Important keys

Applications

Status indicators

Set up your smartphone

Import your contacts

Switch smartphones

Set a password

Compose and send an email

Compose and send a text message

BlackBerry Messenger

Add a BBM contact using a barcode

Show your barcode

Make a call

Phone tips

Browse the Internet

Zoom in to or out from a webpage

Open, close, or switch between tabs

Take a picture

Record a video

Use a picture as your smartphone wallpaper

Turn on, turn off, or check the status of a network connection

Turn on or turn off Bluetooth technology

Connecting to your computer

Sync your media files

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Important keys

Keys on the front of your BlackBerry smartphone

Image of trackpad

Trackpad

  • Slide your finger to move around the screen.
  • Press (click) to select an item.
  • Press and hold to open a pop-up menu.

Image of Menu key

Menu

  • Open a menu.
  • Select a menu item.
  • Press and hold to switch applications quickly.

Image of Escape key

Escape

  • Return to the previous screen.
  • Close the menu.

Image of Send key

Send

  • Make a call.
  • Answer a call.

Image of End/Power key

End/Power

  • End a call.
  • Return to the home screen.
  • Press and hold to turn on or turn off your BlackBerry smartphone.

Keys on the top of your smartphone

Image of Lock key

Lock

Lock your keyboard.

Keys on the right side of your smartphone

Image of Volume/Mute keys

Volume/Mute

  • Press the top and bottom keys to change the volume.
  • Press and hold the top or bottom key to play the next or previous media file.
  • Before you take a picture or record a video, press the top or bottom key to zoom in or out.
  • Press the middle key to mute a call or mute the volume.

Image of Convenience key

Convenience key

  • If supported, open the camera.
  • If supported, take a picture.
  • You can also customize this key.

Keys on your keyboard

Image of Shift key

Shift

Capitalize letters.

Image of Alt key

Alt

Type the alternate character on a key.

Image of Symbol key

Symbol

Open the symbol list.

Image of Backspace/Delete key

Backspace/Delete

Delete the previous character or a selected item.

Image of Enter key

Enter

Select an item.

Image of Speakerphone key

Speakerphone

Turn on or turn off the speakerphone during a call.

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Applications

Image of Messages icon

Messages

Send emails and other messages.

Image of Text Messages icon

Text Messages

Send text messages.

Image of Browser icon

Browser

Browse websites.

Image of Media icon

Media

See saved pictures, play songs, and more.

Image of Instant Messaging icon

BlackBerry Messenger

Chat with friends or colleagues.

Image of Camera icon

Camera

Take pictures.

FM Radio (if supported)

Listen to the radio. When listening to the radio, use your headphones because they are the antenna.

Image of Options icon

Options

Set options. You can find more options in each application menu.

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Manage Connections

Set up wireless connections, such as a Bluetooth connection.

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Help

Find the user guide here or click Help in a menu.

For more icons, see the Icon Guide at docs.blackberry.com/icons/71.

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Status indicators

Home screen

Image of new notification indicator

New notification

Image of alarm set indicator

Alarm set

Image of unopened message count indicator

Unopened message count

Image of BlackBerry Messenger indicator

BlackBerry Messenger

Image of social feeds indicator

Social feeds

Image of roaming indicator

Roaming

Image of BlackBerry App World notification indicator

BlackBerry App World notification

Image of send and receive indicator

Sending or receiving data

Image of Wi-Fi indicator

Wi-Fi turned on

Image of Bluetooth indicator

Bluetooth technology turned on

Messages

Image of unopened message indicator

Unopened

Image of opened message indicator

Opened

Image of text message indicator

Text message

Image of sent message indicator

Sent message

Image of message sending indicator

Message is sending

Image of message not sent indicator

Message not sent

Phone

Image of missed call indicator

Missed call

Image of voice mail message indicator

Voice mail message

For more icons, click the Help (Image of Help icon) icon or see the Icon Guide at docs.blackberry.com/icons/71.

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Set up your smartphone

  1. If prompted, set up your BlackBerry ID. BlackBerry ID is a username and password that gives you access to BlackBerry apps, such as BlackBerry App World storefront. Setting up BlackBerry ID is optional, but you might need it to use certain apps.

    When you create a new BlackBerry ID, in the Username field, enter an email address that can be accessed from a browser on a computer (for example, a Google Mail or Yahoo! Mail email account).

    Make sure that you record your password recovery question and answer for future use.

  2. Open the Setup app to set up your email and other apps.

Image of Setup icon and Setup screen

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Import your contacts

You can import your contacts from a SIM card or by using the BlackBerry Desktop Software. To download BlackBerry Desktop Software, go to www.blackberry.com/desktopsoftware.

If you have a SIM card, on the home screen, click the Setup icon > SIM Contacts Sync icon.

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Switch smartphones

To move data from a previous BlackBerry smartphone, do the following:
  1. On your computer, open the BlackBerry Desktop Software.
  2. Connect your new smartphone to your computer.
  3. Click Copy data and settings from another device and complete the instructions on the screen.
  4. If necessary, on your new smartphone, click the Setup icon > Email Accounts and complete the instructions on the screen.
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Set a password

  1. On the Home screen, click the Setup icon > Password icon.
  2. Select Enable > click Set Password, and follow the prompts.
To lock your smartphone, on the Home screen, click the Password Lock icon.

