A Beginner's Guide to Blackberry OS 7

A Beginner's Guide to Blackberry OS 7

With the Blackberry Bold 9900's recent launch in India, Blackberry OS 7 has become an official way of life for the BB crowd.

Here's how to upgrade to Blackberry's thinnest phone with your knowledge of their latest platform.

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Upgrading From an Old Blackberry Smartphone

Upgrading to a new Blackberry requires you to use the Device Switch Wizard. This program is included in the BlackBerry® Desktop Manager, and lets you quickly migrate all your custom-settings to your new BlackBerry 7 OS smartphone, including your music, pictures and videos.

There's BlackBerry Desktop Software for both PC and Mac, with a simple user guide onboard and online.

Sign into Your Blackberry ID

A Beginner's Guide to Blackberry OS 7

Your Blackberry ID is, simply your passport to everything Blackberry offers, including the App Store, the Playbook and different Blackberry smartphones. Get yours with a simple log-in at www.blackberry.com/blackberryid

A Beginner's Guide to Blackberry OS 7

Starting your new BlackBerry 7 smartphone for the first time will prompt a sign in to BlackBerry® ID. If you don't have one, you can create it.

A Walkthrough: Blackberry 7

Signing in with your Blackberry ID will open a short video, introducing you to BlackBerry 7.

A Beginner's Guide to Blackberry OS 7

Then, the Setup app will automatically open, and enable the setup of email and other customized features, along with handy tips.

After setting up your email, BlackBerry® Messenger and social networking apps, this is what you need to do:

Blackberry Protect

A new feature in the the Blackberry suite of services, BlackBerry 7 feature is available in your Applications folder.

A Beginner's Guide to Blackberry OS 7

Enabling it will allow you to find and remotely protect personal information. This includes the ability to remotely locate and lock your BlackBerry smartphone, along with over the air backup, and restore contacts, calendar info and other personalized information.

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A note about Blackberry Protect: it won't remotely remotely turn on the device, and won't work if the phone is switched off. You also have to activate it with a BlackBerry® Enterprise Server (“BES”).

Blackberry Messenger Back Up

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You can use the automatic backup options to back up and restore your BBM™ information (contacts, profile, and group membership). BBM will save a backup overtime you change something in your contact list, but you can also do this manually. Or, you could set BBM to automatically back up the contact list to a BBM server.

Secure a Password

The easiest way of securing your personal information, a password will prevent others from unlocking crucial personal information.

While you should obviously pick a difficult password, use something you can remember, because Blackberry ID passwords cannot be recovered.

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To reset your password, you'll have to delete all your smartphone data.

Which is why Research In Motion advises users to regularly create and save backups of their Blackberry content, especially before updating software.

A backup file will also help you recover smartphone data in the case of loss, theft or damage.

To set a password, click on Options on the home screen.

Click on Security - then select Password.

Click Set Password.
Type in your password.
Press the Blackberry logo - then click on save. (MensXP.com)

Also read: Five Must-have Android Security Apps and Why You Shouldn't Buy the Blackberry Playbook (Yet)

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