BlackBerry Bible: Everything You Need to Know About Your RIM Smartphone--and PlayBook Tablet

From keyboard shortcuts and tricks from mobile experts, to free software downloads, battery life tips, device reviews and insider commentary, we offer you our expert guide to help you master your smartphone and earn a BlackBerry black belt.

Tips and Tricks

BlackBerry Tip: How to Avoid a "Bricked" or "Nuked" BlackBerry's Al Sacco offers advice on one way to help ensure you never find yourself with a BlackBerry that's stuck in an endless reboot cycle or frozen on a BlackBerry error screen.

BlackBerry PlayBook Tips for All RIM Tablet Users

Got yourself a shiny new BlackBerry PlayBook? Learn how to get more done in less time, boost tablet security, manage applications and more, using these seven easy PlayBook tips and tricks, courtesy of's Al Sacco.

BlackBerry PlayBook with Battery Life Indicator
BlackBerry PlayBook with Battery Life Indicator

BlackBerry PlayBook Security Tips: How to Protect Your Tablet

Boost your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet security and protect your personal privacy with these simple tips and tricks, from's mobile maestro Al Sacco.

BlackBerry PlayBook Battery Tips: How to Make Your Tablet Last Longer

A recent BlackBerry PlayBook OS update has weakened overall tablet battery life for many RIM PlayBook owners. Here are six quick and easy PlayBook battery tips and tricks to help counteract the update's negative effects and boost your tablet's battery life.

BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat Behind the Firewall: Ports and Port Forwarding

Research In Motion (RIM) has posted information for IT admins to help ensure BlackBerry PlayBook tablet Video Chat functions properly via firewall-protected corporate networks.

The 10 Best BlackBerry Shortcuts's BlackBerry black belt Al Sacco shares his 10 favorite and most frequently used BlackBerry keyboard shortcuts, tips and tricks.

Best BlackBerry Battery-Saving Tips: Master Class

The longer your smartphone lasts on a single charge, the better, right?'s mobile expert Al Sacco details the techniques power users swear by to boost BlackBerry longevity.

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 Slider
The BlackBerry Torch 9800 Slider (Image Credit: Brian Sacco)

BlackBerry Quick Tip: How to Customize Speed Dial in BlackBerry 6 OS's mobile watcher Al Sacco explains how to create custom speed-dial lists using RIM's BlackBerry OS 6, so BlackBerry smartphone users need only press and hold one key to call important contacts.

BlackBerry How-To: Customize "In-Holster" Call, Alert Settings's mobile master Al Sacco explains how to change and set custom BlackBerry notification- and alert-settings for RIM smartphones when used along with compatible holsters, cases and pockets.

BlackBerry How-To: Downgrade the OS on Your RIM Smartphone's Al Sacco offers up this step-by-step tutorial on how to "downgrade" or return to an older version of the OS software on a BlackBerry smartphone.

BlackBerry 6 Security: How to Wipe Your RIM Smartphone, Restore Factory Settings's BlackBerry black belt Al Sacco details the process to security wipe a BlackBerry smartphone running RIM's latest mobile OS, BlackBerry 6.

BlackBerry Messenger Quick Tips: Mastering BBM Basics

RIM's BlackBerry-specific mobile IM service, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), is an easy and effective way to keep in touch with other RIM smartphone users.'s BlackBerry beat-reporter Al Sacco shares tips on getting the most from BBM.

BlackBerry Tip: Add "Slang" to Dictionary to Reduce Unwanted Spell-Check Corrections

Al Sacco explains how to add slang, proper names or misspelled words to your BlackBerry's custom dictionary so they're not flagged during spell-checks.

BlackBerry How To: Tether Your PC to the Internet via Smartphone

Get Internet connectivity via PC anywhere using your BlackBerry.'s BlackBerry black belt Al Sacco explains how to "tether" a Windows PC to the Internet using your RIM smartphone's wireless network connection.

BlackBerry Quick Tip: How to Transfer Files via Bluetooth in OS 5.0's BlackBerry beat-reporter Al Sacco details the process for transferring media and other files wirelessly via Bluetooth between BlackBerry smartphones running OS 5.0.

