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Getting Started with BlackBerry Blend


With the release of BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3, those using a BlackBerry Passport or Porsche Design P’9983 smartphone from BlackBerry can take advantage of BlackBerry Blend.

section-3.png.originalsection-3.png.originalSimply put, BlackBerry Blend allows you to connect and interact with your BlackBerry device using your computer or tablet so you can accomplish the following:

  • Send and receive email messages and text messages (SMS)
  • Access your BBM chats, BBM Groups, and BBM Channels
  • Manage your calendar and view your daily, weekly, or monthly agenda
  • View and update your contacts
  • Copy and transfer files between your device and computer or tablet
  • Open a browser with a secure connection so you can access your organization’s intranet and public websites if your device is associated with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10

BlackBerry Blend also displays notifications on your computer or tablet whenever you receive an incoming message or notification so you can stay in touch without having to pick up your device.

BlackBerry Blend works over your Wi-Fi network or mobile network connection as well as a USB connection so you can decide just how you’d like to connect, or should I say Blend!

Tip: You can optionally turn off the ability for BlackBerry Blend to work over the mobile network. To do this go to Settings followed by Device Connections, and then turn off Use Mobile Network.

To help you get started check out the following four-step guide :)

Step 1 – Make sure BlackBerry Blend supports your device

To use BlackBerry Blend you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

  • BlackBerry device running BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3 or later such as the BlackBerry Passport or the Porsche Design P’9983 smartphone from BlackBerry
  • Computer using Windows 7 and later or Mac OS X 10.7 and later
  • Tablet using Android 4.4 or later or iOS 7.0 or later
  • IPv6 networking enabled

Step 2 – Install BlackBerry Blend on your computer or tablet

To use BlackBerry Blend you’ll need to install BlackBerry Blend on your computer or tablet. Using either your computer or tablet, visit and follow the instructions to download and install BlackBerry Blend. BlackBerry Blend is preloaded with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3 so the next step is setting up Blend so your device and computer or tablet can communicate with each other.

Step 3 – Set up and use BlackBerry Blend

To communicate with your device you need to complete a one-time pairing and update the BlackBerry Blend app on your device. Complete the following steps to complete this quick and easy process:

  1. On your computer or tablet, open BlackBerry Blend

    • You’ll be guided through the BlackBerry Blend update the first time you launch it using BlackBerry World
  2. Do one of the following on your device
    • If your device is connected to your computer using a USB cable, click USB Cable Connection
    • If your computer or tablet is connected to a Wi-Fi network or the mobile network, click Wireless Network Connection
  3. When prompted, sign with your BlackBerry ID
    • To find your BlackBerry ID, on your device go to Settings BlackBerry ID
  4. After a connection is made, verify that the passkey on your device matches the passkey on your computer or tablet
  5. If your device is password protected, type your password
    • Optionally, click Remain signed in if you do not want to enter your password again when connecting to BlackBerry Blend

After you complete the one-time pairing process you are ready to Blend! Just tap any of the following items to start interacting with data stored on your smartphone.


Note: Work Browser only appears on devices associated with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

Step 4 – Frequently asked questions

Can I use BlackBerry Blend with multiple devices on the same computer or tablet?

If you share a computer or tablet in your household, have no worries, everyone can use BlackBerry Blend!

All you need to do is complete the one-time pairing process using each device and you can sign in to each device by logging in to BlackBerry Blend using the device’s BlackBerry ID.

How do I turn off notifications?

By default notifications appear on your computer or tablet whenever you receive a new message or notification. To turn this feature off (or on) open BlackBerry Blend on your computer or tablet, and then click or tap the Settings icon in the top-right corner. Within this Quick Settings menu, click Notifications On, or Off.


How do I copy files between my device and computer or tablet?

To copy files back and forth click or tap File Manager within BlackBerry Blend, browse to the folder you’d like to manage, and then drag files to, or from the folder.

Can I browse the web using my device’s mobile network connection using BlackBerry Blend?

If you use a BlackBerry 10 device that is associated with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 you can use the Work Browser to access your company’s intranet in addition to public websites.

If you’d like to learn more about using the Work Browser within BlackBerry Blend contact your BlackBerry Enterprise Service Administrator.

Can I prevent BlackBerry Blend from using my mobile network connection?

Absolutely! Using your BlackBerry 10 device, go to Settings followed by Device Connections. Within this screen turn off Use Mobile Network to force BlackBerry Blend to use only a Wi-Fi or USB connection.



Can I turn off BlackBerry Blend?

If desired, you can optionally turn off BlackBerry Blend. Using your BlackBerry 10 device, go to Settings followed by Device Connections. Within this screen turn off Allow Connections.

Going one step further you can turn BlackBerry Blend on or off through the BlackBerry 10 Quick Settings menu. Using your device, go to Settings followed by Quick Settings, and then select the check the box next to BlackBerry Blend.

Where can I learn more about BlackBerry Blend and get help if I’m stuck?

To learn more about BlackBerry Blend and get help if needed make sure you visit the BlackBerry Blend support website located at

If after reviewing the support site you have questions, pop by the BlackBerry Blend discussion board within the BlackBerry Support Community Forums or send a question to @BlackBerryHelp on Twitter.

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

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BlackBerry Passport Launch Event…RIMarkable Has You Covered!



Well folks here we are once again. The company that s0 many had written off and said would be dead and gone is on the eve of a much anticipated launch event. Make sure you keep it locked right here at RIMarkable as we will provide you with all the information needed in order to keep you in updated on this beautiful 3 city launch event.

Most people in the BlackBerry community and those outside the community are highly speculating just what BlackBerry will unveil tomorrow at the launch. Some say it will be the new BlackBerry Passport while some say even another tablet, could we see a Play Book 2 running BlackBerry OS 10.3?

I am excited to see BlackBerry continue to move forward despite the negative editorial campaign from media and bloggers. I do have to admit that BlackBerry as of recent have been getting some much needed positive press and it should continue to only get more positive after this event.

I will be glued to the live stream tomorrow morning right here at RIMarkable at 9am EDT, so join me in the excitement that is BlackBerry!

I have provided a link below for the Live Stream for tomorrow’s launch event, I’m ready are you?

BlackBerry Launch Event


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Help out and Win a BlackBerry Passport Courtesy of Morten Lindstrom



Every now and then there comes a time where we need to pitch in and help out family and friends.  A good friend and fellow BlackBerry Elite is in need of your help as his wife is suffering from sickle cell anemia. My friend is currently having a fundraiser in order to help with the ongoing medical bills and treatment needed. 

In order to help out a good buddy of mine, Alec Saunders, has helped put together a raffle to win a brand new unlocked BlackBerry Passport for any donations $20 and over.  Please see the link below for all the details. 

Click Here for Details

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


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

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!

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The Official Unboxing of the Porsche Design P’9983



BlackBerry has released its beautifully designed Porsche P’9983. If you can afford to rock this beautiful device it’s almost a guarantee that you will get noticed almost instantly just based on the fact of how well built the phone is. Hopefully one day I can step my game up and add this into the collection but in the mean time I’ll stick to looking at videos and photos of the P’9983.

I have provided some specs and linked the official BlackBerry unboxing video below. Enjoy the video and let us know what you think of the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983.


  • 3.1-inch 720×720 touchscreen
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 processor
  • 8-megapixel rear, 2-megapixel front cameras
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage
  • microSD slot with support for cards up to 128GB
  • microHDMI port
  • 2100mAh removable battery
  • HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz in North America, 850/900/1900/2100 in other regions
  • LTE bands 2/4/5/17 in North America, 3/7/8/20 in other regions
  • BlackBerry 10.3 OS




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