BlackBerry Hub+ Series Part 3: BlackBerry Contacts

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Hey everyone! Back at it again for the third installment of the BlackBerry Hub+ Series. Though every phone comes with a contacts app, the BlackBerry Contacts app is designed with you in mind. Included with the Hub+ Productivity Suite, the BlackBerry Contacts app is integrated with the Hub and allows you to seamlessly add contacts to relevant messages and events.

If you’re anything like me, nothing is more frustrating than having the inability to do basic functions such as sharing, importing or customizing contacts. Luckily, the BlackBerry Contacts app allows you to do all of those and more. Here’s a quick how-to guide on the BlackBerry Contacts app functions to help you master your BlackBerry Powered by Android device :).

For more on Hub+, check out our other posts: Part 1 on Subscriptions and Part 2 on the BlackBerry Calendar.

Manage Contacts

Add a Contact

Though it is the simplest function, it is arguably the most important to know.

Open up the BlackBerry Contacts app and tap the add contacts icon add-contact. At this point, a screen will pop up asking you where you want to save the contact. You’ll have the option to save the contact to the device, SIM card or an email account. Choose the destination and a screen will pop up with a number of text fields.

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In these fields, you’ll have the ability to save all sorts of different information about the contact. Once you have entered the information for that contact, tap the check mark in the top left-hand corner to save and you’re done!

Edit Contact Information

If you made a mistake entering a contact or need to change important contact information, don’t worry! You can change anything in a matter of seconds. Tap on the BlackBerry Contacts app followed by the contact that you want to edit. In the top right corner of the screen, you will see an icon shaped like a pencil priv_pen. Tap it, and you now have the ability to edit your contact! After changing the information, tap priv_check in the top left corner to save your changes.

Import or Export Contacts

Sometimes, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to import or export your contacts to/from external storage. These situations could include a phone migration, a factory reset or something else. If this is ever the case, open up the BlackBerry Contacts app and tap the priv_vid_3dot icon > Import/Export. At this point, you have two options:

  • To import contacts from your SIM or SD card, tap Import from storage
  • To export your contacts to your SIM or SD card, tap Export to storage

Contact Groups

Another useful function the BlackBerry Contacts app has to offer is the contact group feature. You might find it easier to communicate with work colleagues, family members or friends by including them in a group. Instead of frequently searching for contacts or sending out individual messages, simply throw those contacts in a group. This process makes it much quicker to find frequent contacts and message multiple people at once. Want to know how to take advantage of the group function? I’ve got you covered.

Create a Contact Group

  1. Open the BlackBerry Contacts app > tap Groups
  2. Tap add-contact-group
  3. Choose where you want to save the group (Device, SIM, Account)
  4. Type the name you want to associate with the group
  5. Tap priv_check

Edit a Contact Group

  1. Open the BlackBerry Contacts app > tap Groups
  2. Tap the group you want to edit > priv_pen
  3. From this menu you can:
    • Add contacts to the group by typing the person’s name into the field that says Type person’s name
    • Remove contacts by tapping the X beside the person’s name you want to remove from the group
  4. Tap priv_check

Tips and Tricks

Here are some useful tips and tricks that will help you master the BlackBerry Contacts app.

Share a Contact

  1. Open the BlackBerry Contacts app > select the contact you want to share
  2. Tap priv_vid_3dot > Share
  3. Select how you would like to share the contact. This could include Bluetooth, BBM or Gmail

Set Custom Ringtones for a Contact

  1. Open the BlackBerry Contacts app > select the contact you want to edit
  2. Tap priv_pen
  3. Tap priv_vid_3dot > Set ringtone

Add or Change a Picture for a Contact

  1. Open the BlackBerry Contacts app > select the contact you want to edit
  2. Tap priv_pen > Change
    • If you want to take a picture to use as the display for that contact, tap Take photo. Take the photo. Crop or edit the picture if necessary and tap Done
    • If you want to use a picture that is saved on your phone, select Choose photo. Browse your library and select the photo you wish to choose
  3. Tap  priv_check

Delete a Contact

  1. Find the contact you want to delete
  2. Hold down on the contact until it is highlighted screenshot-dec-14-2016-3-39-03-pm

    • Tip! In this mode, you can select multiple contacts to delete at once. Simply scroll and tap the contacts you want to delete. This will highlight the contacts, indicating that they are selected
  3. Tap  priv_vid_trash  in the top right-hand corner of the screen > Delete

Manage Contact Settings

  1. Open the BlackBerry Contacts app >  vaca_clock
  2. Tap Settings > General Settings
  3. From this menu you can:
    • Tap Sort by to choose to sort contacts by first name, last name or company name
    • Tap Name format to choose whether to view contacts by first name first or last name first
    • Tap Contact group view to choose whether to view contact groups in lists or tiles

Just like the BlackBerry Calendar app post, this guide will help you get started but it won’t go over every feature of the BlackBerry Contacts app. If you have any more questions or want to dive deeper, click here to check out the Nano Trainer.

To learn more about the BlackBerry powered by Android smartphone, or to troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available. Visit the BlackBerry powered by Android support site 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.

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