BlackBerry App Management Best Practices's BlackBerry black belt Al Sacco shares tips and tricks on how to get the most from BlackBerry applications, while at the same time ensuring those apps don't negatively affect your smartphone's performance.

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) Best Practices: Six Tips's Al Sacco shares tips on how to get more from RIM's BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) mobile IM app, avoid common pitfalls and keep your device protected from related security threats.

More BlackBerry Battery Tips: Seven Ways to Make Your Smartphone Last Longer

BlackBerry devices used to be renowned for their impressively long battery lives. But with all the features and functionalities packed into modern RIM smartphones during the past couple of years, some of that battery longevity has vanished.'s Al Sacco offers up seven advanced tips that he regularly employs to ensure his BlackBerry keeps on ticking...and ticking and ticking.

BlackBerry Bold Batteries
BlackBerry Bold Batteries

BlackBerry Security Basics: Five Tips to Keep Your Smartphone Safe

BlackBerry smartphones are known for security, but if you don't know the common gotchas, your new or "unsecured" BlackBerry device could be a disaster waiting to happen.'s "CrackBerry" addict Al Sacco offers five BlackBerry security tips to fix your smartphone security holes and reduce unnecessary risk.

BlackBerry Tip: How to Separate BIS and BES E-Mail's BlackBerry watcher Al Sacco details two different ways to create separate e-mail inboxes for personal (BIS) and corporate (BES) mail in BlackBerry OS 5.0.

BlackBerry How-To: Using E-Mail Message Flags in BlackBerry OS 5.0

A new feature within RIM's recently released BlackBerry handheld OS 5.0 lets BlackBerry users "flag" e-mail messages for follow-up, set custom reminders, assign different color flags to specific messages and edit detailed flag properties. Here's how to effectively use the new BlackBerry e-mail flags.

BlackBerry Quick Tip: How to Archive, Organize App World Software

BlackBerry smartphone users can free up valuable software storage space by "archiving" App World mobile applications they don't use frequently on external memory cards for easy future access. Here's how to archive those apps, as well as how to keep such apps in order.

"Top 10" BlackBerry Troubleshooting Tips & Tricks from RIM

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) offers up ten smartphone troubleshooting tips and tricks for CrackBerry addicts of all ilk.

How to Unlock Your BlackBerry for U.S., Int'l GSM

Got a shiny new BlackBerry? Want to use it on another carrier in the United States? Or a GSM carrier overseas? No worries. Here are two methods for unlocking your BlackBerry--one of which is completely free, though it's not guaranteed to work for everyone.

image of Unlocked Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Tour Running on AT&T
Unlocked Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Tour Running on AT&T

BlackBerry FAQ Answered: Why is Software in Applications List in BOLD Text?'s Al Sacco explains why certain apps within BlackBerry users' Applications lists are bolded, while others appear in normal, non-bold lettering.

BlackBerry Tips: Using Folders to Unclutter Your RIM Smartphone

Research In Motion's (RIM) latest slogan is "Life on BlackBerry." And rightly so; BlackBerry owners turn to the devices to store more and more data and applications for life inside the corporate walls and out. Here's how to use BlackBerry folders to organize and manage all that clutter.

BlackBerry Browser Shortcuts: Killer Keyboard Tips & Tricks

Boost your BlackBerry Web browsing experience with these can't-miss keyboard shortcuts, for newbies and power-users alike.

Best BlackBerry Shortcuts: Aflac's Mobile Guru Shares Tips

Aflac's BlackBerry guru shares power tips and tricks for your RIM smartphone. Here's how to improve your typing, messaging, browsing, attachment handling and more.

Five Essential RIM BlackBerry Keyboard Tips and Tricks

Add another notch to your Research In Motion BlackBerry black belt with these great smartphone keyboard tips and tricks.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 and Bold 9700 Keyboards
BlackBerry Torch 9800 and Bold 9700 Keyboards (Image Credit: Brian Sacco)

Advanced Keyboard Shortcuts for Power Users

Always looking for new ways to do more with your RIM BlackBerry? Learn the following tips and tricks, including two from the co-CEO of RIM himself, and take your smartphone prowess to a whole new level.

BlackBerry Storm Shortcuts: 20 Touch Screen Tips and Tricks

The new BlackBerry Storm smartphone is packing a brand new version of RIM's handheld OS, v4.7, and with that OS comes a whole new set of shortcuts. These 20 tips and tricks will help you get the most out of your shiny, new Storm--and its SurePress touch screen.

