Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10.3 Personalization Tips

FIVE TIP FRIDAY / 10.31.14 / tywill1

The weekend is almost here, which means it’s time for another Five Tip Friday!

Today’s topic, five tips you can use to personalize BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3 😀

Give your device a nickname

Follow these steps to set a nickname on your BlackBerry 10 device so it’s easy to identify it on a Wi-Fi network or, for example, when you connect to other devices using Bluetooth.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap BB103-Settings Settings, and then tap About
  3. Enter the new name for your device in the Device Name field


Set a lock screen message

Something I encourage all of my family and friends to do is set a lock screen message with their name, and alternate contact information. Doing so can help someone contact you in the event you’ve misplaced your device.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap BB103-Settings Settings, and then tap Security and Privacy
  3. Tap Lock Screen
  4. In the Lock Screen Message fields, type your desired message


Set a lock screen and home screen wallpaper

New in BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3 is the ability to use two different wallpapers. For example, you can set your lock screen wallpaper to a nice picture of scenery you’ve captured, and set your home screen wallpaper to a personal picture of your family or significant other.

  1. Open a picture
  2. Tap , and then tap Wallpaper
    • Optionally crop, add filters, and more using the Pictures editor
  3. Tap Done
  4. Select Lock Screen, Home Screen, or Both
  5. Tap Ok


Show your wallpaper when all apps are closed

You can optionally set your device to show your wallpaper instead of your app icons when all of your apps (active frames) are closed.

Doing so allows you to have a clear view of your home screen wallpaper so you can always see it, which is a nice touch if you’ve set it to a picture of a loved one.

  1. From the home screen, tap BB103-Settings Settings
  2. Tap Display
  3. Turn on Show Wallpaper When All Apps Are Closed

Customize the Quick Settings menu

The Quick Settings menu is a great way to access commonly used options, and best of all you can customize what options appear, and the order they appear in.

To see the Quick Settings menu, while viewing your home screen swipe down from the top of the screen using one finger. You can also access the Quick Settings menu from within any app by swiping down from the top of the screen using two fingers as per the following image.

To view Quick Settings from the home screen
To view Quick Settings from within an app
  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap BB103-Settings Settings followed by Quick Settings
    • To add or remove items, select or clear the check boxes
    • To change the order of items, tap . Touch and drag the item you’d like to move to a new location, and then tap Save


Depending on the number of items you add you can swipe right, or left to see them all!

Got a question or suggestions for an upcoming Five Tip Friday, leave a comment and let me know!

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