The first ten things to do with your new BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry Q10
By Simon Sage on 2 May 2013 10:54 am EDT

So you held out on getting a BlackBerry Z10, and now you've got a comfortable, familiar BlackBerry Q10 in your hands. It's easy to fall back into old habits when the Q10 feels so much like the BlackBerry devices you know and love, but you've got to remember that this is an entirely new beast. Of course the vast majority of those differences are for the better, but we're still here to guide you through those initial hoops. Those coming to BlackBerry for the first time will quickly realize the utility of having actual buttons to type on, and with our help, we'll make sure you get the most out of your BlackBerry Q10 experience right out of the box. 

Charge your battery

BlackBerry Q10 battery

The BlackBerry Q10 has the biggest battery in a BlackBerry to date - 2100 mAh - and a strong initial charge will make sure you can plow through the initial barrage of set-up and app downloads in a single sitting without having to stay plugged in. It's worth noting that with the smaller screen and AMOLED technology behind it, combined with the dark themes included in many native apps, the Q10's battery life will very rarely be a problem for you. If you're a real road warrior though, be sure to snag a battery charging bundle to make extra-sure that you'll never be without connectivity. 

Check out the BlackBerry Charger Bundle!

Set up accounts

BlackBerry Q10 setup

Obviously you want to start getting e-mail and other messages right away. There are hooks for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo!, Evernote, Box, and Dropbox built right into the system settings. If you've got more specific account requirements, there are also options for generic IMAP, POP, CalDAV, CardDAV, Exchange ActiveSync, and Balance-enabled work accounts, too. Of course, the very first account you'll need to set up is a BlackBerry ID if you don't already have one.

Read our step-by-step guide on how to set up accounts on the BlackBerry Z10

Lock it down

A simple unlock code can make all the difference if your beloved BlackBerry Q10 falls into the hands of ne'er-do-wells. It's an easy enough precaution to take, even if it makes things slightly more annoying on a day-to-day basis. BlackBerry Protect can also help you take care of a lost phone, or even track it down via GPS. Once you've done that, you may even feel confident enough to store other passwords on there through Password Keeper. 

How to use BlackBerry Protect on BlackBerry 10
Using Password Keeper on BlackBerry 10

Install BlackBerry Link

BlackBerry Link

The desktop software for BlackBerry is an invaluable addition for making sure your device data is backed up and synced. Link can help you manage storage, install OS updates, and otherwise get the very best out of your BlackBerry Q10. 

Download BlackBerry Link
How to back up and restore your BlackBerry with Link

Load your music

The BlackBerry Q10 is a fine music machine, and can handle a locally-stored collection as well as streaming from the cloud. The BlackBerry Q10 comes with a set of fine earbuds if you don't have any already, and universal search makes it very easy to find that particular track you're looking for. 

Check out the best music apps for BlackBerry 10
Find out how to format a 64 GB microSD card
How to purchase music from BlackBerry World
How to enable music shortcuts in BlackBerry 10

Learn keyboard shortcuts

BlackBerry Q10 keyboard

One of the biggest steps in the transition from amateur to pro BlackBerry user has been the use of keyboard shortcuts. Now, in older BlackBerry devices, these keystrokes were somewhat hidden, but now you can see what physical key you can hit to activate certain actions right from the menu of whatever app you're in. You'll also want to get used to Instant Action, which is a new part of universal search. Normally when you type from a dead stop on the home screen, you'll start getting results from locally on the device and options to search out on the web. Now you can also initiate e-mails, calls, BBM messages, and a whole bunch of other actions from the same pane. Combined with functions for tweaking corrections based on your personal usage and language, 

Full list of BlackBerry Q10 keyboard shortcuts
How to add words to your personal dictionary
How to enable multiple languages for the BlackBerry keyboard

Pick up apps

BlackBerry World on the Q10

Now that all of the out-of-the-box software is set up, you'll want to see what else is out there. Lucky for you, we've had some time to find the very best that BlackBerry World has to offer. The 1:1 aspect ratio on the BlackBerry Q10 means it might take a little while for app developers to make sure everything compatible (especially for games), but on the whole, you'll find a solid selection of apps in BlackBerry World.