More Advanced BlackBerry Keyboard Tips and Tricks for Power Users

Think you know all the typing, messaging, browser and navigation shortcuts for your BlackBerry smartphone? Don't be so sure. We've got new valuable tips and tricks in our most recent list of BlackBerry shortcuts for advanced users.

BlackBerry GPS Navigation Tips: Mastering BlackBerry & TeleNav Navigator

TeleNav Navigator gives BlackBerry and other smartphone owners instant access to a slew of valuable features, including audible driving directions with real-time traffic alerts, various maps and mapping services and local search. Here's how to get even more from one of the best BlackBerry navigation applications on the scene.

BlackBerry How To: Change E-Mail Signatures (BIS & BES)

BlackBerry e-mail auto-signatures let you save time on typing and reduce unnecessary strain on BlackBerry thumbs, as well as proactively apologize for possible typos. Follow these simple steps to create, modify or erase BlackBerry e-mail signatures--for both personal, or BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS), and corporate, or BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), accounts.

BlackBerry Tips & Tricks: Boost Your BlackBerry Digital Camera Experience

The latest edition of Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry Connection newsletter went out yesterday, and the mailing included more than a dozen tips and tricks on how to improve your BlackBerry-digital-camera know-how. Most of the suggestions are fairly basic, but they're worth a look--especially if you frequently employ your smartphone to snap pictures. I've also got a couple of related tips of my own that you won't find in any RIM newsletter. Keep reading for specifics.

image of a couple on couch taking pictures with BlackBerry

BlackBerry Tip: Delete Carrier Crapware, Icons (We're Looking at You, AT&T)

Did your wireless carrier push out a handful of unwanted apps and games to your BlackBerry? No worries. Delete or hide those dastardly downloads with these simple steps.

BlackBerry Bold Tip: Fix AT&T Cellular Video Glitches

Since the first time I fired up the AT&T Cellular Video application on my BlackBerry Bold 9000, I've experienced maddening variation in streaming video quality due to the device's tendency to switch back and forth between 3G and 2.5G EDGE while Cellular Video is in use--even with full 3G network coverage. The service usually works great over 3G, but it's a choppy nightmare over the slower EDGE cellular connection. Luckily, I found a quick workaround that helps ensure my Cellular Video experience is as smooth as possible.

BlackBerry How To: Back Up and Restore Handheld Data

Backing up the information on your BlackBerry regularly can be the difference between a minor headache--temporarily missing contacts--and a full-blown catastrophe--permanently deleted personal data. Follow these four simple steps and avoid the later scenario.

Five Tips: Get More Battery Life from Your RIM BlackBerry

Nothing lasts forever--especially your BlackBerry's battery. But you can prolong the life of your power supply. Follow these five tips to extend your RIM smartphone's run time.

image of BlackBerry Desktop Manager screen

How To Use BlackBerry Desktop Manager to Load, Update, or Remove Software

Unsure of how to load new applications on your BlackBerry using Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry Desktop Manager software instead of over the air? Check out this step by step guide.

BlackBerry How To: Change Home Screen Images, Backgrounds

Customize your RIM BlackBerry smartphone in no time using unique home screen images. Follow these three simple steps to locate, download and change BlackBerry wallpapers.

BlackBerry How To: Set Custom Ringtones, Notification Profiles and Exceptions

Your BlackBerry lets you assign specific ringtones to individuals and even create your own phone profiles and exceptions so important calls can still ring through when the device is on vibrate. Here's how.

BlackBerry How To: Download and Install New Themes

Your Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry can be equipped with a plethora of "themes" that reflect how icons and data are presented on your home screen. Here's how to find the right themes for you, then download and install new options.

BlackBerry How To: Free Up Device Memory

Power users of BlackBerry smartphones need all the device memory they can get. These seven tips can help free up memory and keep your handheld running as smoothly as possible.

BlackBerry How To: Determine Memory Use, Avoid Performance Degradation

Load up too many apps without proactively managing your BlackBerry's memory and you could end up with an underperforming--or even worse, frozen--smartphone. Here's how to determine memory use, as well as total application space, and avoid trouble.

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