Step 6 – Download the System Update
After you’ve signed in using your BlackBerry ID, your BlackBerry PlayBook will automatically start downloading the latest software available. After the download completes, your BlackBerry PlayBook will automatically install the software update. It is important that your BlackBerry PlayBook remain connected to a power source during this entire process. Once the installation is complete and your PlayBook restarts, you will be using the most up-to-date software.
Step 7 – BlackBerry Bridge Setup (for current BlackBerry smartphone users)
After your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has successfully installed the system update, the next step will help you set up BlackBerry Bridge. This feature will allow you to connect your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to your BlackBerry smartphone so you can access your email, calendar, contacts and other data directly from your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. An important thing to remember here is that in order to use BlackBerry Bridge, you must be using a BlackBerry smartphone that uses BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 or later. If don’t know which version of BlackBerry device software you are using, you can find out by going to Options... About... and seeing the 3rd line down. It will say something like v6.0.0.xxx or v5.0.0.xxx.
If you tap Setup, you’ll first be asked to choose a name for your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The next step will show you how to install the BlackBerry Bridge application on your BlackBerry smartphone.
Once completed, you’ll then be prompted with instructions that show you how to “pair” your BlackBerry smartphone and BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and start using BlackBerry Bridge. As you can see, it’s as simple as scanning a barcode to get your BlackBerry smartphone and BlackBerry PlayBook tablet paired together!
Step 8 – Learning the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Basics
The final part of the setup process allows you to access several tutorials that will help you get the most of your BlackBerry PlayBook. All you need to do is tap on a topic of interest, and you’ll able to take an interactive tutorial. If you’re pressed for time and don’t have a chance to review these tutorials, you can view them later from within the “Help” application.
At this point, your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is ready to go! For more helpful tips, see our PlayBook Tips and How To Forum
, and we also recommend reviewing the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet user guide (which you can find in the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet’s Help menu) – it describes all the features and functionality offered by your tablet.
Do you have a question about your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and the setup process? Leave a comment below as we would love to hear from you!