BlackBerry Bedside Mode, do my bidding!

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By Joseph Holder on 18 Jun 2011 10:57 am EDT
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Shhh. It's bedtime, time to charge your BlackBerry. Over the next few hours, both you and your smartphone will get some much needed recharge time. You'll lay your head upon a pillow, falling into a deep sleep. Your BlackBerry will sit nearby, silently suckling the electric teat of its charger or nesteled comfortably in its charging pod. All is quiet and peaceful in your world.

2:38 a.m. BRRRRRIIINNNNGG! An email arrives. You wearily open one eye to see that LED blinking. Blinking. BLINKING. You try to ignore it but to no avail. You've been trained (in a fashion) to respond immediately to that indicator light. Opening the "important" message, you find it's another email begging you to come back to Xbox Live. Ugh. You try to fall back asleep, but this night's constant bombardment of "special" offers "just for you" has just begun. In desperation, you hurl your BlackBerry out of the window and finally, mercifully fall back to sleep.

Without Bedside mode on your BlackBerry, this could be your night. Thankfully, we do have Bedside mode. As soon as you start charging your BlackBerry, the clock opens and soon dims into what I call a "quiet clock." The LED turns off and (sometimes) notifications are turned off. The BlackBerry becomes the perfect nightstand companion, silently doing nothing more than display the clock.

But what if you don't want that? What if you just want to charge the smartphone? What if you want some messages to sound alerts while others don't? Maybe you like the blinking LED. Can Bedside mode be set up just the way you like? You betcha.

BlackBerry options 

One of the defining characteristics of your BlackBerry is the sheer number of options available to you. There are options to customize your messages, options to customize your home screen, options to customize the way you type. Basically, you have it within your power to make your BlackBerry your BlackBerry.

Bedside mode on your BlackBerry is a good example of this. Let's take a look at some of the ways you can customize the experience. Start the clock application. There are four different ways to do this, but the easiest is to find the icon on your home screen. Once it has started, press the menu key to open the Options.

Charge during the day, Sleep at night

Restrict Bedside mode hoursYour BlackBerry's battery loves to be charged. No harm will come to your smartphone if you charge it during the day and at night. Entering Bedside mode during the day could be a problem. Calls, emails, and BBM's could go unnoticed. To do this, restrict Bedside mode to starting only during certain hours of the day. If Bedside mode is only permitted to run from 11:00 p.m. to 7 a.m., it won't enter that mode when you charge it at 1:30 p.m. The clock will still display, but the phone won't be in Bedside mode.

Disable the LED

Disable the LED during Bedside modeThis option is set to yes by default, but you can change this if you desire. This option turns off the LED during Bedside mode. Not only does this prevent the standard red LED from flashing, but it prevents other apps from using the LED as well. That way, the strobe lights from BeBuzz won't wake you during your rest.

Set a Profile

Set the sound profile for Bedside modeWhen my BlackBerry charges, only two things get through: Phone calls and certain emails. Of my ten email accounts, only one makes any sort of noise. BBM's, Tweets, SMS (Text) messages? Not a peep is heard from them while in Bedside Mode. I created a custom sound profile to only let those types of messages through. Then, I set that as the profile to use during Bedside mode. Although I created a custom sound profile, you can also choose from the standard profiles as well. 

When your phone enters BSM, it will switch to the desired profile. When it exits, your BlackBerry returns to the profile it was using before Bedside mode.

To Heck with Bedside Mode

Don't want bedside mode?  Okay.As with most options on a BlackBerry, you can simply turn off Bedside mode. Inside those clock options, you can select what your BlackBerry will do while charging. Will it enter Bedside mode? Just show the clock? or Do nothing at all. The choice is yours.

All in all, this all boils down to the ability to control your BlackBerry the way you want. With the possible exception of BES-connected phones, I doubt any two BlackBerry smartphones are configured in exactly the same way.  So now the question remains, how do you make your BlackBerry into your CrackBerry?

Reader comments

BlackBerry Bedside Mode, do my bidding!

26 Comments

Is the restrict bed time mode times only available in OS 6 and above have OS 5 and do not see that option?

I bought a charging pod for my Torch, and have been using Bedside Mode for a while. Absolutely love it. I put the pod by my bedside literally, and set the Torch to kill off not only the blinking LED but also the radio whilst charging. This eliminate any radiation whilst my Torch is just a few inches away from my head. It works only as clock. Pure & simple.

