Five Tip Friday – Popular #BBTips from @BlackBerryHelp

FIVE TIP FRIDAY / 05.18.12 / tywill1

For those that are actively following @BlackBerryHelp on Twitter®, you’ve probably noticed the hashtag #BBTips — awesome little BlackBerry® device tips in 140 characters or less. Today I’d like to share with you the five most of the popular #BBTips based on feedback we’ve received!

If you aren’t already following @BlackBerryHelp and you want to receive lots of tips and tricks, start following today using Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones and keep an eye out for the #BBTips hashtag.

With that being said, here are the five popular tips that we’ve shared with our fantastic followers:

1. Video Camera Flashlight

Try the following steps to quickly turn a physical keyboard-equipped BlackBerry smartphone into a flashlight so you can find your way!

  1. Open the Video Camera app
  2. Press the space key to turn on or turn off the flashlight.

Note: Using a smartphone with a virtual keyboard only, such as the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9850 smartphone? If so, you can also make it a flashlight by opening the Video Camera App and pressing the Menu key, then selecting Options followed by checking the box for Video Light.

2. Copy contacts from a SIM Card

Did you recently upgrade to a new BlackBerry smartphone or are switching a different model? If so, complete the following steps to copy your contacts stored on your SIM card to your new smartphone.

Add one contact from a SIM card to a BlackBerry smartphone

  1. On the BlackBerry smartphone, open Contacts
  2. Display the menu and select SIM Phone Book. The SIM phone book will be loaded
  3. Select the contact you want to import, and then select Add to Contacts
  4. That contact will be then added to your BlackBerry smartphone Contacts list.

Add all contacts from a SIM card to a BlackBerry smartphone

  1. On the BlackBerry smartphone, open Contacts
  2. Display the menu and select SIM Phone Book. The SIM phone book will be loaded
  3. Display the menu and select Copy All To Contacts
  4. This will add all contacts to your BlackBerry smartphone Contacts list
  5. Check your Contacts on the device to ensure that they transferred properly.

Check out Eric’s post on how to transfer contacts from your SIM card to learn more. You can also look up the user guide for your BlackBerry smartphone.

3. Autotext/Word Substitution

One of my favorite tips to share with other BlackBerry smartphone owners is the ability to use Autotext/Word Substitution to quickly enter information you commonly enter, such as your PIN number, the current date or the expansion of an abbreviated term.

For example, if you type something that can be replaced with an Autotext entry, the text changes after you press the Space key (BRB will change to Be Right Back if you’ve added it to your Autotext database).

Here a few must-know Autotext/Word Substitution entries:

  1. mypin – Your BlackBerry smartphone PIN, i.e. “pin:XXXXXXX”
  2. mynumber – Your BlackBerry smartphone phone number, i.e.” XXXXXXXXXX”
  3. ld – The long date, i.e. “Thu, May 10, 2012”
  4. lt – Long time, i.e. “10:24:10 AM”

In addition to the entries above, your BlackBerry smartphone includes dozens more! To view them as well create some of your own, check out the user guide for your BlackBerry smartphone.

4. How to perform a soft reset

A soft reset is a three-key combination that resets the BlackBerry smartphone without removing the battery. This method of resetting a smartphone is only available on BlackBerry smartphone models with a QWERTY keyboard, such as the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone or BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810 smartphone.

To perform a soft reset, complete the following steps.

  1. Press and hold the Alt key (1)
  2. While holding down the Alt key, press and hold the Right Shift key (2)
  3. With both of those buttons still pressed, press the Backspace/Delete key (3)
  4. When the screen turns off to indicate that the BlackBerry smartphone is restarting, you can then release the keys you have been holding.

To learn more, read our blog post on how to reset a BlackBerry smartphone.

5. Message shortcuts

For those using a BlackBerry smartphone that has a physical keyboard (such as the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone or the BlackBerry Torch 9810 smartphone), try the following shortcuts while using the Messages app to fly around your inbox and manage messages quickly!

While viewing a message:

  • R – Reply to a message
  • L – Reply to all in a email or PIN message
  • F – Forward a message
  • I – File a email message
  • N – Move to the next message
  • P – Move to the previous message

While viewing your messages inbox:

  • C – Compose a message from a message inbox
  • Alt + U – Mark a message as read or unread
  • W – Add a flag to the message
  • ALT + F – View all flagged messages
  • ALT + I – View received messages and received call logs
  • ALT + O – View draft and sent messages
  • ALT + V – View voice mail messages
  • ALT + S – View text messages
  • ALT + P – View call logs

Moving around your messages inbox:

  • Shift + Space – Move up a screen
  • Space – Move down a screen
  • T – Move to the top of the inbox
  • B – Move to the bottom of the inbox
  • U – Move to the next unread item
  • J – Move to the next related message
  • K – Move to the previous related message

To learn about other useful shortcuts, including shortcuts for those using touch screen-only devices such as the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860 or BlackBerry® Curve™ 9380 smartphone, make sure you check out the user guide for your BlackBerry smartphone.

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

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