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How to Create and Save a Custom Message Search

Has there ever been a time when you wanted to filter the messages in your BlackBerry’s inbox to see only the outgoing messages, or only the messages from a certain individual? The steps below detail this process. In this example we will create and save a custom search for all incoming PIN messages:

  1. Access the Messages folder on your BlackBerry device.
  2. Press the BlackBerry menu key (or click the scroll wheel) and select Search from the menu.
  3. Scroll down to the Show field and press the ALT key. This will show you a list of the different options.
  4. Highlight Received Only, then press Enter.
  5. Scroll down to the Type field, press the ALT key, select PIN, then press Enter.
  6. Press the menu key (or scroll wheel) and then select Save from the menu.
  7. You will now be at the Save Search dialog box. Type in the Title section “Incoming PINs”.
  8. Scroll to the Shortcut Key (Alt +) field.
  9. Press the ALT key to bring up a selection of available letters. The letter you choose here will be pressed along with the ALT key to run this search later. In this example I will select ‘e’.
  10. Press the menu key again and select Save.

Now that the search is saved it will automatically run, and show you the incoming PIN messages. To get out of that view, simply press the Escape button. To run the search in the future, simply open the Messages folder and press ALT and then letter you chose.

Email reconciliation features for BlackBerry Internet Service

http://www.blackberry.com/btsc/dynamickc.do?externalId=KB05133&sliceID=1&command=show&forward=nonthreadedKC&kcId=KB05133

Battery Usage Tips for BlackBerry

Below are some tips on how to extend the battery usage time for your BlackBerry:

1. Turn the screen brightness down to the lowest setting, and set the Backlight Timeout to 20 or 30 seconds:

  • Go to Options > Screen/Keyboard
  • Set the Backlight Brightness setting to the lowest setting
  • Set the Backlight Timeout to 20 or 30 seconds

2. Turn off options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not needed.

3. Configure the Auto On/Off option (Options > Auto On/Off) to turn the device off when you go to sleep, and come back on when you wake up.

4. Purchase a case or holster that has a magnet which puts the device in standy when inside the case or magnet. When the BlackBerry is in standby mode it saves battery power.

5. If you are in a weak reception area, disable the wireless radio until you are in a better coverage area. This will prevent the wireless radio from constantly checking for a better signal.

These tips should help improve the amount of time you get from your battery.

How to Backup a BlackBerry Device Using Desktop Manager

Now that I am an avid twitter user I try to see what people are talking about in regards to BlackBerry devices. What I am seeing is a lot of people losing their information on their BlackBerry devices whether it be from replacing a crashed BlackBerry, or having to wipe the BlackBerry. So I figured I would create a blog entry on how to backup a BlackBerry device using the Desktop Manager software.

The first step to the process is to obtain the Desktop Manager software and install it on the computer. Right now the software is available for Windows computers, and can be downloaded from here:

http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/desktop/

When you get to the site click the Download button, which will take you to a secondary page where you can select the product you want to download from a drop down list. Select BlackBerry Desktop Software v4.7 in the drop-down list, as shown in the figure below:

software_download_page

After selecting the entry click the Bext button. Under the drop-down list you will be presented with several download options. For our purposes we will download the option that says Desktop Manager 4.7.0 B59 Multilanguage – Without Media Manager (4.7.0 is the latest version of Desktop Manager at this time). After clicking the download link you will be taken to a form where you will need to fill in some information and submit it, and then you will be able to download and install the program. The other option for installing Desktop Manager is to use the installation CD that was supplied with your BlackBerry device.

Once you have the program installed and opened, follow the steps below to create a backup of your BlackBerry:

  1. Connect your BlackBerry to your computer with a USB cable.
  2. In Desktop Manager click the Backup and Restore option.
  3. A secondary screen will display, where you will be presented with three main options: Backup, Restore and Advanced. Click the Backup button in the Backup section.
  4. You will be presented with a dialog box asking you where you want to save your backup file (.ipd extension). Select a location that you will remember.
  5. I recommend leaving the file name how it is. Desktop Manager puts the date of the backup in the file name, which is cool.
  6. Once you have your location, click the Save button.

Desktop Manager will go through and make a backup of your BlackBerry device, which can be used to restore information back to your BlackBerry at a later date. I recommend doing this procedure once per week.

