Keyboard Shortcuts for Locking your BlackBerry

By AllBlackBerry on 21 Mar 2007 05:06 pm EDT

If you are tired of accidentally mashing your BlackBerry keys and dialing strange numbers cause your BlackBerry is floating around in your purse or pocket, you’ll need to lock your BlackBerry keyboard. You can do it with or without a password, but either way, then number of accidental calls to complete strangers should go way down.

There are multiple ways to lock the keyboard on your BlackBerry. The first and easiest is the lock icon on your home screen. Highlight it and start it up by pressing the trackwheel or trackball. Your BlackBerry is now locked, meaning that pressing random keys on the keypad is less likely to make bad things happen. To unlock it, press * and then the green phone key. If you have set a security password, then you will have to enter that password to unlock the device.

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Keyboard Lock Icon

There are also keyboard shortcuts to accomplish the same thing. On Suretype devices, like the 7100 or the Pearl, you can hold down the “*” key and the device will lock. On Qwerty devices like the 8700, hold down the Alt-key and the Enter-key.

To set your BlackBerry to lock automatically when you holster the device, go to Options, Security, General Settings and set the Lock Handheld Upon Holstering to “Yes”.


Lock When Holstering

If you’ve set a password on your BlackBerry, you will have to enter it to unlock the device. Be careful, if you forget your password and guess it incorrectly too many times, your BlackBerry will be automatically wiped!

To set the security password, go to Options, Security, General Settings and change the Password field to “Enabled”. Now select “Save” from the menu, and you will be prompted for your new password.

New Password

Setting Password

Whether you set a password or not, once your device is locked, it will display the Owner information that you have entered into the device. This might be a good place to leave an email address or phone number in case you ever lose your BlackBerry.

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Keyboard Shortcuts for Locking your BlackBerry


So, after updating my software on my Verizon Tour the Keyboard Lock icon is no longer available... Anyone have any insight on this?

It seems that the new BB OS upgrade took away the feature where we could lock our blackberries and unlock it with a simple * and phone key combination. Now, we need to enter a minimum 4-digit password. In order to set it up, we go under "options" and "screen/keyboard". Then, an only then, will the lock icon show up. Then, and only then, can we attribute the lock feature to a quick key or side button.

The new set really isn't better, as the new screen which requires a password has a default for calling emergency and I accidentally purse dialed 911. Now I have a warning and the next time will get a fine.

This is highly inconvenient as now there are less and less holsters available in stores and more and more skins. The skins are actually more convenient as it takes less time to answer one's phone, but the bottom line is that we end up pocket/purse dialing a lot.

Has anyone had any success with making suggestions to BlackBerry about these types of issues?

Mine is gone too about to get mad!!! My kids will call everyone in the phone book and I am bad about my phone being in my purse and dialing stuFf! I NEED THE LOCK BUTTON OR FIND OUT HOW TO LOCK IT!!!


For BB 8530, press/hold "A" key and BB locks/sleeps. Press one of your "home row" keys and get msg "Keypad is locked. Press the Mute button to unlock" Mute button is on top of BB in middle.

Or, when BB locked/sleeping after pressing/holding "A" key, press "Mute" button on top/center of BB to wake/unlock but this puts you in Media folder so need to press back arrow or end key to get to home screen.

Other BBs have different/similiar sequence and are listed on above site.

Liked the old way better. Maybe a tweak/fix on next round of update.

Good luck.

I had the same problem after new upgrade. However, on the Tour (9630) there is little lock (a picture really) on the upper left side of the very top of the BB (just found it, it is not easy to see). Push to lock, push to unlock.

I ended up setting up the left convenience key to "password lock", now that the "a" key doesn't work.
It's under "options" and "screen/keyboard". Good Luck!!