Five Tip Friday – PRIV Sound & notifications

FIVE TIP FRIDAY / 03.04.16 / tywill1

Today’s topic, five PRIV Sound & notifications tips and tricks you’ll want to know about!

When the PRIV screen is locked, notifications will appear when you wake the device, either by pressing the power key or double tapping the display.#1 – Customize lock screen notifications

If, when you set up PRIV for the first time, you selected “Show all notification content”, notifications will appear with content on your lock screen. This is important because it means if someone picks up your device, they can see content of recent notifications. For example, if someone sent you an email, the notification will show who sent it to you, and the first line of the message.

You can change this feature so the content in your notifications is hidden, or notifications do not appear at all using the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings > Sound & notification
  2. Tap When device is locked
  3. Select one of the following:
    • Show all notification content
    • Hide sensitive notification content
    • Don’t show notifications at all


#2 – Switch to vibrate only

When you need to silence your device, but would like to get notified of incoming messages or calls consider placing your device into vibrate only mode.

To do this, press the Volume Up or Volume Down key, followed by tapping on the Bell icon (circled in red), or press the Volume Down key until your device vibrates. To switch back to audible notifications press the Volume Up key until you reach your preferred notification volume.


#3 – Switch to phone calls only

When you want to get notified for phone calls only complete the steps below to set calls as a priority interruption. This will result in an audible notification for phone calls only 🙂

  1. Go to Settings > Sound & notification
  2. Tap Interruptions
  3. Within Priority interruptions, turn on Calls
  4. Turn off Events and reminders (optional)
  5. Optionally, select one of the following within Calls/messages from:
    • Anyone
    • Starred contacts only
    • Contacts only

After completing these steps, switch to the Priority notification profile and you will receive audible alerts only when someone calls you. To do this, press the Volume Up, or Volume Down keys followed by tapping Priority, and finally tapping Indefinitely, or setting a length using the ‘For X hours’ option.

#4 – Turn off vibration when typing using the virtual keyboard

When using the virtual BlackBerry Keyboard, PRIV will vibrate as you type, but this feature can be turned off:

  1. Go to Settings > Sound & notification
  2. Tap Language & input
  3. Tap BlackBerry Keyboard Settings
  4. Tap Key press feedback
  5. Turn off Vibrate


#5 – Other sounds, vibrate on touch, and screen locks sounds

For our final tip, here are four settings related to sounds & notifications that you might want to customize.

To turn these features on or off complete the following:

  1. Go to Settings > Sound & notification
  2. Tap Other sounds
  3. Turn off, or turn on the following:
    • Dial pad tones
    • Screen locking sounds
    • Touch sounds
    • Vibrate on touch

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

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