Free What's My App Gives Quick Access to BlackBerry Device PIN and More from Home Screen (for non-techies)

What's My for BlackBerry
By Kevin Michaluk on 13 May 2010 09:54 am EDT
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Some of you are going to love this app and some of you are going to read this and absolutely CRINGE at its existence, but there's a back story to, so READ THIS POST FULLY before leaving a comment....

This past weekend I was out for dinner with Miss CrackBerry (aka Erika) at a nice little Italian restaurant. While chowing down on some tasty gnocchi, sort of out of nowhere, I asked her if she was excited about BlackBerry 6 (yes, even on a Saturday night when out for a romantic evening I'm thinking about BlackBerry. I know it's kinda sad). Her response?  "What's BlackBerry 6?" Yup, epic #fail on my part as even with all our WES 2010 coverage I guess somehow I forgot to tell her about it. So I filled her in on the details. And while telling her all about BB6, she expressed her key desire for the OS update.... "I hope they make it easier to find my Pin."

I immediately tweeted out on @crackberrykevin this sort of unneccessary yet necessary feature request (will explain that shortly) and when I woke up the next morning lo and behold I had What's My sitting in my inbox - which I installed on Erika's BlackBerry before she even woke up. What's My, by our pal Matthias of emacberry, is a simple app that places the What's My icon on your home screen. Clicking the icon displays your BlackBerry device's phone number, device pin and IMEI and the ability to copy them to the clipboard if you so desire. Erika was pretty happy when I showed her the app (and not so happy that I touched her BB while she was sleeping - I guess she's one of the 59% that apparently don't set a password).

So now let's ponder on the need for this app. Technically, you really shouldn't need this app from the perspective of a device pin... You can type mypin into any native app on the BB (email, BBM, SMS) which when you hit the space bar after the n converts mypin into your device pin. You can also go to Options > Status and find it there.  You can also hit Alt + Caps + H to bring up the Help Me! screen. And you can also go into BBM to My Profile and find your PIN there.

Re-read the above paragraph though... really none of those ways of finding the pin are dead simple and/or easy ways of finding your device pin from the home screen, which is what a lot of people want to do when asking another person for a PIN (maybe somebody is asking you for it over the phone, or they want to add you via PIN and haven't gone the barcode route yet -- this poll shows most people still enter a PIN for Inviting new contacts to BBM, etc.). Options > Status is NOT intuitive. The average person would never think to look there unless they've discovered it there previously on their own. But if you just picked up a BlackBerry for the first time and I told you to find your device pin, you wouldn't look there. While shortcuts like mypin and the Help Me! screen are cool, the average consumer will never ever know or learn them. I still meet people who have been BlackBerry users for years (wayy longer than me) who are blown away when I show them some of the basic shortcuts on the device. Since most people tend to want to give their PIN out for BBMing purposes, opening BlackBerry Messenger and going to My Profile is kind of intuitive, but it's also a bit of a pain in the butt (open BBM > hit menu key > scroll > My Profile). Also, from experience I've noticed that in these situations most people automatically go to the Invite Contact screen whether they are trying to add somebody or trying to give out their info, instead of going to My Profile. Seriously, even with the new barcode way of adding people, I have seen SOOO many people (and I'm talking people who work with BlackBerry as their full time careers) not be able to find their barcode, because it's buried at the bottom of the of My Profile screen. You can also just scroll up to your profile pic in BBM and click it to display your profile, but to a lot of people even that isn't dead simple (they don't realize they can do that.). It would make more sense for RIM to tie your device info (barcode and pin) to the Invite Contact screen so whether you're adding or getting added, you don't have to hunt around for your info. I sort of wish RIM would put some icons at the top of BBM (like their facebook and twitter clients) for things like Add Contact that would simplify this process. Or on the home screen, maybe RIM should turn their Options > About screen into more of an About this Device screen that would include PIN, IMEI, Memory details, Barcode, etc.. and they could turn that into an easy to find icon vs. burying it. It's a thought anyways.

Back to the story at hand... there shouldn't be a need for this app, but for some people, they're going to love What's My. It would be even better if you could display oyur barcode from the app, but RIM hasn't opened up the BlackBerry Messenger APIs yet. So that's it. If you think you'd benefit from this app, download it for free at the link below. And if you think there's no need for it, well, while I personally dont' disagree with you I know out of RIM's 41 million+ subscribers there's at least one person who's loving it, and am sure there are some others too.  Oh yeah, and huge props to emacberry for whipping this out in literally hours of me tweeting it. Awesome stuff.

50 comments

kc tony

I will use this. Saves a step or two.

AjStone

Pity people don't use the barcode feature more. Just yesterday I added a co-worker to BBM and the conversation went like this:

Me: Can I add you to my BBM?
Her: Sure, let me find my PIN; it's under Options, right?
Me: Do you have the new BBM?
Her: Yeah, with the profile pictures?
Me: Yeah; I can add you by scanning your barcode.
Her: Oh yeah, I've never done that.

