Setting Up BlackBerry Bridge

What is BlackBerry Bridge?

Perhaps you take the train to work. Maybe you carpool and you are squished in the backseat between two other passengers, and retrieving your BlackBerry from your pocket isn’t exactly an option. Maybe your BlackBerry is lost in the depths of your handbag, and because you are looking for it you will not find it. Or maybe you’re just tired of having to free up your hands to answer the latest email or BBM when your hands are full of tablet awesomeness.


If you are lucky enough to get your hands on the new BlackBerry PlayBook any time soon, to go along with your snazzy BlackBerry smartphone,  then you may want to check out BlackBerry Bridge.


What is BlackBerry Bridge you say?


BlackBerry Bridge is an application, available in BlackBerry App World, that allows you to connect your PlayBook to your BlackBerry smartphone via Bluetooth, and access some of the native apps, like BBM, email, contacts and calendar.

Basically your PlayBook becomes an extension of your BlackBerry.

While you may be emailing and BBMing on your PlayBook ( not to mention taking advantage of a larger touch screen), your BlackBerry is still the device sending and receiving the information (so the data isn’t stored on your PlayBook).


OH – OK… , you think. This could have potential to avoid awkward situations on the carpool to work, but this sounds an awful lot like tethering.


While the PlayBook is capable of tethering to any smartphone, BlackBerry Bridge only links with BlackBerry smartphones, and doesn’t actually connect you to the web like tethering does. It simply forms a link between your PlayBook and your BlackBerry Smartphone. BlackBerry Bridge and tethering are two separate modes on the device.


Word is, if you want to tether your device to your BlackBerry, and are using a GSM or SIM card based device, then you can still access BlackBerry Bridge. CDMA or non-SIM card based phones are not supposed to have this ability.


Sound like this is something for you?


Here is how to set it up:

  • Make sure you are running BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 ( or higher), and have the app installed on your smartphone.
  • From the status bar on the home screen of your tablet, select Settings, then BlackBerry Bridge
  • Tap Setup
  • If you have to, enter a name for your PlayBook
  • Then hit next, and continue.  You should see a bar code on your screen.
  • Now from your BlackBerry (smartphone this time!), open the BlackBerry Bridge application.
  • Select Add Device, then next.
  • Point your smartphone camera at the barcode on the tablet, and scan.
  • Voila! All set up.


If you can’t scan the barcode, you can also set up the bridge manually:

  • On your tablet, select Settings from the status bar on the home-screen.
  • Go to BlackBerry Bridge, then tap set up.
  • From here, select Manual Pairing
  • Now from your smartphone, open the BlackBerry Bridge application.
  • Go to Manual Setup
  • Select your tablet from the list
  • It will ask you to confirm that the pairing number is the same for your smart phone and tablet.
  • Once, confirmed click Yes.
  • Finally accept the Connection Request by clicking Yes.
  • Done.


Your devices should now be connected and you should see the applications appear on your PlayBook’s homescreen.


Do you have the new BlackBerry PlayBook, leave us a comment and let us know what you think of it?


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