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How to switch from BlackBerry OS 5.0 or later to BlackBerry 10 using BlackBerry Link

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If you are looking for a speedy, hassle-free way to switch from a BlackBerry OS device to a new BlackBerry 10 smartphone make sure you take advantage of BlackBerry Link.

Not only can you switch devices, BlackBerry Link can also help you manage your music, videos, and files, update your device software, synchronize your personal information, and of course, back up and restore your BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

  • Personal contacts and calendar appointments*
  • Tasks and memos**
  • BBM contacts and groups
  • Password Keeper entries
  • Phone call logs
  • Wi-Fi profiles
  • Browser bookmarks and folders
  • SMS and MMS messages
  • Alarms
  • Unencrypted files from your built-in media storage

Tip: Switching from Android or iPhone? Check out our post on how to transfer your data wirelessly using the Device Switch app!

* Any data that you back up wirelessly, or synchronize with an online account (such as Gmail or Hotmail) will not be migrated. Records you synchronize with BlackBerry Enterprise Server will also not be transferred. This information includes items such as Contacts and Calendar entries; only records stored locally on the smartphone will be migrated. To obtain the missing records please add the email account you previously used to synchronize this data.

** Tasks and memos are only transferred if your old BlackBerry smartphone was not activated on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server and can be found in the Remember app.

Step 1 – Install BlackBerry Link and connect your BlackBerry OS device

Available for PC and Mac, visit the BlackBerry Link website to download the appropriate version of BlackBerry Link.

After you install BlackBerry Link, open it, and then connect your BlackBerry OS device. After your device is detected, click Transfer Device Data. A summary of information that will be transferred to your new device appears.

After you finish reviewing this information, click Next to start copying data from your BlackBerry OS device.

Step 2 – Prepare your new device

Because you are moving from a BlackBerry OS device to a BlackBerry 10 device you must use a micro SIM card. If you switch to the upcoming BlackBerry Passport you’ll need to use a nano SIM card.

If you don’t have a SIM card, contact your wireless provider to get the right type of SIM card based on the device you are switching to. They can also help verify that you are set up with the right data plan for your new device.

After you insert your new SIM card, complete the setup wizard and log in to your new BlackBerry 10 smartphone using the same BlackBerry ID.

Now you can set up your email and social networking accounts. To do this, tap Settings followed by Accounts, and then tap the account type you’d like to add.

For more information about adding an email account, tap the Help app on the home screen of your device.

If your previous device was activated on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, contact your administrator for the information you require to continue receiving work email.

Step 3 – Connect your new device

After you complete the setup wizard on your new device and add your email and social networking accounts, disconnect your old device, and then connect your new BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

Click your new device when it appears; specify a name, for example “MyBlackBerry”, and then click Next. Information saved from your old device will now be copied to your new device.

Step 4 – Secure your new device and turn on BlackBerry Protect

After you set up your accounts and transfer your old device information to your new device, take a moment to set a device password.

Setting a password can prevent unwanted access if you leave your device unattended, and in the event you misplace your device, no one can view your personal information.

To set up a device password, complete the following steps:

  1. On the home screen, swipe down of the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Security and Privacy
  3. Tap Device Password
    • To set a device password comprising characters and numbers, set the Device Password switch to On, and then enter your desired password twice
    • To set a quick device password comprising only numbers, set the Simple Password switch to On, and then enter your desired password twice

After you set a device password, turn on BlackBerry Protect. Doing so can save you a lot of frustration if you ever misplace your device. To learn more check out our post on how to find a lost BlackBerry 10 smartphone using BlackBerry Protect.

Step 5 – Security wipe your old device

After you complete this process don’t forget to perform a security wipe on your old BlackBerry OS device to remove your personal information. To learn more about what a security wipe does, and how to do it, check out our post “what is a security wipe and when should I use it?

Step 6 – Learn more and where to find help

The easiest way to learn more about your new BlackBerry 10 device is by opening the Help app, which contains a lot of useful information ranging from tips and tricks to how-to overviews. You can also view, or optionally download and save the user guide for your device by visiting http://docs.blackberry.com.

I also strongly recommend visiting the set-up page—click the following link depending on your BlackBerry 10 device.

If after reviewing this content you have a question, pop by the BlackBerry Support Community Forums or send a tweet to @BlackBerryHelp.

Got a question about using the Device Switch app, leave a comment and let me know!



