Got a new BlackBerry PlayBook for Christmas? Check out these guides to get started

BlackBerry PlayBook
By Adam Zeis on 28 Dec 2012 11:42 am EST

So you got a new BlackBerry PlayBook for Christmas and aren't sure where to begin? Not to worry -- we have plenty of help and how-to guides to get you up and running. If you've never touched a tablet before or just aren't sure where to begin, we have plenty of info at hand to get you going. You can start with something as simple as finding a new wallpaper or jump right in to sharing files over wifi from your PC. Keep reading to find all you need to know about your new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet!

Getting Started

Out of the box your new PlayBook is pretty easy to set up. You'll initially run through the setup process on the device, adding a wifi network, maybe downloading the latest OS and running through some quick gesture tutorials. From there it's off to the races.

Most users start with a bit of customization by adding a custom wallpaper and moving icons around (tap and hold the icon, then drag to where you want it) to get things where they want them. You can even create application folders to keep things neat and tidy.   

To start out, check out these guides on setting up, customizing and navigating your BlackBerry PlayBook. 

BlackBerry PlayBook Setup
BlackBerry PlayBook 101: Changing the wallpaper on your BlackBerry PlayBook
BlackBerry PlayBook 101: Icon Reference
BlackBerry PlayBook Tips and Tricks
BlackBerry PlayBook Gestures and Navigation
BlackBerry PlayBook 101: Personalizing your BlackBerry PlayBook
BlackBerry Bridge Video Walkthrough and "Free Tethering" on the PlayBook Explained
BlackBerry PlayBook 101: Understanding the PlayBook's User Interface and Gestures
BlackBerry PlayBook 101: Using BlackBerry App World on the PlayBook

BlackBerry PlayBook References

After you get everything set up to your liking, you'll want to dive into more features like using Presentation ModeVideo Chat and BlackBerry Remote. Don't fret -- we've got you covered on all ends. When you're ready to get down and dirty, check out the references below for help on all these features and more. 

BlackBerry PlayBook 101 Help Articles
BlackBerry PlayBook Videos
BlackBerry PlayBook Wallpapers
BlackBerry PlayBook in the CrackBerry Forums

Advanced Help

So that's not enough? You want to really get deep? We can help you with that too. If you think you're already a PlayBook master and want to rock it out like a true BlackBerry abuser, check out these advanced help articles to learn how to share files over wifi, tether to your BlackBerry Smartphone and even restore the PlayBook OS.

How to Wipe the OS on a BlackBerry PlayBook
Wi-Fi File Sharing on the BlackBerry PlayBook
Internet Tethering on the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet via Bluetooth
How To Use Presentation Mode on the BlackBerry PlayBook with an External Display

But wait ... there's more!

It doesn't stop there -- we have a great community of users ready to help with any issues you may have in our CrackBerry Forums. And you wouldn't wnat your PlayBook to go around naked, would you? Check out ShopCrackBerry for loads of great accessories for your new tablet. 

BlackBerry PlayBook Accessories
BlackBerry PlayBook Games and Applications
More BlackBerry PlayBook Discussion in the CrackBerry forums

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Reader comments

Got a new BlackBerry PlayBook for Christmas? Check out these guides to get started


Excellent blog, boss! I'm going to have to direct my coworker here. He got a 64GB PB for Christmas and right now *I* am his guidebook! LOL

Hey you should include a section entitled "Things you can do while waiting for the Playbook to boot up"
In the section, list activities like:

1. Clean your entire house...twice
2. Rebuild the engine in your car
3. Read the bible from cover to cover AND most of Tolstoy's "War and Peace"

LOL....I'm just my PB....HATE the ridiculous boot up time.....come on BB10!

recent OS updates have reduced my boot time to approx 2.5mins. maybe that would have been a legitimate complaint last christmas...

