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How to color code messages with BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

How to color code messages with BlackBerry OS 10.2.1
By James Richardson on 3 Mar 2014 06:16 pm EST
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Color coding messages in the BlackBerry Hub isn't totally new with OS 10.2.1, but it may well be one of those features that as a BlackBerry 10 user you weren't aware of. What's nice about this feature is that it isn't just your email accounts (if you have more than one) that you can have colors assigned. All your native apps such as BBM and SMS are included as well, but so are any others that have Hub integration - so the likes of Facebook and Twitter can get a touch of color in your Hub. 

Being able to color code your messages in BlackBerry 10 isn't just about making things pretty. It makes it easier to visually triage your messages. If you know that you've set your Twitter mentions to blue and orange to yellow and BBM to purple it's easy to swipe through and get an idea of what you've missed. Each Hub notification gets a colored line on the left hand side to correspond with the color you've selected for that type of notification.

When it comes to setting things up you have a choice of using green, blue, orange, pink or purple. By default none of the notifications have colors selected, so to get things up and running you'll need to do it manually.

Here's how: 

  • Jump into your Hub and tap the overflow menu (three dots)
  • Select settings
  • Select Hub Management and then just choose the accounts you wish to color code

As you can see, it's super easy to do and while it doesn't really add a huge amount of function, you can at a quick glance view the accounts that are most important to you. I for example have several email accounts on my BlackBerry, but it's only the Mobile Nations one that I have colored - so if I dive into the Hub I can easily see which emails I need to read first. It's all about personal choices - something that BlackBerry 10 has become rather good at.

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Just found this today... before the post haha! definitely adds some additional slickness to the hub and saves a SECOND or 2 ;)

Posted via CB10

Indeed it's hard to see. Nice feature but useless as of now...Hope they will improve to i.e. background coloring

Posted via CB10

Yeah sick feature... think I saw it before, but forgot about it. There should be more colours (instead of the neon colours)... e.g. red, blue, black, etc. (the neon colours are fine like orange, blue, green...).

Sweet, nice one. Just got main emails colour-coded plus missed calls, ready to go on my cheap and cheerful Q5...

Posted via CB10

Useless feature.. I get a little colored bar on the left hand side... big whoop..
How about outlining the box in color?
How about "dark mode?" for the hub....

I have it too on my VzW 10.2.0.262 Z30.

The opener made reference to it not exactly being new to 10.2.1 so that notation was made, but I'm betting some of my VzW Z30/Q10 peeps don't know they have this also.

Posted via CB10

Since there are limited colours I would like to see the pinch to filter have the ability to filter by colour. Use case is if you blow through all the colours, but you have more than one account in orange, which marks the most important accounts. I suppose you could accomplish this via the priority hub as well.

Posted via CB10

I've mentioned in the forums before that the colors should match those offered in the calendar. It makes no sense that they don't!

This is a feature with great potential but is currently poorly executed on BB10 10.2.1

Posted via CB10

I've always found the bar to be too thin, it would be great if the entire message line in the hub was the colour, and not just the side.

Posted via CB10

I was glad to see this feature but I do wish the colors were more prominent, than a colored line down side. I hope for bigger things to come!

Posted via CB10

Cool idea, but as others have already mentioned it could use a little tweaking. More colours, and a thicker bar to make them stick out better would really make this feature much more useful.

Posted via CB10

Been using this for months now. Otherwise too much of a mess with personal and business email, all thrown together.

Glad a few more people get to know this now through this little "refresher" post. Thanks!

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Thanks for the tip. Had this set up before, reset my Q10 and forgot how to set the colours and now thanks to your post, have it set up again!

Posted via CB10

Oh yeah, I keep forgetting to do this. Thanks (btw you spelt colour wrong :D

Posted via my love powered Q10

Cool, just did it jz now to customize..olz do this in youtube..boo Apple, boo Samsung..im sure Samsung will copy, cz samsing is copy cattttt!!

Posted via CB10

This is super useful if you have multiple email accounts setup, as the Hub doesn't offer a different email icon for Gmail vs. Exchange, etc. (they should do that - webOS did that and it was extremely helpful) . In the interim, BlackBerry could offer more colors to tag accounts with.

Posted via CB10 from my Z10

+1

It's these "little" things that pop up here on CB that makes me love CB more every day!

Posted via CB10

Looks cool. Could do with more colours though, or the ability to make contacts a particular colour.

It's the blood from broken hearts that write the words to every song

I have a BlackBerry q10 and I really want to know when will Verizon update the q10? Please help me,the waiting is killing me!!

Posted via CB10

Just realized I could change order of the hub. I don't think I could do this with earlier versions. Thanks BlackBerry

Posted via CB10