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Tips & Tricks: Device Memory & SD Cards

Tips & Tricks: Device Memory & SD Cards

Memory Management on Your BlackBerry Smartphone

Your emails, applications, music, and photos are what make your BlackBerry smartphone yours. How can you best make use of storage options for these files? In this edition of the BlackBerry Connection® newsletter, we provide an overview of the settings, storage and file compression options to maximize space available on your smartphone.

Install a microSD card

To install a microSD™ card into your BlackBerry smartphone, follow these steps:

First select your BlackBerry smartphone from the list:

Insert a media card (BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8100 smartphone)

Use a microSD media card to extend the memory available on your BlackBerry® device for storing media files such as songs, ring tones, videos, or pictures. The media card might be sold separately from your device.

  1. Turn off your device.
  2. Press the release button for the battery cover.
  3. Slide off the battery cover.
  4. Remove the battery.
  5. Slide the door of the media card holder toward its hinges to unlock it.
  6. Open the door of the media card holder.
  7. Place the media card into the slots in the door of the media card holder so that the metal contacts on the media card align with the metal contacts on your device when the door of the media card holder is closed.
  8. Close the door of the media card holder.
  9. Slide the door of the media card holder away from its hinges to lock it.

To remove a microSD card, simply lift the edge of the slot, and press the card further into the phone. It will spring back slightly, allowing you to remove it from the phone.

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Insert a media card (BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8110 and 8120 smartphone)

Use a microSD media card to extend the memory available on your BlackBerry® device for storing media files such as songs, ring tones, videos, or pictures. The media card might be sold separately from your device.

  1. Lift the edge of the cover for the media card slot.
  2. Rotate the cover 180 degrees.
  3. Hold the media card so that the metal contacts on the media card point toward the front of your device.
  4. Slide the media card into the media card slot so that the media card clicks into place.
  5. Rotate the cover for the media card slot so that the peg on the cover fits into the small hole on your device and the cover lies flat.

To remove a microSD card, simply lift the edge of the slot, and press the card further into the phone. It will spring back slightly, allowing you to remove it from the phone.

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Insert a media card (BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8220 smartphone)

Use a microSD media card to extend the memory available on your BlackBerry® smartphone for storing media files such as songs, ring tones, videos, or pictures. The media card might be sold separately from your smartphone.

  1. Lift the edge of the cover for the media card slot.
  2. Rotate the cover 180 degrees.
  3. Hold the media card so that the metal contacts on the media card point toward the front of your smartphone.
  4. Slide the media card into the media card slot so that the media card clicks into place.
  5. Rotate the cover for the media card slot so that the peg on the cover fits into the small hole on your BlackBerry smartphone and the cover lies flat.

To remove the media card, remove the cover for the media card slot. Press the media card in and then pull the media card out.

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Insert a media card (BlackBerry® Curve™ 8300 Series smartphone)

Use a microSD media card to extend the memory available on your BlackBerry® smartphone for storing media files such as songs, ring tones, videos, or pictures. The media card might be sold separately from your smartphone.

  1. Press the release button for the battery cover.
  2. Slide off the battery cover.
  3. If the battery is inserted, remove the battery.
  4. Slide the media card holder door toward its hinges to unlock it.
  5. Open the media card holder door.
  6. Place the media card into the slots in the media card holder door so that the metal contacts on the media card align with the metal contacts on your BlackBerry smartphone when the media card holder door is closed.
  7. Close the media card holder door.
  8. Slide the media card holder door away from its hinges to lock it.
  9. Insert the battery so that the metal contacts on the battery align with the metal contacts on your smartphone.
  10. Slide the battery cover back onto the BlackBerry smartphone so that it clicks into place.

To remove the media card, remove the cover for the media card slot. Press the media card in and then pull the media card out.

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Insert a media card (BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 smartphone)

Use a microSD media card to extend the memory available on your BlackBerry® smartphone for storing media files such as songs, ring tones, videos, or pictures. The media card might be sold separately from your smartphone.

  1. Hold up the release button for the battery cover and lift off the battery cover.
  2. Hold the media card so that the metal contacts on the media card face down and point toward the right side of the BlackBerry smartphone.
  3. Place the media card in the media card slot and slide the media card to the right so that the media card clicks into place.
  4. Slide the metal notches at the top of the battery cover into the slots at the top of the smartphone.
  5. Push down the battery cover so that it clicks into place.

To remove the media card, hold down the latch on the media card slot and slide the media card to the left.

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Insert a media card (BlackBerry® Bold™ smartphone)

Use a microSD media card to extend the memory available on your BlackBerry® smartphone for storing media files such as songs, ring tones, videos, or pictures. The media card might be sold separately from your smartphone.

