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Complete Guide to BlackBerry Customization

written by: Shanna James•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 9/10/2011

The BlackBerry trademark has become increasingly popular over the past few years and as such, every other person seems to be a BlackBerry smartphone owner. While you can set yourself apart with different Blackberry models, you will still want to further customize your BlackBerry to suit your style.

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    Customizing your BlackBerry can be very easy as long as you have the necessary tools. By tools, I do not mean physical hardware components, but simply apps that are geared towards making your BlackBerry your own. These apps come in the form of BlackBerry themes, wallpapers, customized LED lights, alerts and so on. If you are looking to tailor your BlackBerry to suit you, this can be your guide to the necessary apps that are made to do just that.

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    BlackBerry Themes Learning Guide

    Themes are a combination of changes that will affect the entire look of your BlackBerry interface. When a theme is installed there are generally a few things that get changed to match with whatever the theme represents. The first thing that you will probably notice when you install a new theme is that the menu icons have changed. For instance, if you install a horror theme, you may notice icons that bare a resemblance to skulls and bones or just an overall grunge effect. Other changes may include the fonts and the backgrounds that appear during certain processes such as incoming or outgoing calls. When a new theme is installed, it is customary to take some time to get used to the new icons, especially if some of them are changed completely. Learn more about BlackBerry themes and find the right one to suit your style and preference.

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    General BlackBerry Themes

    There are numerous BlackBerry themes on the Internet and it may be a bit tedious to jump from website to website in search of the theme you want. Here you can find groups of various themes that will most certainly have something to suit your style. You can opt for a general group, or ones that are guaranteed to be free.

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    BB Themes Per Model

    It would be very frustrating to look through a bunch of themes, find the one that you want and only then realize that it is not compatible with your particular BlackBerry model. Well, we have put that worry to rest and taken all the guesswork out of your search by providing you with a list of BlackBerry themes based on the BlackBerry Model that you own.

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    BlackBerry Themes on Specific Subject Matters

    Looking for BlackBerry themes for a certain season, subject or purpose? This is where you will find themes that are very specific to a particular topic or idea. You can find themes that are referencing a particular TV show, celebrity, holiday etc.

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    BlackBerry Wallpapers

    Changing your BlackBerry wallpaper is another step in customization. It is not as intense as a theme but it can still give you some sense of ownership and familiarity on your mobile device. Wallpapers are those images that are seen as the background of your home page. Many people use their own pictures while others download a specifically made wallpaper for their phone. Whichever method you choose, you will find out how to customize your Blackberry with wallpapers in this section.

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    BlackBerry LED Lights Customization

    You may have noticed that your BlackBerry has an LED light at the upper right hand corner. You may have also noticed that it changes color for different reasons. By default, your BlackBerry LED light will flash red for new emails and messages and turn a pale amber glow when your battery is dying. However, your BlackBerry LED can actually flash other colors and there are apps available that can allow you to customize the colors and the reasons for which they flash.

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    Customize Your Alerts

    You can find apps that work with the LED lights or independently to provide you with specific and customized alerts. They could be alerts for emails and messages, or more complicated alerts for specific phone calls and battery signals. In essence, you can have your phone set to inform you of certain happenings with a sound or a particular light color, or a combination of both.

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    What's Next in BlackBerry Customization?

    So far we are able to customize the outer appearance of our BlackBerry with the use of skins and cases, we are also able to customize the software design with the use of themes and wallpapers. What else would you like to see become customizable? You can let me know in the comment section. Also if you know of any BlackBerry themes, wallpapers, LED or alert apps that you think should appear in this list, just let me know.


  • Author's own knowledge.