Article source: http://helpblog.blackberry.com/2014/09/how-to-switch-from-blackberry-os-5-0-or-later-to-blackberry-10-using-blackberry-link/


How to switch from a BlackBerry 7 device to BlackBerry 10 device using a media card

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MediaCardSwitch-FeaturedMediaCardSwitch-FeaturedIf you use a BlackBerry 7 device or later, did you know that you can switch to a new BlackBerry 10 device using your media card?

Using this feature, you can move alarm settings, BBM contacts, browser bookmarks, text messages, phone history, and your wireless connection profiles to your BlackBerry 10 device.

Here’s how to do it!

Tip: Switching from Android or iPhone? Check out our post on how to switch to BlackBerry 10 using the Device Switch app (which also works on BlackBerry 7!)

  1. On the home screen of your current device, tap Setup
  2. Tap Device Switch
  3. Tap Using a Media Card
    • Uncheck Save emails as this feature is not supported when switching to a BlackBerry 10 device.
  4. Create a password for your saved BlackBerry Application Data
  5. Tap Save
  6. After you save the data, remove the media card from your current device and insert it into your BlackBerry 10 device
  7. On your BlackBerry 10 device, tap DeviceSwitch1-SMDeviceSwitch1-SM Setup followed by DeviceSwitch2-SMDeviceSwitch2-SM Device Switch
  8. Enter the password for your saved data that you set during steps 5 and 6
  9. Tap Transfer
  10. After the transfer is finished, tap Done

When you switch devices using this method, your email accounts and unsupported applications are not transferred to your BlackBerry 10 device. After you complete the preceding steps, you must add your email accounts by going to Settings followed by Accounts.

To download applications that were not transferred to your new device open BlackBerry World and search for the applications or games. If you can’t find a particular application or game this indicates that it does not support BlackBerry 10.

When you have finished setting up your accounts and adding your personal information to your new device, take a moment to set a device password. Doing so can prevent unwanted access if you leave your device unattended, and in the event you misplace your device, no one can view your personal information.

To set up a device password, complete the following steps:

  1. On the home screen, swipe down of the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Security and Privacy
  3. Tap Device Password
    • To set a device password comprising characters and numbers, set the Device Password switch to On, and then enter your desired password twice
    • To set a quick device password comprising only numbers, set the Simple Password switch to On, and then enter your desired password twice

After you set a device password, turn on BlackBerry Protect. Doing so can save you a lot of frustration if you ever misplace your device. To learn more check out our post on how to find a lost BlackBerry 10 smartphone using BlackBerry Protect.

When you finish this process don’t forget to perform a security wipe on your BlackBerry 7 device to remove your personal information. To learn more about what a security wipe does, and how to do it, check out our post “what is a security wipe and when should I use it?

Finally, learn more about your new BlackBerry 10 device is by opening the Help app, which contains a lot of useful information ranging from tips and tricks to how-to overviews. You can also view, or optionally download and save the user guide for your device by visiting http://docs.blackberry.com.

I also strongly recommend visiting the set-up page—click the following link depending on your BlackBerry 10 device.

If after reviewing this content you have a question, pop by the BlackBerry Support Community Forums or send a tweet to @BlackBerryHelp.

Got a question, leave a comment and let me know!



Article source: http://helpblog.blackberry.com/2014/09/how-to-switch-from-a-blackberry-7-device-to-blackberry-10-device-using-a-media-card/


Switching to BlackBerry 10 using the Device Switch app

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Did you know that you can wirelessly switch from a BlackBerry 7, Android, or iPhone to your new BlackBerry 10 device using the Device Switch app?

Install this app on your old and new device, complete a few steps, and you can transfer the following information:

  • Contacts (including contact photos, birthdays, etc.)
  • Calendar items (including recurring entries)
  • Camera photos
  • Camera videos
  • And more depending on the device that you are switching from

Step 1 – Install the Device Switch app on your old device and new device

Using the web browser on each device, navigate to http://www.deviceswitch.com. Doing so opens the respective store on your device and allows you to install the Device Switch app.

After you complete the installation, connect each device to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2 – Open the Device Switch app on your old and new device

DeviceSwitchDeviceSwitchAfter connecting both devices to same Wi-Fi network, open the Device Switch app on each device, review the instructions and you’ll notice that your devices automatically discover each other.

Note: Corporate, academic, or public networks may be configured to prohibit devices from connecting to each other so you may need to use Wi-Fi at home

After your old device discovers your new device, select your new device and enter the PIN that appears on your old device. After you verify your PIN, select the information on your old device that you would like to transfer.

After you select the information, tap Next to start the transfer process. Progress of the transfer will appear on each device.

