Tips and Tricks

Many of the current tips and tricks on this page have been lifted and copied from the tips and tricks forum page on Crackberry. I have removed acknowledgment of the tips to keep the page clean, streamlined, and clutter free. Feel free to add your name to list of contributors at the bottom of the page if you would like. This is a link to the original forum page with appropriate credits.

  • When you're in "Lock" mode hold down the mute key to toggle to vibrate profile and back.
  • Holding down the Blackberry Menu button brings up the app switcher.
  • When the keyboard is up swipe your finger down across the keyboard to make it disappear, repeat opposite to make it appear.
  • Touch (not click) a message and hold your finger there it will do a search for messages with the same subject. An interesting way to filter your message list (this works if you touch and hold over a message subject OR the sender's name). Works in both e-mails and SMS messages.
  • 1. Touch the sentence you want to change and hold your finger there (don't click!). 2. The cursor will turn from a solid blue to just an outline of a rectangle. 3. Then just slide your finger in either direction (or up and down if the item you're editing has more than one line of text) and you can place the cursor exactly where you want it.
  • Change Browser Identification

Go to
Browser>Menu Key>Options>Browser Configuration>Browser Identification
Set this to either Firefox or Internet Explorer. Now every website will think you're a pc rather then a phone. This trick is also good for online banking that requires a certain browser etc.

  • Easy way to transfer Audio/Video files
    1. Make sure you have installed the Blackberry User Tools disc
    2. Double click on BlackBerry 9530
    3. Double click on My Computer
    4. Double click on Media Card
    5. You can either drag all your media into this folder or create a new folder for your media. I created two folders one for music and one for movies.

Once the copying is complete just click on Media on your phone and it should all be there.

  • When using the Camera, slide you finger from bottom > top to zoom IN and from top > bottom to zoom out
  • To get the Event Log (when you want to do some memory clean up) you do the similar ALT LGLG command from the keyboard bb's but it ends up being:

!?123 "
!?123 /
!?123 "
!?123 /

  • Number Lock: Hold down ?!123 key in portrait/landscape mode for a couple of seconds it will number lock the keyboard. So you'll be able to use the numbers with out hitting it over and over again
  • While browsing the web, 2x tap the screen will zoom in. To zoom out, hit the bb escape button
  • When you plug in the phone it automatically goes into one of the three different clock settings. If you have it near your bed at night go into the clock > menu button > bedside mode. What this does is dim the screen, and stop the led from blinking. You can even have it turn off the radio. This means no annoying blinking lights at night!
  • After typing a message you can swipe down the keyboard and press the send button.
  • To get album art to appear on the device in media player, make sure that when you add the art in Roxio you have embed data in file box checked.
  • Press the call button twice, it will bring up last number called. Hold it down it will bring up the contact list.
  • When you are typing and coming to the end of the sentence, instead of hitting !?123 and then '.' just quickly double tap the spacebar and TADA! it adds a period.
  • When using the keyboard, if you click the letter you want and hold it down for a second it will type caps
  • While using suretype, after you type a word, before pressing space you hover for a second and swipe towards the word it will allow you to highlight a letter and give you the other letter option on the suretype key. I.e. you can highlight the letter q and it will give you the option to replace it with w
  • When typing a message in landscape, if a suggested correction pops up, pressing "space" or "return" automatically accepts the correction. If you do not want to accept this correction, one way to bypass it is to click anywhere on the screen. However, doing so can hinder the speed at which you are typing. Instead, you can cancel the autocorrection and continue typing normally by pressing the "period" (".") key.

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  • While viewing your messages (email,sms and mms) you can quickly find all the messages you've had with a single contact by simply holding your finger over (not clicking) the contact for about 3 seconds. You should see a blue status bar fill up and then "searching…". After the search is complete you will see all the messages you had with the contact you selected.
  • Shortcuts for phone information in txt's or emails.

this inserts your phone number

this inserts your pin number for bb

this will show your device model and current os version, or app version
(the reason I say app version is for email its going to display your OS version, but in aim msn and most other apps it will display the APP version along with device version if that makes sense)

  • If you accidentally press down on the wrong menu item, you cannot slide your finger up or down to select the intended item; however, if you slide your finger off of the menu entirely (to somewhere else on the screen) before you lift your finger up, it will not perform the unintended action (if you slide your finger somewhere else on the menu (but nowhere near the item you've mis-selected, it'll still do the mis-selected action).
  • For a quick status check (including signal strength and battery level), press and hold the "Return" key…while holding this key, tap the upper-left corner of the screen (tap, not click), then the upper-right corner of the screen, then upper-left again, then upper-right again…then release the "Return" key.
  • When you plug in the phone it automatically goes into one of the three different clock settings. If you have it near your bed at night go into the clock > menu button > bedside mode. What this does is dim the screen, and stop the led from blinking. You can even have it turn off the radio. This means no annoying blinking lights at night!
  • The TY / JK / BN / DF make a clockwise visual d-pad (around the G H key) for UP/RIGHT/DOWN/LEFT or PREV MSG/NEXT DAY/NEXT MSG/PREV DAY. The keys completing the square cluster of keys here give you the remaining navigation. The outlying keys give you the quick composition/reply/forward options. G H will open the selected message.

"U" - Page Up

"E R" - top of list
"C V" - bottom of list

"M" - Page Down

"T Y" - scroll up (select previous message)
"B N" - scroll down (select next message)

"D F" - Previous Day
"J K" - Next Day

"Q W" - reply
"A S" - reply to all

"O P" - Forward
" L" - Compose Email

  • If you swipe in the subject line of the message, however, you go to the previous/next message in the conversation thread.
  • If you press and hold the back button it closes out of an application vs. pressing menu and then close.
  • How to increase responsiveness of screen

1. Change your swipe speed to 6
2. lower your tap interval to 250
3. Raise your hover to 300
4. Set left side convenience key to show the keyboard
5. Keep right side as camera
6. Get in the habit of moveing your finger from letter to letter with out taking it off the screen
7. only use your right thumb on the right side in qwerty and left thumb on left side. do NOT reach over, it causes more issues than you would think because its not set up that way.
8. Install BB desktop software and then check for updates. Even if there are no updates hit next to choose to load a module.
9. Pick something that wasnt on the default install that you would like or something that you wouldnt care as long as it was not on there before.
10. Go through the backup and then let it wipe the os and reinstall everything. It will help, regardless of the build you got from VZ.
11. Set voice dial up so that its on the main 8 that you see from the default home screen.
12. last but not least, learn to love sure type mode lol i know we all love qwerty but trust me. This phone is ten times faster in suretype and fairly accurate to boot. It has yet to steer me wrong and my pearl almost never did.

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