5 Free, Must-Have Applications for BlackBerrys

No matter what BlackBerry device I have, these 5 applications are always installed on them:

  1. Poynt: Poynt is a free local search application that integrates nicely with the BlackBerry. You can search for businesses, movies and even get directions. Download it by going to http://m.mypoynt.com/ota using the BlackBerry browser.
  2. Bitlify: Bitlify allows you to shorten long web addresses using the bit.ly service. This is great to sending long URLs via email or in BlackBerry Messenger. Download it by going to http://bit.ly/3sKsSj using the BlackBerry browser.
  3. BBFileScout: This awesome file browser provides functionality that RIM should incorporate in the operating system to begin with. With the ability to create new directories and ZIP files, this program continues to be a regular on my BlackBerry. Get it by browsing to http://bb.emacf1.com/ota/BBFileScout.jad.
  4. Viigo: Known as one of the best RSS readers for the BlackBerry, they have also added additional services like sports, weather and even restaurant services. Get it at http://getviigo.com/default
  5. BBWeather: Do I need to rock shorts or bring an umbrella? BBWeather can give a 3-day forcast, as well as hourly conditions of the weather per day. Definitely a must have. Pick it up at http://www.tateu.net/software/bb.php?f=BBWeather_alpha

Tips for Battling a Sluggish BlackBerry

We have all been there before. The hour glass on your BlackBerry continually shows up, making it nearly impossible for you to do anything. Below are a couple tips to help overcome sluggish performance.

1) When in Doubt, Pull It Out (the battery)

Performing a hard reset on the BlackBerry is the fastest way to cure sluggish performance. The hard reset ensures that any running programs or processes are closed out. The caveat is that you have to wait for your device to reboot. To perform a hard reset:

  1. Remove the battery cover from the back of your BlackBerry.
  2. Remove the battery from the BlackBerry WHILE the device is still powered on.
  3. Leave the battery out for 30 seconds.
  4. Reinsert the battery and put the battery cover back on.

2) Close Unused Programs

I have seem many users of BlackBerry devices simply press the red End Call key thinking that they are closing out of a program. This is typically NOT the case. The End Call key simply takes one back to the Home Screen and leaves the program running in the background. To properly close out of a program you must press the BlackBerry menu key (for older devices click the scroll wheel) and then select Exit or Close. Properly closing out of programs when not using them will allow the BlackBerry to perform at its best.

3) Optimize BlackBerry for Maximum Memory

Check out the 5 tips below to maximize the internal memory on your BlackBerry. This will also help out with issues like deleted call logs and messages:

Move media files to memory cards

If you have a current-generation BlackBerry device (Pearl series, 88xx series, Curve series) it is recommend you purchase and install a microSD memory card. This will allow you to save any media files to the memory card, thus freeing up the BlackBerry’s main memory. To store pictures on the media card perform the following steps (for Pearl and Curve series):

  1. Go to the Camera icon on the Home Screen
  2. Once the Camera module opens press the BlackBerry menu key (the one immediately to the left of the track ball), and then select Options.
  3. Set the Store Pictures option to On Media Card
  4. Press the BlackBerry menu key again and save the changes.

Remove unused languages and the sample video

The BlackBerry device may come with extra languages you don’t need, and a sample video, which are unnecessarily taking up precious space. Perform the following steps to remove them:

  1. Go to Options > Advanced Options > Applications. You will see a list of your applications.
  2. Scroll down in the list and highlight a language you don’t need.
  3. Press the BlackBerry menu key, then select delete.
  4. If it asks you to reboot, select No.
  5. Continue steps 2-4 for any other languages.
  6. Scroll and highlight the BlackBerry Sample Video.
  7. Press the BlackBerry menu key, then select Delete.
  8. If prompted to restart, select Yes. If not prompted, simply remove the battery from the BlackBerry (while it is still powered on) for 30 seconds, then reinsert. This is called a hard reset.

Reduce amount of memory allocated for pictures and media

  1. Go to Media > Pictures.
  2. Press the BlackBerry menu key, then select Options.
  3. Set the Device Memory Limit option to the lowest available amount of memory.
  4. Also, set the reserved Pictures Memory setting to 0MB. Note: this will require you to have a media card as there will be no allocated memory available for saving pictures.
  5. Save the changes, then perform a hard reset.

Reduce calendar and message storage days

  1. Go to the Calendar icon, press the BlackBerry menu key, then select Options > General Options.
  2. Scroll to the Keep Appointments option and set it to 15 or 30 days.
  3. Save the changes.
  4. Open the Messages icon, press the BlackBerry menu key, then select Options > General Options.
  5. Scroll to the Keep Messages option and set it for 15 or 30 days.
  6. Save the changes

Clear the browser cache and history

  1. Open the Browser icon.
  2. Press the BlackBerry menu key, then select Options > Cache Operations.
  3. Clear all of the options.
  4. Press the Escape key. A Cleaning memory dialog box will display. Once it is finished the dialog box will disappear.

Clear the system log

  1. On the home screen hold down the ALT key, and then type LGLG.
  2. Press the menu key, then select Clear Log.
  3. Select Delete when asked to verify if you want to delete the log.