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58 TableT Tips
Sync Your Devices
To sync files between your PlayBook
and PC, you’ll first need to install the
BlackBerry Device Manager on your
computer and then connect to your
home Wi-Fi network. If you have a
BlackBerry smartphone and want to
acccess your BlackBerry Messenger,
Calendar, MemoPad, Messages, and
Tasks on your PlayBook, you’ll need
to pair the two devices using the
BlackBerry Bridge. The first thing
you’ll need to do is pair your phone
(running OS 5 or higher) with your
PlayBook via Bluetooth.
Install BlackBerry Device Manager
1 Connect the PlayBook to your PC via
a USB wire.
2 Your PlayBook will show a prompt
telling you to install the correct drivers
onto your PC.
3 From your notebook, select Run Setup
.exe from the prompt and follow the on-
4 Disconnect your PlayBook from your
PC and then reconnect.
5 After reconnecting the tablet, your
PlayBook will display a message saying
you are connected to your computer. You
can now sync files between your PC and
tablet through Windows Explorer.
Share Files Wirelessly
1 Connect your PlayBook to the same
network as your PC.
2 Open the Storage & Sharing tab and
select File Sharing and Wi-Fi Sharing.
3 Slide the Wi-Fi Sharing tab to On and
follow the on-screen instructions.
4 Select the Properties tab and set your
computer’s workgroup name, as well as
a username. You can also set a password
from the Storage & Sharing menu.
5 Select Computer from your PC’s Start
6 Your PlayBook’s name should now
be visible under the Network Location
7 Select your PlayBook to sync the tablet
with your PC.
8 Enter your username and password if
you chose to use one during the setup.
Pair Your Phone with Your Tablet
1 Turn on your phone’s Bluetooth by
navigating to the phone’s app drawer,
selecting the Connections icon, and
checking the box next to the Bluetooth
option. You’ll know it’s on when a green
check appears and the Bluetooth logo
pops up in your phone’s status bar.
2 From the Connections menu, press
the phone’s menu key, scroll down to
Bluetooth Options, and set the Discover-
able setting to Yes.
3 On your PlayBook, tap the Bluetooth icon
in the status bar in the top right corner of
the screen and set the switch to On.
4 Tap the large Bluetooth icon again to go
to your PlayBook’s Bluetooth settings, tap
Add New Device, then select Search.
5 Select your phone from the list, and a
prompt will appear on both your PlayBook
and phone with the same six-digit code.
Select Confirm to pair the devices.
Set Up BlackBerry Bridge
1 Open the PlayBook’s Settings menu,
tap the BlackBerry Bridge tab, and select
your phone. You should now receive an
error prompt asking you to ensure that
the BlackBerry Bridge is installed on your
smartphone. Tap the Install Now button
located below the message.
2On the next screen you’ll see a QR code
and instructions for downloading the Black-
Berry Bridge app onto your phone.
3 With your phone, open the BlackBerry
App World app, press the phone’s menu
key, and select Scan a Barcode.
4 After you scan the QR code, you will
be prompted to download the BlackBerry
5 Install and open the app to turn Black-
Berry Bridge on.
6Go back to your PlayBook and return
to the BlackBerry Bridge menu and select
your phone from the list.
7 Click Yes when your phone asks if
you want to accept a con nection with
8If all goes well, your PlayBook should say
that BlackBerry Bridge has been installed
and is paired with your phone.
Navigate With Gestures
Like every other tablet on the market, the PlayBook relies on three basic
gestures for navigation: tap, swipe, and pinch-to-zoom. But RIM also imple-
mented a series of advanced swiping gestures that leverage the PlayBook’s
touch-sensitive bezel. All of these moves work in both landscape and portrait
• Swipe from the
Bottom: From the
home screen, this
gesture brings up
the app drawer,
giving you a view
of all the apps on
you r PlayBook. If
you’re already in
an app, swiping
from the bottom
will return you
to the home
• Swipe from the Top: When you’re on the home screen, this move provides
access to the PlayBook’s system settings. When you’re in an app, this gesture
reveals the app’s settings.
• Swipe from the Top Left or Right Corner: When you’re in an app, this
launches the PlayBook’s status bar.
• Swipe from the Bottom Left Corner: Launches the PlayBook’s keyboard.
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