Monday, March 28, 2011

How To Setup the BlackBerry Bridge to connect the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to a BlackBerry Smartphone



By Ray Nicolini

BlackBerry PlayBook 101: How to setup the BlackBerry Bridge to pair your BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet to your BlackBerry Smartphone

BlackBerry Bridge
While you don't need to own a BlackBerry Smartphone to go out and buy a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, if you do own both BlackBerry phone and tablet you can take advantage of the BlackBerry Bridge, which connects your tablet to your phone, allowing your tablet to act like a big touchscreen for your phone providing direct access to your phone's email, calendars, BBM files and other data. In order use the BlackBerry Bridge, you first have to install the BlackBerry Bridge application onto your phone, and from there pair your phone to your tablet. 
This tutorial goes through the process, so keep on reading to learn more about using the BlackBerry Bridge!

Using BlackBerry Bridge

1. About BlackBerry Bridge

If you are running BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 or later on your BlackBerry smartphone, you can connect your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to your smartphone to access email, calendars, BlackBerry Messenger files, and other data directly from your tablet.
Your tablet connects to your smartphone using Bluetooth technology. To connect, you need the BlackBerry Bridge application installed on your smartphone. You can download it from the BlackBerry App World storefront.

2. Download BlackBerry Bridge

BlackBerry Bridge
You can download the BlackBerry Bridge application using a barcode, or by searching BlackBerry App World. 

Using a barcode

To download the BlackBerry Bridge application using a barcode, complete the following steps:
Complete the following steps on your tablet:
  1. On your tablet home screen, on the status bar, tap settings > BlackBerryBridge.
  2. Tap Setup.
  3. If necessary, enter a name for your tablet.
  4. Tap Next.
  5. Tap Show Barcode.
Complete the following steps on your BlackBerry Smartphone:
  1. On your smartphone home screen, click App World.
  2. Press the Menu key.
  3. Click Scan a Barcode.
  4. To scan the barcode, point your smartphone camera at the barcode that appears on your tablet.
  5. On your smartphone, click the BlackBerry Bridge application. 6. Click Download. 7. Enter your BlackBerry® ID login information. 8. If necessary, enter your smartphone password.
BlackBerry Bridge

BlackBerry Bridge

Searching BlackBerry App World

To download the BlackBerry Bridge application by searching BlackBerry App World, complete the following steps on your smartphone:
  1. On the home screen, click App World.
  2. On the Featured Items screen, press the Menu key.
  3. Click Search.
  4. Type BlackBerry Bridge.
  5. Click the BlackBerry Bridge application.
  6. Click Download.
  7. Enter your BlackBerry ID login information.
  8. If necessary, enter your smartphone password.

3. Connect your tablet and smartphone using BlackBerry Bridge

You can connect your tablet and smartphone using a barcode and the BlackBerry Bridge application, or by manually pairing using the BlackBerry Bridge application. Please note, to connect your tablet and smartphone, the BlackBerry Bridge application must be installed on your smartphone. 

Using a Barcode

To connect your tablet and smartphone with a barcode using the BlackBerry Bridge application, complete the following steps:
Complete the following steps on your tablet:
  1. On your tablet home screen, on the status bar, tap settings > BlackBerry Bridge.
  2. Tap Setup.
  3. If necessary, enter a name for your tablet.
  4. Tap Next > Continue.
BlackBerry Bridge

BlackBerry Bridge
Complete the following steps on your smartphone:
  1. In the BlackBerry Bridge application on your smartphone, click Add Device > Next.
  2. To scan the barcode, point your smartphone camera at the barcode that appears on your tablet.
BlackBerry Bridge

Manually Pairing

To connect your tablet and smartphone by manually pairing using the BlackBerry Bridge application, complete the following steps:
Complete the following steps on your tablet:
  1. On your tablet home screen, on the status bar, tap settings > BlackBerry Bridge.
  2. Tap Setup.
  3. If necessary, enter a name for your tablet.
  4. Tap Next > Continue > Manual Pairing. 
BlackBerry Bridge

BlackBerry Bridge
Complete the following steps on your smartphone:
  1. In the BlackBerry Bridge application on your smartphone, click Add Device.
  2. Click Manual Setup.
  3. Select the tablet from the list.
  4. Confirm that the pairing number is the same for the tablet and smartphone, and click Yes.
  5. Click Yes.
BlackBerry Bridge


4. BlackBerry Bridge Connections

When your tablet and smartphone are connected, the following applications appear on your tablet home screen: 
BlackBerry Bridge Connections
Saved Wi-Fi networks and bookmarks from the Browser application on your smartphone are available on your tablet. When your tablet and smartphone are not connected, the applications appear as unavailable on your tablet home screen.
Note: BlackBerry Bridge connections are only available on your tablet when your tablet and smartphone are connected. When your tablet and smartphone are disconnected, the connections are removed from your tablet, but remain on your smartphone.
IT Policy: For administered BlackBerry Smartphone users, a new IT policy exists called Enable BlackBerry Bridge which specifies whether a smartphone can run the BlackBerry Bridge application. If this rule is set to True, a smartphone user can run the BlackBerry Bridge application and use it to connect the tablet to the smartphone.
If this rule is set to False, a smartphone user cannot run the BlackBerry Bridge application and cannot use it to connect the tablet to the smartphone.

Source: Thx to Jordan Vail for the Caps!
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