A few second later, we were in each other's contact list.

devGOD

it's because it takes 101 clicks to get too. RIM failed on adding that feature. the barcode scanning should of been tied into the default camera with a option on the bottom for scanning or at least a separate icon somewhere.

devGOD

umm why not just save the space and add an AutoText and mynum and mypin are already preset just add IMEI not sure how often you'll need the IMEI though

Chief Beefalo

This is a completely worthless app.

It is a complete waste of time. Auto text is twice as fast, and doesn't require a third party app.

common people "mypin" is all you need. If you aren't willing to put in the auto text for your OWN number, then just type the freaking thing in when someone asks... It will take less time than going and opening the app, copying it, and going back to the message to paste it.

And who actually ever needs their IMEI number? In the strange event that you DO need it, from the home screen press "o+st+enter"(with home screen dialing off of course) and then copy your IMEI.

I dont understand why people think they need an APP for everything, when your phone natively has an easier solution.

Devil

Tell that to your mom/dad who you just bought BlacbkBerries for, Chief!

Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

Anyone that has the brains to know how to download an app surely is computer savy enough to press alt+uppercase+h

devGOD

See that goes against everything BB/RIM promotes. BB's are suppose to be for Business people or People that don't want a toy for a phone... With that you're saying BB's are for smart people that know what they're doing. So if mom/dad can't figure out AutoText, Copy/Paste, or remember shortcuts then maybe they should consider another phone. I look at this app and think wow did the developer really think BB users are that slow and don't know other methods to pull up such simple info.

Or maybe it is true that people are now buying BB's just to make themselves look important when they really have no clue how to use the phone other than calls, emails and texts.

mwright30

Because not all BB users are as savvy as you Chief. There are people who own BB's that have them for what they are and do not get into the inner workings of the device. Different strokes for different folks.

McNooberson

The first time I wanted to find my pin, I Google how to do it.
First link came up with the options>status menu, and boom- that's what I used. Now its easy to flip to the screen, but I never knew about that mypin shortcut before. I think ill have to give that a try now.

The Consigliere

I use QuickLaunch-->Device Info to get the info I need, PIN, IMEI #, etc. You can copy & paste from there so I'll stick with what I already have. If you don't use QL then I guess this app would be a good pickup for you tho, definitely cuts down on time/steps on getting information.

Roscopcoletrain

The newest trial BBM 5.0.1.10, you open BBM, click your profile pic at the top and has your Pin and barcode right there. Looks like RIM is looking at making it easier to find.

Roscopcoletrain

Never said I had it..ummm saw a friends :p

Kevin Michaluk

in 5.0.0 you can scroll to the top bar and click and it shows you your profile screen with pin and barcode at bottom.

Roscopcoletrain

right, they just moved it to the top. Not a big change, but effective imo

CanadianGuy8987

An easier shortcut to get to the Help Me! Screen is hold alt and type EACE

Much easier than trying to push alt and shift at the same time.

Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

ALT+UPPERCASE+H

FOR IMEI AND PIN

FOR YOUR NUMBER PRESS GREEN BUTTON ONCE

ba_hamilton

Considering that most people still have the original OS on their BB, according to your poll, and most people only use the native zen theme, again according to your poll, it does not surprise me that most people don't know how to look up their PIN number.

Most people don't use even half the functions on their BBs. They use it for a phone and for texts and emails.

DVNO

"They use it for a phone and for texts and emails."

ummmm isn't that what a phone is supposed to be used for? Thats what makes BB in my opinoin the best device on the planet. They make the easiest basic functions of a phone even easier and oh so efficent. Selling my 9700 for the nexus was one of the worst decisions i have ever made.

sTen

I like when u eat italian man :)

R1cowl

Kevin, we all need a release once in a while. I think you should have a periodical Blog where you can speak out your frustrations. I remember once you did "Kevin Smash". As for this post I agree BB has a very easy method of getting and sharing your pin.

Kevin Michaluk

oooo.. Kevin Smash.  not a bad idea. i am kind of ranty this week for some reason.

 

 

max871026

Everything I know about blackberries, I learned it on crackberry.com. THANK YOU!!!

Eversince I discovered (or learned from crackberry.com, I should say) about the shortcut keys and tricks (such as mypin) I have been doing my best to spread this knowledge to all blackbery users. It always surprises me how little they know about their device! The blackberry has so much potential yet people don't know about its capabilities. It's a shame really. Perhaps RIM should make it mandatory for all new blackberry users to read 101 series on crackberry.com.

Jimberry Storm

I am using the beta zone version of BBM and it is a little easier to get to the barcode. Open up BBM go to profile and now it is at the top of the page under PIN just select show.

myjdjames

Touch her phone especially WHILE SHe was ASLEEP??? Anyway u / her stayed over = nice one

vx1

Its a useful app, especially when you are doing support on your BB and the tech asks you for this information or when you goto BIS to change devices .. its not a swiss army knife but it works.

it would be nice if they could add some more things to the app
like copy images or something else .. maybe expand to be a all round
clip board type app copy anything.

young519

i use the free app Battery Watch, not only does it display my battery % and temp it also shows my PIN.