Record your password for future use.

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Compose and send an email

  1. On the home screen, click the Messages icon.
  2. Press the Menu key > Compose Email.
  3. In the To field, type an email address or a contact name.
  4. Type a message.
  5. Press the Menu key > Send.
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Compose and send a text message

The number of recipients that you can send a text message to depends on your wireless service provider.
  1. On the home screen, click the Text Messages icon.
  2. Press the Menu key > Compose Text Message.
  3. In the To field, do one of the following:
    • Type a contact name.
    • Press the Menu key > Choose Contact. Click a contact.
    • Type a phone number that can receive text messages (including the country code and area code). For languages with non-Latin characters, press the Alt key to type numbers. Press the Enter key on the keyboard.
    • If your BlackBerry smartphone is connected to a CDMA network, you can type an email address.
  4. Type a message.
  5. Press the Enter key on the keyboard.
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BlackBerry Messenger

Stay connected with family and friends who also use BlackBerry Messenger. Send instant messages, update your status, and create groups so that you can share pictures, appointments, and more!

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Add a BBM contact using a barcode

  1. On the home screen, click the BlackBerry Messenger icon.
  2. Press the Menu key > Invite to BBM > Scan a PIN barcode.
  3. Hold your BlackBerry smartphone so that all four corners of the contact's barcode appear on your screen and you hear a beep.
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Show your barcode

  1. At the top of the BBM screen, click your name.
  2. Beside PIN Barcode, click Show.
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Make a call

  1. Do one of the following:
    • If your BlackBerry smartphone is unlocked, press the Send key.
    • If your smartphone is locked and you don't want to unlock it, press the Menu key > Place Call.
  2. Type a phone number or contact name.
  3. Press the Send key.
To end the call, press the End key.
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Phone tips

Certain features might not be supported by all wireless service providers. Check with your wireless service provider for details.

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Browse the Internet

For more information on the charges associated with using the browser, contact your wireless service provider.
  1. On the home screen, click the Browser icon.
  2. In the address bar, type a web address or search terms.
  3. Press the Enter key on the keyboard.

To stop loading a webpage, press the Menu key > Stop.

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Zoom in to or out from a webpage

On a webpage, press the Menu key > Zoom.
  • To zoom in, on the trackpad, slide your finger up.
  • To zoom out, on the trackpad, slide your finger down.
To turn off zoom mode, press the Escape key.
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Open, close, or switch between tabs

With tabbed browsing, you can open multiple webpages on your BlackBerry smartphone at the same time. If you open a link in a message, calendar entry, or memo, the link automatically opens in a new tab. The more tabs you have open, the more memory your smartphone uses.

Do one of the following:
  • To open a new tab, in the browser, press the Menu key > Tabs. Click the New Tab icon.
  • To open a new tab for a link on a webpage, highlight the link. Press the Menu key > Open Link in New Tab.
  • To switch between tabs, in the browser, press the Menu key > Tabs. Click a tab.
  • To close a tab, in the browser, press the Menu key > Tabs. Highlight a tab. Click the Close icon.
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Take a picture

  1. To take a picture, click the Camera icon icon or press the Convenience key on the right side of the smartphone.
  2. To zoom in or out, slide your finger up or down on the trackpad.

You can see your pictures by clicking the Media icon > Pictures.

Certain features might not be available on all BlackBerry Curve models.

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Record a video

To perform this task, you might need to have a media card inserted in your BlackBerry smartphone.
  1. On the Home screen, click the Media icon > Video Camera icon.
  2. To start recording, click the record icon.
  3. To pause recording, click the pause icon.
Note: The approximate amount of storage space available for saving videos appears on the lower part of the screen when video recording is paused.
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Use a picture as your smartphone wallpaper

  1. On the Home screen, click the Media icon > Pictures icon.
  2. Browse to a picture.
  3. Press the Menu key > Set As Wallpaper.
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Turn on, turn off, or check the status of a network connection

You should keep network connections turned off in certain places, such as on an airplane or in a hospital. For more information, see the Safety and Product Information booklet for your BlackBerry smartphone.
On the home screen, click the connections area at the top of the screen, or click the Manage Connections icon.
  • To turn on a network connection, select the checkbox beside a connection type.
  • To turn off a network connection, clear the checkbox beside a connection type.
  • To turn on the network connections that were turned on previously, click Restore Connections.
  • To check the status of a network connection, click Service Status.
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Turn on or turn off Bluetooth technology

If you try to perform an action using Bluetooth technology, you may be prompted to turn on Bluetooth technology.
On the home screen, click the connections area at the top of the screen, or click the Manage Connections icon.
  • To turn on Bluetooth technology, select the Bluetooth checkbox.
  • To turn off Bluetooth technology, clear the Bluetooth checkbox.
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Connecting to your computer

You can use BlackBerry Desktop Software to do the following:

To download the BlackBerry Desktop Software, go to www.blackberry.com/desktopsoftware.

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Sync your media files

  1. Connect your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer.
  2. On your computer, open the BlackBerry Desktop Software.
    • If you're using a Windows computer, click Music, Pictures, or Videos.
    • If you're using a Mac computer, in the Media section in the left pane, click Music.
For more information, see the Help in the BlackBerry Desktop Software.
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