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Tips and Tricks :Monitor and Maximize Your BlackBerry Memory 2

Posted by freeappsblackberry on November 24, 2009

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Monitor and Maximize Your BlackBerry Smartphone Memory


To get the most out of your BlackBerry® smartphone, you’ll want to make sure you maximize your device’s flash memory (impacts how much data you can store) and battery life. [Flash memory is memory that can be electronically erased and reprogrammed, but does not need power to maintain the information stored on the chip.]

Read on for more tips on making sure your BlackBerry smartphone is always ready when you are:

Q: How do I see approximately how much flash memory my smartphone has?

On the Home screen, open Options.

  1. Select Status.
  • The File Free field shows the approximate amount of available flash memory available for data. If you want to make sure that this value is as accurate as possible, restart the BlackBerry smartphone to initiate a full garbage collection. For instructions, click here.
  • The File Total field shows the amount of available flash memory after loading the wireless transceiver, operating system, and basic applications.
  1. To see the approximate amount of occupied flash memory on the BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps.
  2. On the Home screen, open Options.
  3. Select Status.
  4. Display the menu and select Database Sizes.

To read more about how your BlackBerry smartphone uses available memory and how the “Low Memory Manager” application works, click here.

Q: How do I maximize the free space on my BlackBerry smartphone?

By taking active measures to maximize the BlackBerry smartphone’s available flash memory, you can help to free up memory for regular operations:

  • Use a media card to store files like songs, pictures, videos, voice notes, and ring tones, or the pictures you take with the built-in cameras. To make sure the built-in camera is set up to save picture files on the media card, click here for instructions.
  • Remove unnecessary features and applications to increase the available flash memory on the BlackBerry smartphone. For instance, use the Setup Wizard application to remove languages that you do not use.
  • Minimize the number of contacts stored in the Address Book by using the remote address lookup feature when you need to send an email message rather than store company contacts in the Address Book (certain system requirements needed).
  • Delete old items – you can delete old and unused items and also adjust settings so that the BlackBerry smartphone deletes old items as part of its regular routine maintenance.
  • Delete Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) messages that are no longer needed. Because MMS messages can contain large media files and cannot be stored on a media card, MMS messages can use a lot of flash memory. You can save the media files attached to an MMS message to a media card beforehand.
  • Change the Keep Appointments setting to reduce the number of old calendar events using flash memory.
  • Clear the browser cache often.
  • Adjust settings for optimal storage efficiency on your BlackBerry smartphone.
  • In BlackBerry® Desktop Software, set messages to stop being forwarded to the BlackBerry smartphone when it is cradled.
  • Flash memory is used to download and display email messages on the BlackBerry smartphone. Set the Auto More option to No to make sure that only the sections of the email message that you want to read on the BlackBerry smartphone are downloaded, displayed, and thus, stored in flash memory. By setting the Auto More option to No, the BlackBerry smartphone displays approximately the first 2 KB of an email message; you can display more of the email message by selecting More on the menu.
  • For BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry Smartphone Software 3.8 or 4.0, set the BlackBerry smartphone to allow content compression. Although content compression causes the BlackBerry smartphone to work harder (thus, using more battery power), it will make sure that email messages use the least amount of flash memory that is possible

Reference: Blackberry website, vendor site, various forum discussion


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