Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry Smartphone Setup Tips

FIVE TIP FRIDAY / 01.04.13 / tywill1

Welcome to our first Five Tip Friday of 2013! Today’s tips: five things you can take advantage of when setting up a new BlackBerry smartphone. For example, did you know that you can perform automatic wireless backups of your smartphone on a daily, weekly or monthly schedule using BlackBerry Protect? It’s an easy way to ensure you can recover your data in the event you drop your smartphone in a lake by mistake like I did last year!

Learn more about BlackBerry Protect and more after the break.

1. Automatic Backups and Location Reporting

I always encourage my family and friends to install BlackBerry Protect, since it provides several useful features such as the ability to automatically back up your smartphone as well as locate your device in the event you’ve misplaced it.

To learn more about BlackBerry Protect including how to get started, check out our post on five reasons why you should use BlackBerry Protect.

2. Device Password

Another tip I always recommend is setting a device password so you can prevent others from accessing your smartphone when you’ve left it unattended.

For a quick overview of how to set a device password as well as the various settings available to you when setting a password, check out our post on how to set a password on a BlackBerry smartphone.

3. How to reset your BlackBerry ID

It’s not uncommon to forget a password, so you should know what to do when you’ve forgotten your BlackBerry ID password. Provided you have access to the email address that is used to access your BlackBerry ID, to reset your password simply visit the BlackBerry ID Password Reset website.

A very important thing to remember is when you reset your BlackBerry ID, the email with the link you’ll need to click to change your password is not sent your BlackBerry smartphone. This is a security precaution to prevent someone who has stolen your device from being able to reset your BlackBerry ID password.

For more information on resetting a BlackBerry ID, visit KB26361 – How to change or reset a BlackBerry ID password.

4. Password Keeper

On the same topic, another app that I recommend trying out is Password Keeper, because it allows you to store all of your passwords in one place. Think of it as a secure vault on your smartphone that you can use to record login credentials, account numbers and more. I’ve been using this app for several years and it has saved me countless times from having to reset a password because I’ve forgotten it.

To learn more and get started, check out Heather’s post on how to set up and use BlackBerry Password Keeper.

5. Learning More and Getting Help

I saved the most important tip for last because I cannot stress the value of learning more about your smartphone. Your smartphone offers lots of features and settings, so to start learning more right away, make sure you check out the Help app that can be found on your device.

In addition to tips, tricks and more contained within the Help app, I’d also encourage you to check out Brian’s post on tips for finding help for your BlackBerry smartphone or BlackBerry PlayBook, where you can find information on how to connect with BlackBerry support as well as other BlackBerry customers.

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