How to Wake Up a BlackBerry


The BlackBerry cell phones typically have two battery-saving features, which help to extend the amount of airtime per battery charge: stand-by mode and sleep mode. Stand-by mode is deliberately set by the user, while sleep mode activates automatically via the cell phone's programming. Both modes require specific user interaction to "wake up" the phone when ready to use again. However, some users of BlackBerry models have reported issues with not waking on demand, and this requires an additional step if you find your BlackBerry unresponsive to your actions.

  • Turn your BlackBerry so that you are viewing the top edge of the phone. If your BlackBerry is one of the more common and popular Pearl or Curve models, then you will see a button on the left side of the top edge when the screen and keyboard are facing you. Press and hold that button for three or four seconds to place the phone into stand-by mode; hold down the button again for three or four seconds to take the phone out of stand-by mode. If the BlackBerry is unresponsive when you hold down the button, then let off the button and rapidly press it two or three times. Watch for a response on the screen.

  • Press and hold the power on-off button for about two seconds to "wake up" your BlackBerry, regardless of the model of your phone, when it has simply gone into its own power-saving cycle. Alternatively, you may also press any of the keypad buttons to wake up your BlackBerry. If your cell phone doesn't respond to steps 1 or 2, then proceed to the following step to mitigate a known issue with some BlackBerry devices.

  • Remove the battery cover from the rear of your BlackBerry, and carefully pull the battery from its compartment. Wait for approximately 10 seconds, then replace the battery and the cover. Allow the phone to reboot itself completely. This is a common technique that is used with BlackBerry devices. As such, it has been labeled the "Battery-Pull Technique" by the wider BlackBerry community.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your BlackBerry repeatedly gets "stuck" in sleep mode, requiring frequent "Battery-Pull Technique" use, then it would be in your best interest to take your BlackBerry to your local cellular provider's office for troubleshooting by a qualified technician, who may be able to perform a software update on your BlackBerry to resolve this problem.
  • The "Standby/Mute" button may be located on the top right section on some select models of the BlackBerry. Look at the top of your phone and use the "Standby/Mute" button if your phone has this feature.

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