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    9630 Tips and Tricks

    How to customize the sound profile settings on your BlackBerry Tour and other OS 4.6 and 4.7 BlackBerrys like the Bold, Curve 8900, Storm, Pearl Flip and Curve 8350i
    So you've given up on your old BlackBerry 83xx or 88xx series device and moved on to something better like a Bold, Curve 8900 or maybe the BlackBerry Tour. The old 4.5 OS (or even 4.3 or gasp.. 4.2.2) has been kicked to the curb, and now you have a bigger, more refined OS at your disposal in the form of version OS 4.6 (Bold / Curve 8900 / Pearl Flip / Curve 8350i) or 4.7 (Tour / Storm). You will notice some obvious changes in the look and feel. BlackBerry Messenger has been overhauled and the media is layed out a bit different (even more changes are slated for version 5.0 device software). It's all pretty straight forward in terms of use, but one area where the move up to 4.6/4.7 will require some adjustment is to the new Profile settings - or should I say Sounds.
    I was a "Profile Power User" of sorts on my Curve 8330. I had maximized my profiles, having each tweaked to my liking. I loved that I could have my Quiet profile with no sounds for emails while at work, Loud with obnoxious alerts for a night at the bar and Vibrate - where I knew 3 vibrations meant SMS message and 1 was an email. Now I have to say, when I first jumped to OS 4.7, I was completely thrown off by the changes in the Sounds settings. No longer was I able to change each profile individually, but I had to set my tones once and each profile would be based off of that. This can be seen as both good and bad, and mildy confusing. Now there is only one set of alerts to edit - no more changing the tone on four or more profiles to achieve the same effect. Learning to maximize these new Sound settings was a bit of a challenge for me at first, but once I figured out what I was doing, It made a bit more sense. Keep in mind that there are also Custom Profiles which let you take back your profiles and we'll get into after we check out the basics of Sounds. * Note: It sounds like in OS 5.0 the Custom Profiles menu item will be renamed to Edit Profiles, and in addition to adding Custom Profiles you will once again be able to edit the default ones individually. Thanks RIM! *

    Prior to OS 4.6, this is what the profile screen looked like. You had the ability to choose a profile, or go to Advanced where you could edit each profile.
    In OS 4.6 and 4.7, the Profiles setting has been replaced by Sounds. There are still multiple "profiles", but you only have one place to change the alerts as opposed to changing them separately for each profile.
    Essentially the Advanced of the older OS has been replaced with the Set Ring Tones/Alerts. Here you have all of your alerts located in once place. You can no longer edit the default profiles and change each individually. Instead, you set the alerts once, and changing profiles adjusts the volume of those tones.
    The layout looks similar - you have options for Ring Tone, Volume, Sound in Holster, LED, Vibration and Notify Me During Calls. Previously you would get to these settings by going to Advanced and editing each profile, now they all fall under Set Ring Tones/Alerts.

    Using the old Profiles, you were able to set different tones, volume and vibration for each of the profiles (Loud, Quiet and Normal). So you were able to have different tones, vibration and LED alerts for each of these profiles. The main difference now in Sounds is that you will have one "set" of alerts for all of your profiles, meaning the alert tones will stay the same (you won't be able to choose different sound alerts for each profile) but the volume will change. For example, my Normal profile has no alert tone for emails, only an LED. Changing this to Loud or Medium, I now receive an audible alert as well as LED for emails. Likewise, there is no option to edit the Vibrate Only or Phone Only profiles. Previously, you could edit these and make changes. If you wanted a different number of vibrations for phone calls than SMS, you could set it up that way. In the Phone Only profile, you could set SMS alerts to have a tone as well. Now you are stuck with the default profiles and cannot edit them. At first glance the vibrate options for each notification would seem to edit their action on the Vibrate Only profile, but unfortunately this isn't the case.
    The Silent setting does just that - all of you audible tones will be muted.
    Vibrate Only will cause the device to vibrate for alerts. You cannot change the vibrations for each alert for this setting.
    Setting to Phone Calls Only you will receive alerts only for phone calls- other alerts will be silent.
    All Alerts Off will turn off all notifications on the device.

    Some basic things to remember. All of your notifications now revolve around your Normal profile. So whatever you have set for ring tones and alerts (silent for emails, ring tone at volume 10 for calls, vibrate for BlackBerry Messenger) will all be the Normal profile. When you change to Loud or Medium, the notifications will use sounds (if selected) as well as increased volume.
    The good thing is that all of these can be thrown aside for the Custom profiles. Here you have the options to tweak all of your profiles to your liking.
    You could essentially create an entire new set of profiles, each totally customizable, that will let you achieve the same result as previous OS versions. You can set alerts containing different tones, as well as custom vibrate and phone only options. This may be the way to go for some users looking to better handle their notifications. You can jump right in to creating a custom alert and set each item to your personal taste.

