If you use a password on your BlackBerry Z10 or BlackBerry Q10 (as you should) you may have noticed that there doesn't appear to be a way to quickly lock the device. Of course you can set the timeout to just a minute and your phone will lock on its own, but what if you want to lock it immediately?

On older BlackBerry devices, if you had a password enabled, a Password Lock icon would appear on your homescreen. Selecting it quickly locked your device no matter how long you had your lock timeout set for.

I was a bit bummed when I noticed that there was no such icon on BlackBerry 10. The option is still there however - just in a different place. 

To instantly lock your device when using a password:

  • Hold down the top button on your Z10 or Q10. You'll see the power down screen with a row of icons along the bottom.
  • Tap the Lock icon and your device will go to sleep and activate your password lock. 

This comes in handy if you need to lock your device immediately for any reason as you won't have to worry about the password kicking in after the specified timeout. Give it a try! And if you haven't yet set a password for your BlackBerry 10 device you certainly should.

Need more help? Check out all of our BlackBerry 10 help and how-to guides.