  1. Lift the edge of the cover for the media card slot.
  2. Hold the media card so that the metal contacts on the media card point toward the front of your smartphone.
  3. Slide the media card into the media card slot so that the media card clicks into place.
  4. Flip the cover for the media card slot down.
  5. Press down on the cover for the media card slot so that the cover clicks into place and lies flat.

To remove the media card, remove the cover for the media card slot. Press the media card in and then pull the media card out.

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Insert a media card (BlackBerry® Storm™ smartphone)

Use a microSD media card to extend the memory available on your BlackBerry® smartphone for storing media files such as songs, ring tones, videos, or pictures. The media card might be sold separately from your smartphone.

  1. Slide up the release buttons for the battery cover and lift off the battery cover.
  2. Hold the media card so that the metal contacts on the media card face down and point toward the top of your BlackBerry smartphone and the notch on your media card is on the right.
  3. Slide the media card into the media card slot until it stops.

To remove the media card, slide the media card out of the slot.

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Change the default location for saving photos and videos

To set where photos are stored by default, follow these steps:

Change the default location for saving photos
  1. From the home screen, press the Menu key.
  2. Select the Camera application.
  3. Once the camera application has loaded, press the Menu key
  4. Select Options.
  5. At the bottom of the options menu, you can change whether pictures are stored on the media card or in device memory. You can also change which folder pictures are saved in.

To set the default location for stored videos, follow these steps:

Set default location for videos
  1. From the home screen, press the Menu key.
  2. Select Media.
  3. Select Videos.
  4. From the Videos menu, select the Video Camera application, located at the top of the list application, located at the top of the list.
    You can also access the video camera through the camera application:
    1. From the home screen, press the Menu key.
    2. Select the Camera application.
    3. Press the Menu key.
    4. Select Video Camera.
  5. Press the Menu key.
  6. Select Options.
  7. Press the Menu key.
  8. Select Options.
  9. At the bottom of the options menu, you can change which folder videos are stored in by default.

A media card is required to record a video and videos cannot be stored on the device memory.

Enable Content Compression

To enable content compression, which reduces the size of BlackBerry smartphone device data, while still maintaining the integrity of that data, follow these steps:

Enable Content Compression
  1. From the home screen, press the Menu key.
  2. Select the Options folder.
  3. From the options screen, select Security Options.
  4. Select General Settings.
  5. Select Content Compression and change its setting to Enabled.

Change Allocated Media Memory

BlackBerry® Media Sync is a program that allows you to automatically sync media files on your BlackBerry smartphone with files in your Windows® Media or iTunes® folders. One of its features is to control the space that media can take on your BlackBerry smartphone, and even give you a random playlist if the number of files, for example, that you want to load onto your BlackBerry smartphone exceeds the space available. To download the program, click here.

To change the maximum amount of memory that BlackBerry Media Sync will use, follow these steps:

Clean Up Browser Cookies and Cache

To clear the Internet browser’s cache and cookies of potentially sensitive data, follow these steps:

Clean Up Browser Cookies and Cache
  1. From the home screen, press the Menu key.
  2. Select the Browser application.
  3. Press the Menu key.
  4. Select Options.
  5. Select Cache Operations.
  6. Select the Clear button in the section marked Content Cache.
  7. Select the Clear button in the section marked Cookie Cache.

Delete sensitive application data from device memory

To clear your BlackBerry smartphone’s memory of sensitive data, follow these steps:

Delete sensitive data
  1. From the home screen, press the Menu key.
  2. Select the Options folder.
  3. From the Options screen, select Security Options.
  4. Select Memory Cleaning.
  5. Press the Menu key.
  6. From the menu, select Clean Now.

This will erase data identified as a security risk, such as the smartphones clipboard and encrypted messages.

Delete data from a media card

To delete data such as a ring tone, movie or picture from a microSD media card, follow these steps:

Erase data identified as a security risk
  1. From the home screen, press the Menu key.
  2. Select Media.
  3. Press the Menu key again.
  4. From the menu, select Explore
  5. Select Media Card.
  6. Browse to the data you wish to remove. By default, all data is stored within the BlackBerry folder. A video, for instance, would be located in /Media Card/ BlackBerry/videos.
  7. With the file you wish to delete highlighted, press the Menu key.
  8. From the menu, select Delete
Delete data at once

If you wish to delete or modify a lot of data at once, it may be faster to plug your BlackBerry smartphone into a computer using a USB cable. When prompted by the BlackBerry smartphone, choose to enable mass media mode. This will allow you to use your computer’s file explorer to view and modify the files on the BlackBerry smartphone and the microSD card.



Why are applications stored in device memory and not on the SD card?

BlackBerry smartphone applications are stored in device memory and not on an SD card for the same reason that computer programs are generally installed on the hard drive, and not on removable media like CDs or USB keys. If applications are installed on removable media, the device cannot count on that application working at all times, resulting in a less reliable user experience. But even more importantly, they can not be kept as secure.

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