Devil

Not that I'm looking to use it, but this is a very important app. Only because it does something very trivial. Fact of the matter is as humans we hate doing trivial things, leave alone complicated actions.

I'm betting this will help about 80% of BlackBerry users. And no, it won't even help 1% of CrackBerry users.. because CB is a drop of water in the ocean. To shut up the critics who think they're so smart and how this app is "dumb", CBK should run a poll about 2-3 months outside of CB and see how this app is faring.

_X_

LOL! The part about Mrs Crackberry being mad at you for touching her phone had me rolling.

There is something about smartphones that brings out our compulsive possessive behavior.

I have never noticed this on myself, because it hard to see one own behavior. But I saw this when I bought my wife her first smartphone. Prior to this she never had issues with me playing with her phones. Once she had her new smartphone she did not like me holding it more than a few seconds. This happened almost instantly but has gotten worse as she has become more dependent on her phone.

Okay so maybe i'm exaggerating a tad, but not by much.

droidnewbie2011

For me Kevin and maybe with a lot of folks here on CB is when they get a new bb, it's like getting a new toy at xmas time, you want to check out what is on the bb, the tools, apps, etc.You want to use it right away, brag about it and so on. To be honest, I didn't know what my pin number was at first, when someone ping'd me and asked me a question about something. I replied back "Wha?" And she told me where to go under options and about 1 minute later I was golden. I also found out that you are not limited to only 160 characters and not worrying about eating up my allotted text messages. My advice to everyone if you a newbie or seasoned crackberry user is to take a stroll through your device, you'll be bb savvy and can spread the love of bb......and CB of course. ;)

phonejunky

1232 emails Kevin. Thats just ridiculous. Its takes me a 3 days to get that much.

Anguish

Needing your PIN is a relatively esoteric thing. Anyone or anything that requires it can trivially tell you how to find it. Options | Status works on stock devices, including very old ones.

I'm going to go ahead and say that education is the right choice here, not a 3rd-party app or even an OS 6 extra icon. If someone really needs to know their PIN, it's trivially easy to find.

So, I'm sorry. Erika is pretty obviously that sort of user that even when confronted with (evidently frequent) need to know her PIN can't be bothered to remember ONE thing; Status. To expect her to remember that she's got a What's My app laying around is silly. Kevin, the fact is she just doesn't care enough to retain any knowledge whatsoever on this topic. All the interface changes in the universe shy of watermarking the PIN on every page aren't going to help this once you give her a day to take a Groundhog Day nap and forget all about What's My.

josh_d75

Here's a pretty cool tip that I came up with for sharing my barcode.

I took a screen shot of my barcode and saved it to my sd card on my BlackBerry.
Then using quicklaunch, I created a shortcut for it.

Then I gave it an acronym like "bar". So now when I want to share my barcode I just open up quicklaunch, type "bar" and there is a full screen shot of my barcode seems much easier!

facegirl

This is a nice little app...my pin is right at my finger tips.............thanks

loupat

Would love to have this app

Stevenojobs

What is the app on the top of the Kevin's screen who says "14" with a thermoter ??

kmflame

Hi, I am curious of all the icons that appears in the first pic.

Of these i recognize the CB Launcher, Crackberry Store, Weatherberry and the Formula 1 app.

What are the other icons? anyone knows their function?

Thnaks

vx1

come on, give me a break this is a FREE app and you all are acting like its suppose to be rocket science ASF #@!

nothing better to do ? than complain about a simple utility
phhh lame.

Hangslow

I have no need for it. My pin is memorized.

Ntchwaidumela

What a great, little app! It's straight-forward and simple to use with just one click. I downloaded it directly from my phone's browser (I suggest this method) and it was ready to go. I highly recommend this app.

ja2bk

Just wow at some of the arrogance in the comments. Especially the one who tries to say his gf doesn't know because she can't be bothered to learn. Some of you may be surprised to know that people have used computers for years and don't know many of the shortcuts on there either. You can't condemn someone for something they never learned how to do. Just because you have learned it, doesn't mean others have and it has nothing to do with not "being bothered to learn" it. They didn't even know these shortcuts existed.

LuckyBastad

This is a nice one for non-techies due to the fact that not all people can navigate through their ‪ in the same manner. Some pick up on things a little slower than others.

Pathtek4

Because you all whine like a bunch of old bitties in the nursing home!
Seriously,
1st. STFU, if you don't like it, then don't get it.
2nd. STFU, if you don't like it, then don't get it.

Lastly, S T F U! Your overly stated opinions are Sh!t, dull and annoying at this point. Blah Blah Blah, press this, Blah Blah Blah, press that....Holy hell, grow a pair, stop whining like someone stole your c0ck flavored lollipop!!

DustBow

For those w/ QL, simply use their "device info" shortcut and it pulls up all the above info plus some other usefull stuff like battery %, OS version, etc.

bry1377

I like the app, but *QuickLaunch* has something similar....'Device Info' & it will show you PIN#, IMEI, Battery life, Memory info, etc. Thnx, I will check it out.

parman929

Completely unrelated to the app....what is the red thermometer on the screen capture?