Process to enable and edit the keyboard shortcuts on BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv is the first android phone of the company and is recently announced in some more European nations. Previously, this smartphone was available for purchase on the Shop BlackBerry only but now it can also be purchase from a retailer in UK. Today, we will show you how to set up and use the keyboard shortcuts on the Priv handset from BlackBerry.

One of the major features of this handset is the slide out physical keyboard. The hardware buttons are perfect for those who usually spend their days tapping away at emails and reports. However, the keyboard can be used to do more than just writing. For example, the keyboard can be used by you as a quick launch mechanism for applications. This is a trick which has been migrated by BlackBerry from its previous BB 10 OS smartphones. On the other hand, you can also use the keyboard shortcuts to turn on/off the Wi-Fi quickly or Bluetooth Certification.


The keyboard shortcuts are turned off by default, however, we will show you the process to turn them on and customize the shortcuts to match your workflow.

Step 1: Long Press the home screen of your BlackBerry Priv.

Step 2: You will be presented with four actions possible, now tap the Settings options. Please note that from these actions presented you can choose to change the wallpaper, add a new widget, or change the icon pack.

Step 3: Now, tap on typing and choose “Use a short press keyboard shortcut”

Step 4: You will be moved back to the BlackBerry’s launcher settings screen, where you will see a new “Keyboard shortcuts” tab.

Step 5: Once you turn on the Keyboard shortcuts, the launcher will automatically assign the actions to some of the keyboard buttons. All these predefined shortcuts will be listed in the new “Keyboard Shortcuts Tab”. To edit a default shortcut make a tap on the letter and then edit the action.

Step 6: If you want to add a new shortcut, then tap the +sign on a blank entry. Note that you will have to tap “All Shortcuts” on the next screen in order to make your choice from the available list of possible shortcuts.

Step 7: BlackBerry Priv has a physical keyboard with 26 different keys, all of which are capable of launching shortcuts. If you need more shortcuts then you should not worry but rather should move back to the keyboard shortcuts screen, where you will notice that there are two tabs available. One of these tabs is for short presses and the other one of for long presses. However, you should always make sure to create a sort of intuitive system while combining the short and long press shortcuts.