BlackBerry 7: Getting Started Guide Part 2

HOW-TO / 08.26.11 / tywill1

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As promised in the first BlackBerry® 7 Getting Started Guide, here is a complete overview of every option available in the Setup wizard. For those wondering, I will be using a BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860 smartphone in this post.

Before we begin, opening the Setup app can be accomplished two ways. The first is when it opens automatically after starting up a new BlackBerry 7 OS smartphone. The second is when you open it by selecting the Setup icon that appears on the Home Screen if you’ve already set up BlackBerry 7 on your smartphone. With this being said, let’s dive in.


Email Accounts – Setting up your personal or work email is pretty easy. If you use the BlackBerry® Internet Service only, you can setup your Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail®, AOL®, Windows® Live or other email addresses using the Email Account wizard (the image on the left below). If your data plan supports the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server as well, you also have the option to setup an Enterprise Account; in other words, the ability to perform an Enterprise Activation (the image on the right below).

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Something to keep in mind here is if you plan on using BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express or MDaemon™ Messaging Server and your data plan only supports the BlackBerry Internet Service, you can take advantage of the Enterprise Activation app available in the BlackBerry App World™ storefront. This tool allows you to gain access to advanced functionality with your organization’s email servers such as wireless synchronization of email, calendar, contacts and more. Before using this app please check with your organization first to verify you are allowed to use it.

Social Networking – Set up your social networking apps such as Facebook® and Twitter®!

BlackBerry® Protect –BlackBerry Protect is designed to help you back up the data on your BlackBerry® smartphone and find your device if you have misplaced it. I cannot recommend this tool enough! Visit the BlackBerry Protect website and log in using your BlackBerry® ID to learn more.

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Wi-Fi® – Connect to a Wi-Fi network by selecting it from the listing, or use the “Other ways to connect” option to use the Wi-Fi Protect Setup (WPS) option. You can also enter your Wi-Fi network information to manually connect to an available Wi-Fi network.

BlackBerry® Bridge™ – You can download the BlackBerry Bridge application to your smartphone to get access to your email, calendar, contacts, memo pad and tasks — while using the large display screen of the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. Depending on your wireless service provider, you can even browse the web using the data plan of your existing BlackBerry smartphone. Since BlackBerry Bridge comes preinstalled in the BlackBerry 7 OS, if you own a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, select this option to set it up.

Bluetooth® – If you own a wireless Bluetooth headset or BlackBerry® Visor Mount Speakerphone, you can set it up by selecting the Bluetooth option. Always refer to the user guide for the Bluetooth accessory you plan on using so you can identify how to pair it with your BlackBerry 7 OS smartphone. For an example, check out my post on how to pair your BlackBerry smartphone with a Bluetooth Wireless Headset.

Device Switch – Device Switch is a useful tool if you plan to move to another BlackBerry 7 OS smartphone in the future. Device Switch is designed to allow you to save and transfer your BlackBerry application data using the media card. You also have the option of using BlackBerry® Desktop Software to move to a different BlackBerry smartphone.

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Ring Tones – Set the ring tone, LED light and vibration setting for phone calls. You can also set these and additional notifications by using the Sound Profiles app that’s displayed on the Home Screen.

Wallpaper – Select from your camera pictures, picture library or built-in wallpaper to personalize the Home screen background of your BlackBerry 7 OS smartphone.

Language and Input Options – You can set a typing input language to use when you type, as well as the display language used. The typing input language can be different from the display language. When you set a typing input language, AutoText and other typing options change to the selected language. For example, you might use your BlackBerry smartphone in French, but type messages in English.

For more advanced settings, open the options apps from the Home Screen and select “Typing and language”. To learn more about adding languages, check out the user guide for your BlackBerry smartphone.

Fonts – Change options such as the font that’s used, the size, the style, and whether or not font smoothing is enabled.

Date and Time – Easily verify and, if needed, set the date, time and time zone. When traveling, you also have the option to automatically update the time zone and receive prompts when this occurs.

Keyboard – Since I am using a BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone, it displays one of two keyboards based on the field that I am typing in and the orientation of my device. After selecting which type of keyboard to use (reduced keyboard or full keyboard) use the try it option to test it out. For more advanced keyboard settings, open the options apps from the Home Screen and select keyboard.

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SIM Contacts Sync – If you have contacts saved on your SIM card, you can copy these to your BlackBerry smartphone contacts so that your contacts are saved in one place. For information on how to save contacts stored on your BlackBerry smartphone to your SIM card, check out the user guide.

Password – A setting I feel everyone should use is the ability to set a password to unlock a BlackBerry smartphone. This is a very simple way to help protect your personal information from someone if you have misplaced your BlackBerry smartphone. You can leave a message when your BlackBerry smartphone is locked as well so someone can contact if you they find your BlackBerry smartphone. To set this up, open the Options app from the Home Screen and select Display followed by Message on Lock Screen.

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Personal Information – Create a contact card to store your personal details, or select an existing contact if you already have a personal card in your Contacts.

Convenience Key – Specify which app opens when you press the convenience key on the side of your BlackBerry smartphone. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always set this to the Camera.

Options – The Setup app is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to personalizing and setting up a BlackBerry smartphone. For example, you can select this option to configure Accessibility options, which allow you to change the Home Screen grid layout and color contrast.

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You can also enable event sounds which alert you when you turn your BlackBerry smartphone on or off, when the battery power level is fully charged or low, and when you connect or disconnect a USB cable or accessory.

Help & Tutorials

How To – The next time you have a few spare moments, check out this option to learn more about using the BlackBerry 7 OS.

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Tutorials – Selecting this option allows you to view several video tutorials, which are great for those who are new to BlackBerry smartphones.

Tips & Tricks – An area of the setup app everyone should explore, you can find out lots of tips and tricks to help you speed around your BlackBerry smartphone.

Glossary – Ever wanted to find out what APN means? Just select the glossary icon to learn about some of the terms you might see when using a BlackBerry smartphone.

Closing Notes

To learn more about the BlackBerry 7 OS, make sure you check out the user guide and icon guide for your BlackBerry smartphone model. The icon guide in particular is really handy as it allows you to identify what various icons mean when using the BlackBerry 7 OS.

Got a question about setting up a new BlackBerry 7 OS smartphone? Leave a comment and let me know!

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