BlackBerry Playbook 101

Got a new BlackBerry PlayBook for Christmas? Check out these guides to get started


BlackBerry PlayBook

So you got a new BlackBerry PlayBook for Christmas and aren't sure where to begin? Not to worry -- we have plenty of help and how-to guides to get you up and running. If you've never touched a tablet before or just aren't sure where to begin, we have plenty of info at hand to get you going. You can start with something as simple as finding a new wallpaper or jump right in to sharing files over wifi from your PC. Keep reading to find all you need to know about your new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet!

How to connect to and switch mobile networks using the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook

4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook

Out of the box, the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook is fairly easy to set-up. If you managed to place your SIM card in the device already, it will pretty much just take control over the situation and connect you right away.

However, given that the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook also has HSPA+ built into it and LTE is not exactly everywhere at the moment, maybe you don't want it to constantly be search for an LTE network to connect to?

In that case, there are some options available to help you address that situation. Go ahead and jump below for the full details on how to get connected and enable and disable certain networks, should the need to arise.

How to easily delete multiple Gmail calendars off your BlackBerry PlayBook


PlayBook Gmail Multiple Calendars

Back in February, I showed you how to add multiple Gmail calendars to your BlackBerry PlayBook. I've gotten a few requests since then on how to remove them so I thought I'd share the solution.

The process itself actually only takes a minute or two and is quite easy. If you do not still have the User Agent Switcher Add-On installed on your computer, you'll need to reinstall it to make this work. You'll follow some of the same instructions as in the previous post. The trick comes in once you've unchecked all the calendars you no longer want. Keep reading to see how to remove those unwanted calendars once and for all.

Using Dropbox,, Google Drive and SkyDrive on the BlackBerry PlayBook


Using Dropbox,, Google Drive and SkyDrive on the BlackBerry PlayBook

We know that we need more native apps for our beloved PlayBooks. We also know (even more so after BlackBerry World 2012) the BlackBerrys are for people who need to get stuff done. In today's world - no matter what business you are in - getting stuff done means having access to cloud storage.

For some platforms, there is an app for everything - including cloud storage. Our sister site (iMore) ran a great article on all the available apps for cloud storage on iOS, and it is worth a read.  For us PlayBook owners, we need to get a bit more creative. The good news, however, is that we can access all major cloud storage services on our PlayBook as easily and as effectively as any other platform...we just need to work a bit harder at it!

DDPB installer utility for BlackBerry PlayBook updated to v1.0.9


PlayBook Development Mode

Setting Up and Using BlackBerry Bridge on BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0


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.

How to allow attendees in Google Calendar on BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0


The Calendar application is just one of the great new features available on the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 software but it still needs a few fixes to make it perfect. For anyone that just has basic needs when it comes to using the Calendar, getting up and running is very simple. But for those of us that need a bit more functionality, a few tweaks need to be made. We already looked how to sync multiple calendars when using Gmail, but what about adding attendees to events?

Some of you may have noticed that when syncing a Google calendar to your PlayBook, the "Attendee" option is curiously missing. Well not to worry because there is a quick work around that will have you adding attendees in no time at all. Thankfully some forum members have already found a solution that seems to work flawlessly for most of us. Keep reading for the step-by-step guide to allowing attendees in your Google calendar on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Messaging app for PlayBook OS 2.0: Checking, replying and composing messages



The Messaging app in PlayBook 2.0 is one of the most welcomed new features. From one, central location, you can check, respond and compose messages. Both Email and Social Networking messages can now be handled in one app.

When you see that blinking red light, a simple touch of the Messages icon will allow to you to see your new Email, Twitter Direct Messages, LinkedIn messages and Facebook messages. We will show you how to check your messages, read them, reply and start a new message for any one of your connected accounts right from the Messages app. Read on for all the answers to your Messaging questions!