How to change the swipe shortcuts on an Android powered BlackBerry device

If you own a BlackBerry DTEK50, then you'll probably know that there are some swipe gestures that allow you to launch apps from the homescreen. If you weren't aware of that, now you are, and this article will show you how to customize those gestures to your liking.

If you don't know how it the swipe gestures work, it's pretty simple. From the homescreen, you can swipe up from the Home button and go left, straight up or right. Each direction will launch a different app. By default, left opens Device Search, straight gives you the Phone app and going right will open the Hub.

You can assign each gesture with your preferred app so you can quickly load your favorite apps. Or you can assign it a shortcut such as Compose Email, Add Event and more. That way you won't have to have the icon on your homescreen so you can keep it looking clean.

How to change the swipe gesture shortcuts on a BlackBerry DTEK50

  1. Swipe down from the top and tap the gear icon on the top right to open up Settings. Swipe Shortcut Step 1

  2. Under the Device section tap on Swipe Shortcuts. Swipe Shortcut Step 2

  3. The three default app icons will show, just tap icon you wish you change. Swipe Shortcut Step 3

  4. A pop-up will show at the bottom that allows you to either choose an app or select a shortcut. Just choose your preference. The app or shortcut you choose will become the new icon on the shortcut settings page. Swipe Shortcut Step 4

That's it, you're done. You can change it as often as you want.

Have you set your swipe shortcuts? If so, what have you used it for apps or shortcuts, or both? Personally, I like having the Hub as the swipe to right gesture as it replicates BlackBerry 10 more than using the widget does. This way I go straight to the Hub. Sound off in the comments.