How to enable music shortcuts on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone

Music shortcut keys BlackBerry 10
By Zach Gilbert on 5 Feb 2013 12:09 pm EST

One thing that BlackBerry users have come to love over the years of owning a BlackBerry smartphone is the ability to control music with the volume keys. Almost from day one, on a BlackBerry smartphone you’ve been able to skip tracks or go back a track using the volume up and down keys. With the introduction of BlackBerry 10  and the increased focus on media, one would expect this feature to be there. While it is it isn’t enabled by default, don't worry - it's still there. Continue reading to learn how to enable the music shortcuts on your new BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

How to enable music shortcuts on BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry 10 system menu

From your BlackBerry 10 device home screen swipe down on the top bezel to reveal the system menu, then tap settings.

BlackBerry 10 system settings

Once in the system settings you’ll want to tap on the system volume menu.

BlackBerry 10 system volume

You should now be on the system volume page, from here turn on the “music shortcuts” toggle.

Once you’ve completed these steps you’re on your way to controlling the music playback on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone just by holding down the volume up, or the volume down keys.

Reader comments

How to enable music shortcuts on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone


No issue on my playbook regarding screen shots while listening to music/volume controls. I assume the same goes for the z10/q10.

I love this feature. I'm glad it was carried over from older BBOS. I use this at night in bed when my girlfriend is sleeping. I don't have to light up the bedroom by turning on my phone to simply skip a track! I've been using an Android phone, and I really missed this feature.

I would imagine the reason BB decided to not make this the default setting would be to alleviate any confusion for new users to the platform. Imagine coming from an ios device to the Z10 and not being able to figure out why tracks keep skipping when you put the device in your pocket. I think it was a smart decision to make it a "power user" option.

"Waiting Impatiently for Canada Post to deliver my ZED 10 today!!"

I think that's stupid. They should have enabled it by default. That is a distingusing factor for BB from the other platforms. Why are they trying to be everyone else, when there's is clearly better? #annoyed

Now all we need is BBM Music and I'm sold. I use this app too much to give up my 9900 just yet.

Rockin' the 9900

Amazing, a much needed tip from my favourite BlackBerry news provider.
Is there even another?!

Why can't you skip songs with the Premium Blackberry Headset's call answer button? I love being able to use that to skip forward (2 clicks) or skip backwards (3 clicks) when I'm running or have the phone in my pockets.

The iPhone/iPod allows you to do that, and that's always been my favorite feature. The volume-rocker method doesn't work well at all on my BB9700 (or rather, it works TOO well - whenever I want to increase/decrease volume I end up changing songs).

It's a good feature they've kept from BB7 but why haven't they kept other more important features like the equaliser? This article mentioned that BlackBerry 10 is focusing on media like music so surely it would make sense to the software designers to add an equaliser?

Great howto!

I listen to community radio, so I won't likely be using those controls unless I record music on my Q10 once I get it. :)