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August 15, 2011 by Dan Nixon
Got a BlackBerry PlayBook but not sure how to use all the functions on it? Not a problem as we’ve come up with a comprehensive guide to all the basic stuff you can do on your tablet.
Navigate using the links below or download the full guide by clicking on the PDF logo. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just leave a question in the comments and we’ll try our best to get you an answer.
Is there a software update available for my tablet?
The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on RIM’s QNX operating system and updates will be rolled out from time to time. The easiest way to check if your PlayBook is running the latest software is to check on the tablet itself. Read on to find out how.
How will I know if a software update has been released?
Where can I get more help?
If you have any more questions about your tablet’s software, head over to the P4u Forum and get in touch with the team, who will be more than happy to help you out.
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How do I change my tablet’s Bluetooth name?
How do I pair my tablet with another Bluetooth device?
How do I turn off Bluetooth?
How do I remove a device from my Bluetooth pairing list?
How do I stop people sending me stuff over Bluetooth?
How do I make a video call?
At the moment, you can only make video calls to others who have a BlackBerry PlayBook, so providing you’ve some mates who’ve got one too, you’re good to go.
To start a video chat, both PlayBooks need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network (you can find out how to do this in the Internet section of this guide). Once you’re online, simply enter the BlackBerry ID email address of the person you want to call and your tablet will do the rest.
How do I connect my tablet to my computer?
How do I connect my tablet to my TV?
How do I take a picture on my tablet?
How do I capture a video on my tablet?
How do I record a video in 1080p?
How do I switch between the front and rear cameras?
Where can I view the pictures/videos I’ve taken?
How do I delete a picture or video?
To delete a picture:
To delete a video:
How many pictures can I take on my tablet?
It all depends on how much memory you have left. The BlackBerry PlayBook comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models and as a rough guide, around 4GB of memory will hold about 1,600 pictures, so 16GB can hold a lot more!
What’s the longest video clip I can record?
Unlimited. It just depends on how much memory you have.
How do I set up my email account?
Unfortunately, the BlackBerry PlayBook doesn’t come with its own email app but if you have an AOL, Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail account, you can get your messages delivered to your tablet using the individual apps found in the main menu.
You’ll need to be connected to the internet in order to get started, so once you’re online, simply open up whatever email app you’re using and follow the on-screen instructions.
What is BlackBerry Bridge?
BlackBerry Bridge is a nifty service that lets you check the messages, email and calendar entries stored on your BlackBerry smartphone using your PlayBook. Your BlackBerry blower needs to run at least OS 5 in order to run BlackBerry Bridge and providing it ticks that box, all you need to do to get it working is connect your phone and tablet up via Bluetooth. Read on to find out how to set up BlackBerry Bridge.
How do I use BlackBerry Bridge?
How do I put music onto my tablet?
How do I make a music playlist?
How do I delete a song from a playlist?
How do I add a playlist from my computer to my tablet?
How do I download music from the Music Store?
You can download music on the go using your tablet thanks to the Music Store app, which you’ll find in the main menu. To download a track from here, you’ll need to set up an account first and you’ll be asked to do this the first time you use the service. Then:
What type of media files does my tablet support?
The BlackBerry PlayBook supports:
How many songs can my tablet hold?
The BlackBerry PlayBook comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models and if you consider that 8GB of memory can hold about 2,000 songs, you’ll be able to fit double that if you have a 16GB version (and even more if you’ve got 32GB or 64GB to play with!).
Does my tablet have an app store?
Yes indeed. It comes with access to the BlackBerry App World, although it’s worth bearing in mind that not all the apps in App World will work on the PlayBook.
How do I download an app?
How do I update an app?
How do I close an app?
Simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen to minimise the app. To close it, tap on the small x icon that appears underneath the app thumbnail in the multitasking area.
How do I delete an app?
Within the BlackBerry App World, just tap on the app you want to delete in the My World section and press Delete.
How do I connect to a Wi-Fi network on my tablet?
How do I sign into my social networks?
How do I tether my tablet?
How do I open a new tab in the web browser?
How do I close a web page?
How do I bookmark a web page?
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