Five Tip Friday – Sharing a BlackBerry PlayBook

Happy Friday #TeamBlackBerry! I recently read a question someone posted in the BlackBerry® Support Community Forums about sharing a BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet with co-workers. The question was how to best manage the device so that a person’s private information did not have to be shared with others. I thought this was a great question, so today I’d like to share some tips for sharing a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet amongst several people. (Remember: sharing is caring!)

1. Use a Dedicated BlackBerry ID

A BlackBerry® ID is a single sign-on identity service that gives a user access to multiple BlackBerry® products and is a requirement to complete the setup of a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. If you plan on sharing a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, consider creating a new BlackBerry ID specifically for the device.

Why am I recommending this? A BlackBerry ID can only be associated to one BlackBerry smartphone and one BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at any given time. In other words, if a personal BlackBerry ID is used for a shared device and that person gets their own BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in the future, you’ll need to set up the shared BlackBerry PlayBook tablet again using a different BlackBerry ID. To help get you started, check out this post on how to create a BlackBerry ID while completing the setup of a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

If you would like to find out more about how a BlackBerry ID works, see Ty’s post BlackBerry ID – Common Questions.

2. BlackBerry Bridge remembers more than one BlackBerry smartphone

Have a BlackBerry smartphone? Perfect! When it’s your turn with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, connect your BlackBerry smartphone to it using BlackBerry Bridge™. More than one smartphone can be used with BlackBerry Bridge on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, so each person can have their messages, contacts, calendar and other BlackBerry Bridge-supported apps and features on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet while they are using it.

Just remember to disable BlackBerry Bridge on your BlackBerry smartphone before handing the device off to someone else; this can be done by clicking on the connected tablet shown in the BlackBerry Bridge app on your smartphone and then selecting Disconnect.

Not familiar with BlackBerry Bridge? Find out how to download it for your smartphone and pair it with a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet by reading Ty’s post BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 and BlackBerry Bridge – The Perfect Pairing!

3. Add Browser Bookmarks to your Home screen

Instead of saving browser bookmarks with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet browser, keep your bookmarks separate by choosing the option to save them to the Home screen instead. From there you can move the bookmark into a specific folder or a panel.

To add a bookmark to the Home screen, all you need to do after loading the website is tap the star icon with the green plus mark that appears in the top right corner of the browser followed by selecting “Add to Home Screen”. You’ll then be prompted to specify a name for the icon that will appear on your home screen.

To move the icon you have just created, tap and hold the icon, which will then start pulsing. You are then able to drag the icon to a folder, a different panel, or a different location within the same panel.

4. Create User Specific Folders and/or Panels for Organization

You can take the bookmarks you added to the Home Screen in the previous tip and add them to a personalized folder or a new panel, which allows you to easily organize your tablet’s Home screen. Try out each method below using the provided steps.

To create a new folder:

1. From the Home screen, touch and hold an icon until it starts pulsing, then drag it over another icon and release
2. Type the name of the new folder in the text box that appears followed by tapping “Create”
3. To add an icon, tap and hold it until it stats to pulse followed by dragging it on top of the Folder you just created.

To create a new panel:

1. From the home screen or adjacent panel, press and hold an icon until it starts pulsing
2. Drag the icon to the right to move it to the next panel; if no panel exists one will be created and the icon will automatically be added to it.

Note: Empty folders and panels are removed automatically.

5. Discover and maximize the value of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and share amongst yourselves

To get the maximum value from the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, I recommend reading all the posts we have on BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 here on the Inside BlackBerry Help Blog. We also have some pretty nifty How-To Demos that will bring you to speed in no time!

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Explore tablet hardware
Using the tablet interface
BlackBerry Bridge
Docs To Go
Print To Go
Video Player
Video Chat
Browsing the web

More about BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0

  1. Help Blog: Getting Started with Email, Contacts and Calendar in BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0
  2. Help Blog: Getting Started with Video Chat in BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0
  3. BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is here!
  4. New Video Chat features with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0
  5. BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Reviews from CES
  6. CES 2012: BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Communicates [Video]

Do you share a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet? We would love to hear about your experience — tell us about it by leaving a comment below!

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