Quick Tip: Change the look of your BlackBerry using accessibility options

By Adam Zeis on 30 Jul 2010 12:32 pm EDT
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There are loads and loads of options buried in the BlackBerry OS, some of which we never even touch (or have any idea what they do). One of the most common overlooked is the accessibility options (Option > Advanced Options > Accessibility). This set of options helps people with disabilities better use there BlackBerry by helping with vision or hearing. From here, you have the option to change your Grid Layout, Color Contrast and Event Sounds. The Grid Layout option lets you tweak your homescreen settings so you can view icons in the default view (6x3 with the default theme) 1x1, 2x2, 3x3 or 4x4. Pretty cool if you like bigger icons or just want to change things up (check out some screens after the jump). You can also turn on Event Sounds which will alert you on full/low batttery and also when a USB cable is connected/disconnected. Last and possibly coolest is the Color Contrast. From here you can change to Reverse Contrast or Greyscale. These two you really have to see for yourself so play around and see how you like it. The only drawback is EVERYTHING takes on new colors, including all of your photos, but it's still good for a laugh. Hit the jump for some more images. Thanks Victoria!

BlackBerry Accessibility Options


BlackBerry Accessibility Options


BlackBerry Accessibility Options


BlackBerry Accessibility Options
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Quick Tip: Change the look of your BlackBerry using accessibility options


This is quite interesting. I thought it was just wallpapers that could keep my BlackBerry fresh. Good looking out.

I'm talking about the one on the left :| . Not the accessibility options. The theme on the left on the homescreen. I'm not a retard

Great heads up...as a disabled vet its great to know folks are lookin out...as a BB lover (even though its ONLY a Pearl Flip LOL) its good to find new ways to "tweak" my BlackBerry

Nice, with my eyesight I find white text on dark background much easier to read. On the internet way too many websites/forums has white background, but when I go to Steam or Star Wars Galaxies forums the text there is real easy for me to read and I set my browser's font to Tahoma. I tweaked my BB's to use light text on dark background (my wallpaper is of either Darth Vader or Darth Maul).

PS I really like that Planet Express pic, I should look for that pic.

I'm just curious how the inverted scheme would really make the device more accessible to disable people? To me it seems they would have the same problem as with the normal scheme, but then again, my eye's are pretty normal. I get that swapping white background and black text so you have white text on black instead makes it easier to see (I typically do this myself), but why the rest of the colors? Could anyone enlighten me?

I have a BB 8330m. I goto options, advanced options, then? There was no option for accessibility. Any ideas? Running 4.5.