How to Use a BlackBerry Proximity Sensor

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BlackBerry phones (and even some of its older “email devices”) all have magnetic sensors built-in that cooperate with BlackBerry brand cases and holsters to detect whether the phone is in or out of the holster. This technology allows you to program the phone to adapt different notification settings when the phone is inside the case. BlackBerry now refers to this magnetic sensor technology as a proximity sensor.

Things You'll Need

  • BlackBerry device
  • BlackBerry holster
  • Purchase the case or holster that corresponds to the phone you have. Most BlackBerry phones support the proximity sensor technology, but there is not a blanket solution. Buying a BlackBerry brand case that supports your phone is the safest bet even though some third-party brands may also work.

  • Choose the settings that you want your BlackBerry to adapt to when in or out of holster in the "Options > Profiles" menu of your phone. When modifying your profile, there are two headings in the menu: “In Holster” and “Out of Holster.” Adjust each according to your preference. Make sure you save your settings.

  • Follow the directions that came with your holster to insert your phone in the holster correctly. Because of the location of the magnet, your settings might not take effect in all orientations, such as putting your phone in upside-down.

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