Bold 9900 - Playbook 32GB

did you see the words "just teasing?"
Also, when OTHER tablets take as little as 20 seconds, it is STILL a legitimate complaint

i saw the words "just teasing" but you realize that some people will still take that seriously and use that as a reason to bash the PB? all i did was quantify what was said in your comment so a reader/potential buyer could see that "ridiculous" to you is 2.5mins and make their own decision of whether or not that's an issue to them. i didn't mean to offend you or anything but there are so many drama queens on CB, blowing non-issues out of proportion.

Bold 9900 - Playbook 32GB

also, i'm not gonna comment on all other tablets as i've only used an iPad 2 and a galaxy tab 10.1 extensively in addition to my playbook but you don't have to reboot PBs all that often (i've done it maybe a dozen times in a year) so in the grand scheme of things is it really something that needs to be complained about?

Bold 9900 - Playbook 32GB

You forgot to mention while waiting for certain sites to load you and your partner can play a game of checkers :) all kidding aside I love my PlayBook! Great information here for anyone who got one for Xmas.

My boot up was 2.40 min

The Playbook would be a super winner if the mobile version was similarly low priced.

I I didn't have Ipod Classic and I had more than 16 gig memory I would want to use the PB as a music

Would love to... But there are no Playbooks available in Portugal... I looked for almost 30 days for 2 to offer... And I had to go 100km to get just 1... The BB webstore is down... So... Here are the PlayBook???? I LOOOOOOVE mine... And my 9860....
Waiting for Z10 to be available in here at launch......

Jeez, did anyone actually get a play book for Christmas? I can't see any reason anyone would buy one except for the cheap price you can get for them online. It's time for RIM to either refresh it or abandon the tablet game.

I LOOOOOOVE my PlayBook... So I don't get why you say that...
Oh... And it will get BB10... So...It will be fully refreshed...

Lol I did just that. And most of the tweets are talking about the slow boot time of the playbook, the very very few tweets that there are at all.

Santa brought me one for xmas. 64gb for $199.99
Have been a BB user since the bb pearl days. Now using the 9700.
So far everything from the initial setup, to configuring wi-fi, bridge, tethering went smooth. Hooked it up to the lcd and used the remote option. Pretty slick.
Just wish the widevine media optimizer for Dish online would work.
No significant complaints so far though.

Maybe you shouldn't be making comments putting down RIM because apparently you don't own a playbook at all. Am I right?

Love that picture, that was me last Christmas when I received my Playbook, and have been enjoying it since!

I gave both of my boys a 32 gb Playbook along with the BB PB keyboard and travel charger each. Had them both set up, updated and loaded with some apps for them. The only time they set them down is when they are feeding there face, teenagers, so they do this alot, but only for the few seconds to stuff something in there mouth then its back onto Facebook, Tumbler and Twiter, while watching video's on You Tube.
The only thing I stressed to them is to watch the battery and not let it run down as I don't want to play the stack charging game.

Yo! With all the boot up talk going back and forth I decided to time mine. It took 2:21. I usually leave it in standby mode. If you need to restart it takes about 1:45. Anyways, I love my PB. Wouldn't trade it for something that boots quicker. Too many great features. Love how this thing pairs with my 9930. I keep it bridged most of the time and go back and forth. Anyways, if you got a playbook for christmas, enjoy. They are like nothing else in very positive ways. ;)

I got my 68yr old mother a PB. She loves it. She plays Bridge, and downloads books from the public library. What a great tablet!

ANYBODY sitting on the fence, BUY IT NOW!!! It will get blackberry 10 once it's released, you won't be left in the desert like most android tablets are when it comes to updates to software (apps get updates when released, android OS's notta!)!

Hi Just got myself a nov 2011 Playbook 64 Gb, updated to latest.
I'm quite happy with it; love the multitasking abilities, camera and general finish of the hardware.
However, I have two suggestions: 1 boot time is way too long.
2. There are apps missing that prevent productivity like native Dropbox (I just paid for Files & folders) & Skype. Joli OS for Linux has the best integration of these cloud services that I've seen on its 1.2 Dashboard.
Would I recommend to a friend? Maybe, depends on the OS updates that I hope to see.
Am I enjoying it? Yes, muchly.