    ****Thanks to Adam over at CB for Writing this Up.******
    Last edited by mmanuel552; 07-13-2009 at 02:06 PM.




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    Wow, thanks for the great tutorial. Good job!
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    Nice post

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    Really great tutorial Manuel. Thanks. Hopefully this will help our overwhelmed tour owners

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    This is good especially since I don't have any of the newer devices to play with.

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    Hilarious! I agree. Not a deal breaker...YET, but I liked where the Storm's was on the left.

    Well a bit of good news guys, I just tried to upgrade my Tour software to see if anything was out there, and the application loader came up with e=everything that was on my Tour. Well I went through it and found that I had all the languages on it. (Even though they are not listed in the applications menu in Options) Here is the link: BlackBerry - Update your Device Software

    Make sure your Tour is plugged into the computer when you hit the "UPGRADE" button.

    So I deleted them and I gained 5.5 MB of memory! I am now sitting at 121 MB app memory with a ton of stuff already on the Tour that I didn't have on my Storm due to space.

    This is winning the battle between the two at this point.
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    Navigate Google Maps on Tour 9630

    I downloaded Google Maps 3.0.2 to my Tour, but I cannot get a cursor to navigate to the zoom or my location buttons. Am I totally missing something or is Google Maps not ready for the Tour?

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    Hit I for zoom IN and O for zoom OUT

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    I figured I would make a Tips and Tricks thread for the 9630 as I have seen some good ones floating around.
    Last edited by Bryan; 07-13-2009 at 10:55 PM.

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    I will be moving posts that I found spread out in the forums into this thread as to try and consolidate them in one spot

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    Smart move....otherwise there will be posts everywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLuge2615 View Post
    Smart move....otherwise there will be posts everywhere
    Thanks :fing02: If you see any that I haven't moved yet shoot me a PM if you would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan
    I will be moving posts that I found spread out in the forums into this thread as to try and consolidate them in one spot
    Good call bryan. :fing02:

    I will keep my eye open. I do know there's that thread already where Morgan and E were trading keyboard tips and tricks.

    I'll have a look for it
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    Quote Originally Posted by smcoldbb View Post
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    Good call bryan. :fing02:

    I will keep my eye open. I do know there's that thread already where Morgan and E were trading keyboard tips and tricks.

    I'll have a look for it
    I think that was for the Bold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlevy73 View Post
    I think that was for the Bold.
    It was J and from what I have been reading some of the standard key board shortcuts we all know aren't working on the Tour

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    Wirelessly posted (storm 9530)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan
    Quote Originally Posted by jlevy73 View Post
    I think that was for the Bold.
    It was J and from what I have been reading some of the standard key board shortcuts we all know aren't working on the Tour
    Duh. at:

    Oh well it sounded good . At least we know quicklaunch works :arms:
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    Thanks for the great info on the way profiles work. I'm still seeing a bug in mine and I'm wondering if there is a quicker way around this.

    For mms messages I set it to the sound I wanted in the Normal profile. However anyone whose ring tone I have edited is now picking up the phone default for their mms sound instead of what I set for the profile. Anyone have any idea if there is a way to globally fix that or if I have to go in and edit the mms setting for each person I set to their own ring tone?

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    Google Maps version seems to be for the Storm

    Quote Originally Posted by tbcpn View Post
    I downloaded Google Maps 3.0.2 to my Tour, but I cannot get a cursor to navigate to the zoom or my location buttons. Am I totally missing something or is Google Maps not ready for the Tour?
    It seems like the version of google maps we are getting is the Storm one which doesn't work very well without the touch screen. Has anyone been able to successfully get a different version of google maps on the phone? If so how?

    How about the google mobile apps pack? I can't seem to find a link that works to that on the Tour

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErinAF View Post
    Thanks for the great info on the way profiles work. I'm still seeing a bug in mine and I'm wondering if there is a quicker way around this.

    For mms messages I set it to the sound I wanted in the Normal profile. However anyone whose ring tone I have edited is now picking up the phone default for their mms sound instead of what I set for the profile. Anyone have any idea if there is a way to globally fix that or if I have to go in and edit the mms setting for each person I set to their own ring tone?
    Erin first of all welcome to BlackberryOS

    The easiest way I have found to avoid the glitches that come on the sound profiles with both the Tour and the Storm is to set up a custom profile. That seems to solve all the issue that the standard profiles come with for me.

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