d like to set as default by swiping to the left, or the right
  3. To set the panel as the default, tap the house icon

To add a home screen panel

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Adding a home screen panel

You can add a new panel by adding a app icon, or a widget to your home screen. Using an app icon for example, complete the following steps:

  1. While viewing your all apps view, tap and hold an icon you would like to place on your home screen
  2. When your home screen appears, keeping your finger on the icon, slide to the left, or right side of the screen
  3. Drag the icon over the semi-transparent bar that appears to create a new home screen panel
  4. Let go of the icon after moving to the desired position

To remove a home screen panel

To remove a panel, two options exist.

Option 1 – Remove every app icon, and widget

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Remove a home screen panel

  • While viewing a panel, tap and hold your various icons and widgets followed by dragging them to the Remove bar that appears along the top. When the last app icon, or widget is removed the panel will be removed automatically.

Option 2 – Remove a panel that contains icons

  • While viewing a panel, tap and hold your finger on a blank area of the screen briefly. Switch to the panel you’d like to remove by swiping your finger left, or right. When the panel you would like to remove appears, tap and hold on it followed by dragging it onto the Remove option that appears along the top of the display.

Got a question? Leave a comment and let me know!

To learn about PRIV or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit http://blackberry.com/privsupport for access to product documentation, 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. Connect with me on Twitter @TyWilliamsCA

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