What troubles me is how bedside mode interacts with auto-on/auto-off feature. Cannot find any literature anywhere. It seems if I set phone to auto-on at 7am but I oversleep till 7:30am, the phone will be auto switched on notwithstanding on bedside mode and told to kill radio. In other words, auto-on/off overrides. It translates into radiation bombardment at close distance. Surely a good incentive not to oversleep!!

Will be nice if future update (am using 6.0 Bundle 695) will offer option to let bedside mode overrides auto-on/off. My 2 cents.

Blackberry will always come on if you have an alarm. If youre berry is off and an alarm is set the phone will turn on. Spoiled and messed me up when went to Android. Was used to that feature. And if you're that worried about radiation why keep your phone that close?

I've been using the dock and bedside mode for the last couple of years and love it. I gave my old alarm clock to my daughter.

Pretty nice. I wish the sound profile options and timers were separate from the bedside mode personally. Then I could have my blackberry as a clock the whole time while at my desk (with the screen dimming as per-bedside mode) but only have it be quiet when I go to bed. But I won't complain, it is a very nice little feature.

Bedside mode is one of the best features. I have mine set to only allow phone calls and weather alerts to come through. Everything else is silent and waiting for me after the alarm wakes me up.

It's amazing how the BB has become intigrated into my day. It handles everything from communications, schedules, notes, and entertainment while awake to keeping things quiet when it's time to get some sleep and then it wakes me up in the morning to do it all again.

This is one of the things that i love about my bb, that i dont even know if other phones can do i.e. iphone, android, or windows phone. my alarm is great and it keeps up with my hectic life and can be adjusted on the fly per instructions above, gotta love the bb
my phone does what i want, when i want, and how i want. you cannot beat blackberry with a stick or maybe you can but it keeps on ticking, literally. these are great phones, yeah maybe they dont have all those bells and whistles that some other phones have but practicality makes it a phone for the every day user and even new bb users can come in and seem like an expert
team blackberry rocks

In bedside mode, I have the dim screen box unchecked and enter bedside mode when charging checked. Yet when I do put the charger on the bedside clock mode dims. What am I missing?

I like the concept of bedside mode but the clock is still much too bright for me. What I end up doing is starting the clock manually, and using BerryBuzz to turn off the LED between 2100 and 0500 then set a profile manually for just the alerts I want. (Phone, BBM, and SMS) Then if I want to see what time it is during the night, I just click the screen and then it goes off when it times out.

Bedside Mode is what separates a BB from the other toy phones out there. The only thing missing is having a choice of colors for the clock. Red is good at night because it doesn't screw up your eyes. Why else do you think ships use red lights on the bridge at night?

Quick question - if I set "restrict hours" to 11pm-7am but plugged in my phone at 10pm, what would happen when it got to 11pm? Would bedside mode kick in?

@cfoxx : If the phone is already charging in it's normal mode before Bedside mode is activated, then yes, the phone will automatically switch to bedside mode when the appropriate time arrives.

Also, for the sake of convenience, you can switch to BSM at any time with a keyboard shortcut. While the clock is showing, whether the phone is charging or not, pressing B will activate (or deactivate) bedside mode. Quick and easy.

I agree that Bedside Mode is great. But unfortunately us Storm2 users running the official OS .1015 can't take advantage of the clock display in Bedside Mode..

The OS update hosed that feature. Yes I know there is a hack fix but I'm not into hacking.
I just can't believe that RIM didn't put out a fix for this.

Good Luck

Thank you Jo Holder for putting this info on Bedside mode together - I was aware of and use some of the overnight features - but somehow I hadn't discovered all the features!!!

Thank you again!!!

PS Isn't it wonderful that none of the trolls have found this discussion yet, lol!!!

Bedside mode combined with the charging pod is high on my list of favorite features! I set the display for the analog clock, and everything except the alarm is silenced. It stands straight up in the pod so it is a perfect if not downright purty alarm clock. I don't disable the LED because I easily ignore mine :)

I hardly ever use the bedtime mode - idk why ...I just keep my phone on ...this is my only means of communication

I've been a bberry user for years and love the BSM feature. HOWEVER, I have a NEW Torch 9850 and in BSM I cannot change (and save) the sound profile. It will only accept the "Active" profile. I was able to select a different profile with my 8530 but cannot with this model. After touching save to exit, it does nothing. The only way close the "clock" after this attempt is to discard any changes then close/save. UGH! don't want to be awakened during the night...