Check out our top BlackBerry 10 apps and games
The best productivity and utility apps for BlackBerry 10
The best social apps for BlackBerry 10
The best news apps for BlackBerry 10


BlackBerry Q10 profiles

Start loading up wallpapers and setting up ringtones to really make the BlackBerry Q10 your own. BlackBerry 10.1 offers some new notification options, so you can set specific sounds on a per-contact basis. Small tweaks like this can really make your BlackBerry stand out in the crowd, and keeps your BB10 experience new and fresh. 

Peruse our massive wallpaper gallery
Find new ringtones
How to use custom ringtones and alerts on BlackBerry 10
How to change notification profiles on BlackBerry 10

Start sideloading

There's a whole sordid sexy underground of sideloading Android apps onto the BlackBerry Q10, and it can open up a range of options for those looking for more than what BlackBerry World has to offer. For those that were really entrenched in the Android ecosystem, this may be an absolute necessity to get everything back you once had. Even those that are only mildly curious shouldn't be worried about things being too complicated. Once you download the right software and know how to put your device into development mode, it's quite easy. The only downside here is that not everything will necessarily be formatted to fit well on the Q10 screen, but try fiddling around and see what works.

Here's how to sideload Android apps onto the BlackBerry Q10 on PC
Here's how to sideload Android apps onto the BlackBerry Q10 on Mac
Making your way around Android apps on the BlackBerry Q10
How to back up and convert your Android device apps for the BlackBerry Q10

Get protected

BlackBerry Q10 sleeve

You'll want to get some protection on your BlackBerry Q10 early on. Nothing sucks more than dinging up your new phone the first week after getting it. We've got plenty of screen protectors and sleeves to chose from, so go ahead and find some the fit your style.

Shop BlackBerry Q10 accessories


After all of that you're good to go! Let us know how you're doing with your new BlackBerry Q10 in the comments, and be sure to hop in the forums if you've got any questions. 

Log into the BlackBerry Q10 forums!

Reader comments

The first ten things to do with your new BlackBerry Q10


That's about the same as the Z10. That pretty much sums it up ^_^
Since the Q10 is out, the official update OS 10.1 for Z10 should be out very soon. Does anyone know the E.T.A.?

Thanks for sharing! We're getting our hands on it soon will refer to this post for initial set up!

Soooo..... There is actually AT&T units floating around out there. Just goes to show that they are being held back on purpose.
Love the tips though... If and when we ever get to use them is entirely up to the powers that be!


Obviously the devices are made. The only reason why I think they are holding them back is because the FCC hasn't approved them yet... Right when they are approved though, I want AT&T to get them to the store shelves as fast as possible!

Watch out folks! Simon is on a rampage!!

Next we'll be seeing a post series called Simon Sage Said! Or Simon Says. ;)

Patented! ;)

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I can think of another thing you can do....put it away and start using on Z10 again....

wish I'd see more Z10 headlines....Now everything is about i am starting to sound like the jealous brother :P

The Z10 had it's bask in the spotlight. It's the real BlackBerry the Q10's turn. Jk I'm sure there will be plenty more Z10 topics shortly.

Sticking with my Z ,mainly because of the larger screen, but that Q looks like 1 beautiful machine.I wish my vision was better, I would definetely get one.

I'm certainly looking to come back and have truly miss my keyboard. As a note 2 user I'm ready to get back in the keyboard again lol

Can someone explain to me the best way to connect OUTLOOK with my Z10? My contacts, calendar, and email transferred initially, but I cannot understand how to get my calendar to sync? Do I really have to create a gmail account or buy a $24 item to connect? Help!!

hi.. im daniel filipino working in saudi now.. i just bought the new q10 lastweek im trying to download the facebook messenger, line, instagram and viber but i cant find in the blackberry world please I NEED ANY BODY' S HELP... thanks

Hi Daniel, you can "Sideload" android apps to your Q10.

Just search for "Sideload" & you'll see how it's done.