Transferring a lot of data may take some time but you can still multitask and use your device while the transfer occurs

Step 3 – Add your email and social networking accounts

After you successfully transfer your data, all that’s left to do is set up your email and social network accounts on your new BlackBerry 10 device.

Tap Settings followed by Accounts, and then select the type of account want to add.

Step 4 – Secure your new device and turn on BlackBerry Protect

When you have finished setting up your accounts and adding your personal information to your new device, take a moment to set a device password. Doing so can prevent unwanted access if you leave your device unattended, and in the event you misplace your device, no one can view your personal information.

To set up a device password, complete the following steps:

  1. On the home screen, swipe down of the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Security and Privacy
  3. Tap Device Password
    • To set a device password comprising characters and numbers, set the Device Password switch to On, and then enter your desired password twice
    • To set a quick device password comprising only numbers, set the Simple Password switch to On, and then enter your desired password twice

After you set a device password, turn on BlackBerry Protect. Doing so can save you a lot of frustration if you ever misplace your device. To learn more check out our post on how to find a lost BlackBerry 10 smartphone using BlackBerry Protect.

Step 5 – Learn more and where to find help

The easiest way to learn more about your new BlackBerry 10 device is by opening the Help app, which contains a lot of useful information ranging from tips and tricks to how-to overviews. You can also view, or optionally download and save the user guide for your device by visiting http://docs.blackberry.com.

I also strongly recommend visiting the set-up page—click the following link depending on your BlackBerry 10 device.

If after reviewing this content you have a question, pop by the BlackBerry Support Community Forums or send a tweet to @BlackBerryHelp.

Got a question about using the Device Switch app, leave a comment and let me know!



Article source: http://helpblog.blackberry.com/2014/09/switching-to-blackberry-10-using-the-device-switch-app/


Printearth is making the 3D printer revolution biodegradable

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Printearth is an Ottawa based startup which specializes in manufacturing 100% biodegradable plastic filaments for 3D printers. Plastic filament is essentially the ink for 3D printers since it’s melted and applied in thin layers by the printer to produce physical objects. The current industry standards are either petroleum based plastics or PLA. Even though PLA is a bioplastic, it’s only compostable in commercial composters.

Read the full article at this Connectedly link.

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How to encrypt your media card using BlackBerry 10

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MediaCardEncryptionMediaCardEncryptionIt’s a scenario no one wants to encounter, but losing your device and having someone you don’t know looking through your data is pretty scary.

The first step to prevent prying eyes from reviewing your data is to set a device password, which is something I cannot recommend enough. If you haven’t done this already make sure you do because Media Card Encryption requires that you set one.

While a device password prevents someone from accessing your device memory, what about your media card? What’s to stop someone from simply removing your media card and inserting it into their device or computer and viewing your media card content?

The solution to this problem is Media Card Encryption, which prevents this scenario from occurring. I use this feature personally and today I’d like to show you how to enable it on your device.

Before enabling Media Card Encryption, you must know three important things:

  1. Media card encryption requires a device password.
  2. Trying to access data from an encrypted media card if you have USB Mass Storage mode set to On, or by removing the encrypted memory card from the device and inserting it into a card reader on a PC or another smartphone, results in the inability to successfully open the contents of the data. Since this is the case, you must use BlackBerry Link to view files stored on your device if Media Card Encryption is set to On, and avoid using USB Mass Storage mode.
  3. To use and access data stored on your media card in another device, turn off Media Card Encryption before you remove your media card.

Tip: To learn more about expectations when using Media Card Encryption check out KB25484 – Expectations when encryption is enabled for a media card in a BlackBerry smartphone. If you use BlackBerry OS and want to encrypt your media card, check out KB12999 – How to encrypt files on an installed media card in the BlackBerry smartphone.

How to turn on Media Card Encryption

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Security
  3. Tap Encryption
  4. Set the Media Card Encryption switch to On
    • If you don’t have one set already, you will be asked to set a device password

After you complete these steps, your device will begin to encrypt data stored on your media card. A progress indicator will appear within the Encryption settings screen so you can identify when the process is complete. If you have a lot of data this can take a bit of time so feel free to multitask while the encryption process does its thing.

To turn off Media Card Encryption repeat these steps, but set Media Card Encryption to Off at which point your media card contents will be decrypted.

After you complete these steps you can have peace of mind knowing that scenario of someone removing your media card and viewing your stored data can’t happen!

Got a question? Leave a comment and let me know!



Article source: http://helpblog.blackberry.com/2014/09/how-to-encrypt-your-media-card-using-blackberry-10/


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