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How to change your video settings on the BlackBerry Priv camera

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How to change your video settings on the BlackBerry Priv camera

Our smartphones have become an all-in-one device that we carry around every day and it is the device most of us will reach for to take photos and videos. I love to take home videos on my BlackBerry smartphone, as I'm sure many of you do too, and that will continue with my use of the BlackBerry Priv. If you didn't know already, the Priv does 4K video recording but of course other video shooting modes are available too. Here's a quick tutorial on changing the video settings on your Priv.

How to set up multi-language keyboard support on the BlackBerry Priv

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One of the great things about the BlackBerry 10 keyboard is that it supports a multi-language setup that allows you to automatically switch between languages without having to toggle anything. When the BlackBerry Priv launched, the BlackBerry 10 keyboard was also ported over, much to everyone's delight. However, earlier versions of the keyboard did not allow multi-language support. The December (2015) update to the BlackBerry keyboard app has brought this function to the Priv and if you haven't found out how to set it up, read on below to get set up.

Got a new BlackBerry smartphone for the holidays? We're here to help!

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Got a new BlackBerry smartphone for the holidays? We're here to help!

If you just got a new BlackBerry and are looking for where to begin, we're here to help. Whether you're new to the platform or returning with a newer device, CrackBerry is here to provide help and how-to information from simple tasks on your BlackBerry device to the advanced. We can walk you through the baby steps of how to set up your e-mail, how to install applications, how to back up your device, and much more.

How to enable predictive emoji on the BlackBerry Priv

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In our increasingly digital age emoticons or emoji's as they're popularly associated have become a staple in our daily communications. With the launch of Priv, BlackBerry has plugged a major bit of user feedback by giving unfettered access to a full array of emojis to use with family, friends and colleagues.

In the latest update to the BlackBerry Priv keyboard the teams have brought in the ability to add predictive emoji to the typing experience on the device. Simply put, as you type the device can suggest swapping popular words for the associated emoji.

Priv Quick Tip: How to enable or disable physical keyboard gestures

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Priv Quick Tip: How to enable or disable physical keyboard gestures

Just like the physical keyboard on the BlackBerry Passport, the BlackBerry Priv keyboard is also touch-enabled allowing for keyboard gestures to be used. The keyboard gestures allow for such things as scrolling through web pages, fine cursor control plus, you can quickly flick predicted words onto the screen or should happen to make a mistake while typing, you can just swipe from right to left on the keyboard to delete words. It truly is an innovative addition to the keyboard experience but should you wish to disable the keyboard gestures, that's entirely possible as well. Here's how you can enable or disable them.

How to setup an email signature on your BlackBerry Priv from the BlackBerry Hub

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How to setup an email signature on your BlackBerry Priv from the BlackBerry Hub

Like BlackBerry 10 and BBOS devices in the past, the BlackBerry Priv has the ability of automatically setting a default email signature, such as the "Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone", we are used to seeing in the past. Of course, the Priv is no different and comes with its own default message when sending emails from the BlackBerry Hub, which users may or not want to keep.

Users are free to change the message to whatever they like for each email account activated in the BlackBerry Hub. Whether you wish to display your business card information, show off which device you own, set a more personal message for outgoing emails, or remove it altogether, the process is quite simple.

BlackBerry Priv teardown shows it's a little tricky to disassemble

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If for whatever reason you're looking to tear apart your brand new BlackBerry Priv, there's now a new video that might help you along. As they've done for some previous devices such as the BlackBerry Passport, the folks from Karalux Vietnam have now tore down the BlackBerry Priv to show everyone the bits and bobs inside.

Tips and tricks to extend your BlackBerry Priv battery life!

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PRIV battery

Though the BlackBerry Priv comes loaded with a 3410 mAh battery rated for up to 22.5 hours of mixed usage and should get most folks through their day with ease, there is certainly going to be times where it's simply not going to be enough for any number of reasons.

Luckily, the options for extending battery life on the BlackBerry Priv are pretty extensive through the OS, and when coupled with some best practices, you can really get more of out of the battery. Check our list of tips and tricks to help you extend your BlackBerry Priv battery life.

How to customize BlackBerry Priv keyboard shortcuts

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How to customize BlackBerry Priv keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts have long been a part of the BlackBerry experience and with the Priv, and ultimately BlackBerry's move to Android, they were sure to bring that experience and ease of use along. In fact, some might argue that the keyboard shortcut experience on the Priv is better than any previous BlackBerry device due to the fact the options are so plentiful and extremely customizable.

On the Priv, you get a bevy of preloaded shortcuts but should you wish to venture out on your own, you even have the option of choosing long press options and short press options, meaning you can have more than one shortcut assigned to any given key. It is quite a fantastic experience, and if you're wondering what those preloaded shortcuts are or how you can create your own, this is the guide for you.

How to use Advanced Interactions on the BlackBerry Priv

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How to use Advanced Interactions on the BlackBerry Priv

Although the Priv is, for the most part, a stock Android experience, BlackBerry did bring some of their own special functions over to the device in various ways. One set of features in particular that was brought over from BlackBerry 10 is the Advanced Interactions. Using Advanced Interactions, Priv owners do such things as flip their device over to mute incoming calls, save battery life by placing the device face down on a flat surface and have the screen stay on longer when you hold it in your hand. Enabling and disabling Advanced Interactions is all fairly simple. Here is how you can do that and some brief explanations of which each option does.

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