How to use BlackBerry Remote with your PlayBook

By DJ Reyes on 5 Mar 2012 04:49 pm EST

It has been just over a week since the release of PlayBook OS 2.0. An important part of the update was the improved BlackBerry Bridge and the introduction of BlackBerry Remote.

What is cool is the swipe gestures you do on your PlayBook can also be done on your touchscreen BlackBerry phone. So swiping from the top will bring down the options of the particular app you have open and swiping from the bottom will show you your running apps. Even the diagonal swipe gestures from the top corners work on a touchscreen BlackBerry phone. With non-touchscreen devices there are keyboard combinations and other options that need to be used in order to replicate the swipe gestures. As well as that you can actually just use the trackpad to replicate the swipe gestures. For example, if you moved the cursor all the way to the top of the screen the cursor icon changes to a setting icon along with a down-pointing arrow and if you click your trackpad this will bring down the options menu. The same can be done with all four sides of the screen, even the top corners. 

The biggest thing of course is the ability to use the BlackBerry keyboard to type things out making it even more convenient to type out those emails on your BlackBerry PlayBook. The keyboard on your BlackBerry phone can be used to type into any text field so it will very useful BBM chats too (if you have that selected through BlackBerry Bridge). One thing I have noticed is that when typing into password fields is that on your BlackBerry device the text will show but on your PlayBook these will be asterixed out as usual.

Check out the video to see a quick look at BlackBerry Remote on your PlayBook. Visit the PlayBook forums to discuss BlackBerry Remote

Reader comments

How to use BlackBerry Remote with your PlayBook


Nobody ever mentions the ability to Left and Right click from the menu. With the way some web apps are handled, that feature is priceless. Several sites were inaccessible before that feature was implemented.

OS2 and Bridge2, awesome combo! Great with HDMI on the boardroom projector or the rec-room big screen.

The remote control needs work. I always end up with garbage on the PlayBook because when you select a word from autotext on the phone, it doesn't fix what was transmitted to the PB side.
And a lot of WebWorks apps are not compatible, because apps are usually built to listen to tap events, but the remote sends mouse clicks.

I was using it this morning. Worked great. Just one question, how do you swipe from left to right, not using the bezel. In the NFB app you have to swipe to scroll across the different movies.

And anyone using the Podcast app will probably know how difficult it is to delete podcasts. Using the remote it works 100% of the time with the cursor.

On NFB, place the cursor on an empty part of the pane, and while holding the track pad down, flick sideways and release to show the next pane.

I wish the remote worked with Splashtop. Using the PlayBook's touchscreen to control your PC desktop is a little tricky, and having access to your phone's trackpad would make that a lot easier.

As of right now,no, but that always could be fixed with and update.

Is their anyway to zoom into a browser video with a non touch screen BB?

Nope; I'd love this feature - coupled with the ability to control the music and video player of the playbook.
Hopefully that will make it to the next bridge update.

Not being sarcastic. Why would you use the remote function to type an email on your phone to your PB? Why not just send the email from your phone?

Hi @Omahahaha,
Ty from RIM here. Fair question, and I want to jump in quickly and offer my .02. There are a variety of reasons, but by connecting your BlackBerry smartphone to your PlayBook, you can utilize the “Open on PlayBook” feature to open and edit email attachments on the PlayBook’s larger screen before sending the email. You can also attach pictures or large documents stored on your PlayBook to the email that you’re typing up on your BlackBerry smartphone.
For a full look at the features of BlackBerry Remote, check out this post on our Inside BlackBerry Help Blog that breaks down BlackBerry Bridge in more detail:
Ty, RIM Social Media Team