Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10 Search Tips

FIVE TIP FRIDAY / 07.19.13 / tywill1


Happy Friday! To kick off the weekend, here are five BlackBerry 10 search related tips you’ll want to know about!

1. How to quickly view unread, flagged, or messages with attachments only

To help manage email faster, here’s a tip that you can use to find specific types of messages. For example, I always use flags in my emails and use this tip daily so I can drill down to see the messages that I need to action.

  1. Access the BlackBerry Hub & tap the Search icon along the bottom toolbar
  2. Tap on the three bar icon that appears in the top left corner
  3. Tap Unread, Flagged, or Attachments
  4. Tap the three bar icon again
  5. When finished, to clear a search, tap Cancel in the top right corner.

2. Search using the Voice Control App

Need to remain hands free? If so, complete searches using the Voice Control app instead of typing!

  1. Press the hold the Mute key to open the Voice Control app
  2. After the beep, say your search term
    • To search your device, use a term similar to search messages from Ty
    • To search the internet, use a term similar to search the internet for BBQ recipes


3. Remote message search

Depending on what type of email accounts you have setup on your BlackBerry 10 device, you may have the option of performing remote search for additional messages. For example, I was looking for an email that contained a specific shipping address that was no longer stored on my device. Thanks to remote search, I was able to search my entire mailbox and view the results on my device which allowed me to get the shipping address, and continue on with my day.

Here’s a quick overview of how to use this feature and please keep me in mind, if you do not see a Remote Search option, your email account provider does not support this feature.

  1. Access the BlackBerry Hub & tap the Search icon along the bottom toolbar
  2. Perform a search and look for the Remote Search option along the bottom

4. Clear your search history or optionally turn search history off

This tip might come in handy around the holidays or a loved ones birthday to help avoid spoiling gift surprises. It’s the ability to clear your search history or disable it completely.

  1. While viewing the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Search
  3. To turn off Search History, set the switch Search History to Off
  4. To clear your Search History, tap Delete Search History

Bonus: On the topic of clearing history and covering your tracks, here’s how to clear your browsing history while using BlackBerry 10

5. Customize your search settings

When performing a search on a BlackBerry 10 device a variety of categories will be searched so you can find what you need and fast. Here’s how to control what search categories are used as well as setting the order the search results appear in.

  1. While viewing the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Search
  3. Select one of the following options:
    • For on-device search options, tap Categories
    • For extended search options, tap Extended
  4. To turn off a search category, uncheck the box
  5. To change the search order, tap and hold an item followed by hitting the Up or Down arrows
  6. When finished, tap Back to save your changes

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To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit for access to product manuals, 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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