Setting Up and Using BlackBerry Bridge on BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0

BlackBerry Bridge Setup
By DJ Reyes on 2 Mar 2012 03:19 pm EST

BlackBerry Bridge was updated to version 2.0 to coincide with the huge BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update. In the video above, we will cover how to set up and use the new BlackBerry Bridge app.

The biggest feature of the updated BlackBerry Bridge app was the Remote Control feature allowing you to control your PlayBook with your BlackBerry phone. BlackBerry Bridge also now gives you the choice to select what items you want to be displayed on your PlayBook. This option is a welcome addition since BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 now has native email, contacts and calendars.  If you have those apps added through BlackBerry Bridge and navitely on your PlayBook, you may find that you get double notifications.

So, let's go through getting BlackBerry Bridge setup.

Setting Up and Using BlackBerry Bridge on BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0

Step One
Download and install BlackBerry Bridge 2.0 to your BlackBerry phone. You can download this from App World.

Step Two

On your PlayBook, go to BlackBerry Bridge in the Settings. Tap on Set-up and then enter a name for you PlayBook where prompted, then tap Next.

BlackBerry Bridge PlayBook name 

Step Three

BlackBerry Bridge Installation prompt 

You are then asked to install BlackBerry Bridge. If you did this at Step One, then just tap Continue. If you have not yet installed BlackBerry Bridge you can tap Install Now to scan the barcode.

Step Four 

BlackBerry Bridge Add a Tablet

On your BlackBerry phone, launch BlackBerry Bridge and then select Add New Tablet, then Continue. You can then scan the barcode on your PlayBook and start the pairing process.

Step Five

BlackBerry Bridge items 

Once the devices have paired up you will then be given the ability to choose what items you would like to be displayed on your PlayBook through BlackBerry Bridge. If you will be adding emails, contacts and calendars natively to your PlayBook, it may be worthwhile deselecting Contacts, Calendar and Messages from here to avoid double notifications. Once you have chosen the items you want displayed via BlackBerry Bridge click Continue. Pairing is now complete.

Step Six

BlackBerry Bridge done 

On your PlayBook, tap Done, go to your homescreen and you will find an icon for BlackBerry Bridge. Inside the folder you will find the apps you selected to be displayed through BlackBerry Bridge.

BlackBerry Bridge Icon 

You now have BlackBerry Bridge setup on your PlayBook. All you have to do is tap on the app you want to run and voila BBM on a bigger screen, even better if you can use BlackBerry Remote to use your keyboard to make typing easier. Check out the video above for a quick run through on setting up BlackBerry Bridge.

To discuss BlackBerry Bridge or any other PlayBook issue, visit the PlayBook forums

Reader comments

Setting Up and Using BlackBerry Bridge on BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0


Love all these "How To" videos you guys have been doing since the release of 2.0. Thanks CrackBerry team!

Since upgrading to 2.0 I can no longer see most of my diary entries. They are there on my BB 9700 but not on my Playbook. Why is this? Have deleted the pairing and started again but nothing - just a few all day entries and I have lots in my BB calendar.
Any suggestions?

What happens if you bridge two phones to one PB?

Do you end up with two 'BlackBerry Bridge' icons? Can you rename them?

Or, do you continue to have only one BBB icon, and you must select a phone to use under BlackBerry Bridge setup?

Frequently since OS 2.0 has launched I have my regular bridge folder and than I get this other bridge folder after waking up the playbook however it is empty and as soon as I open it up it disappears and my regular folder remains. Thoughts

How can I change what displays with my already paired phone? Now that I have native email, would like to turn off bridge messages, but I don't get those display options unless I'm pairing a new device.

I am enjoying the new operating system. Love being able to have multiple applications opened and in use at once