BlackBerry PlayBook Setup

BlackBerry PlayBook Setup
By Kevin Michaluk on 28 Mar 2011 01:22 pm EDT

BlackBerry PlayBook 101: Setting up the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet

When your BlackBerry PlayBook arrives, the first thing you need to do is set it up. Knowing is half the battle, so in this tutorial we'll walk through the basics of getting your new BlackBerry PlayBook up and running. The setup wizard is very straight forward and easy to use, and as you might imagine covers the basics of setting up your date and time, connecting to a WiFi network, connecting to a BlackBerry via the BlackBerry Bridge (assuming you own a BlackBerry Smartphone, not that you need one to buy the PlayBook) and more. Keep reading for the full tutorial!

BlackBerry PlayBook Setup

Turning on the BlackBerry PlayBook for the First time

When you turn on the BlackBerry® PlayBookTM tablet for the first time, you must complete the setup process. To navigate during the setup process, complete the following:

  • To continue to the next screen, swipe right to left on the screen.
  • To return to a previous screen, tap Back.
  • To skip an optional screen, tap Skip.

1. Welcome Screen

BlackBerry PlayBook Setup

Plug the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet into a power outlet to ensure that you have enough power to complete the setup process (odds are you should be safe without doing that, but better safe and plugged in!).

2. Connect to Wi-Fi

BlackBerry PlayBook Wi-Fi Setup

Connect to a Wi-Fi network using one of the following methods:

  • Manually Connect to a Network
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup
Note: You can also connect to available Wi-Fi networks that are displayed on the screen.

3. Set Date And Time

BlackBery PlayBook Setup - Date and Time

Easy to do, you'll want to update the date and time next.

4. BlackBerry End User Terms

BlackBerry PlayBook End User Terms

The next step is to accept the BlackBerry End User Agreement. Once you accept the license agreement you can continue the setup process.

Note: If you do not accept the license agreement, the tablet turns off!!! So be sure to accept.

5. Login to BlackBerry ID or Create Your Account

BlackBerry PlayBook Setup - BlackBerry ID

Create or sign in with a BlackBerry® ID to use a single email address and password to log in to any BlackBerry product that supports BlackBerry ID. To sign in to your BlackBerry ID account, type your BlackBerry ID login information. To create a BlackBerry ID account, tap Create a BlackBerry ID.

6. BlackBerry PlayBook Setup - Software Updates

BlackBerry PlayBook Setup - Software Updates

To ensure your PlayBook is running the latest software available, during the setup process it will check for updates. If newer software is available than what shipped on your device, you can download it here to use the latest software available.

7. BlackBerry Bridge Setup

BlackBerry Bridge Setup

You do not need a BlackBerry Smartphone to use a BlackBerry PlayBook, but if you own a BlackBerry you can connect it to your PlayBook tablet via the BlackBerry Bridge. Connect your tablet to your BlackBerry smartphone to access email, calendars, BlackBerry Messenger files, and other data directly from your tablet. To set up BlackBerry Bridge, tap Setup.

8. BlackBerry PlayBook Basics

BlackBerry PlayBook Basics

Learn how to navigate the BlackBerry Tablet OS. To view tutorials, tap Learn about the home screen and Learn how to access Menus. The PlayBook makes use of gestures, so you'll want to be sure to learn these to get the full experience of the device and operating system.

9. Congratulations - You're Ready to Play!

BlackBerry PlayBook Setup Complete!

That's it! Your BlackBerry PlayBook setup is now complete.  To learn more, you can follow the additional tutorials displayed on the screenfor Desktop Manager, BlackBerry Bridge, Wi-Fi, Language and also an Interactive Tutorial.

Reader comments

BlackBerry PlayBook Setup


now that looks like pre-production set up screen -- mighty ugly haha. they'll def have a polished up version for the masses!

I guess this means that Kevin got his Playbook. So that means that we will not hear aother word out of him until the embargo is lifted. Silence is so sweet.

"Knowing is half the battle" reminds me of those old GI JOE promotions. Go JOE! LOL. Yes I'm old. But never to old for Crackberry. Keven I hope you do have your Playbook. Mines on order. As always Thanks for the insight.

I would just like to put it out there that this morning I sent Kevin an email with 5 attatchments on them from a webinar I recently attended 1. Blackberry Playbook FAQ. 2.Setting up the BB Playbook Tablet. 3. Using Blackberry Bridge 4. Using Touch Screen on the BB Playbook Tablet and 5.See how the BB Playbook Stacks Up. Also have a image that I forgot to send of the webinar stating that Verizon Wireless will have theres on April 19 seeing how this was a Verizon Webinar.
Jordan Vail

They didnt go into BBM to much other then to say you have to have another Blackberry Device in order for it to work

Great Info Thanks for sharing. While I don't have to worry about not having another BB Device, if the BBM Video rumor is true. Then its kind of lame that you will only be able to use it if you have another BB Device. I hope they can find a way to work that out soon.

I do agree it is tough for me because I have my old Bold 9700 that is sitting around using WIFI only becasue I no longer work for ATT and work for Verizon now. So until RIM releases something new and better for Verizon I wont be able to using my Playbook much for the things that I want to. Until later this year when I see one of the new Blackberry's I wont be using BBM or anything like that on it. I wish it was more of a standalone device.

Need help. Set up my blackberry playbook by creating a new blackberry ID- and now realize I want to use my ID from my blackberry handheld- is there a way to restart the set up process and set it up again from the start? or at least reset the ID?

I have a playbook, and I do a WIPE because the wireless card did not work and wanted to correct the fault. After making the WIPE get to the SETUP, but I think the wireless card is damaged and for that reason does not allow me to connect to a wireless network. The problem is not connecting wirelessly I can not run the setup and run the SETUP if not render the Playbook. Is there any way to skip the setup to use the Playbook paired with a Blackberry device.

Thank you for all the assistance you can give me.

there is no wifi in my area. is there other ways i can setup my playbook without connecting to wifi?

I have been trying to get my playbook running without success. It took me close to 7hrs to download the software over my office high speed wifi network. the downloading completed quite alright but installation always stops at 53%,and then i get the message 'unable to install'..retry. I have tried several times all to no avail. my playbook is 32GB so i hope it doesnt have the same problem like the 1000 that were recalled.

I need a solution to this problem...pls..pls help me...


Hi all, I recently bought a Playbook 64gb, but I encountered a problem during the set up. Before I had to agree on the terms and policies etc, I have to select a country/language.

The major issue now is that I don't have a single country to select out of......

How is that possible and does anyone have a solution for me?

Except sending it back to the seller. Reason why I can't send it back is because I bought it on Amazon, and I live in South-America.

Need help.

Hi. i have accidently wiped clean my blackberry playbook can u please help me in installing the software in my playbook !! On starting it it shows Blackbery playbook and nothing else.How can i repair it??