If any of you has tried to log into App World, bought a new PlayBook or a new BlackBerry 7 device you will have undoubtedly noticed that your BlackBerry will prompt you for a “BlackBerry ID”. This of course has caused a lot of confusion for many of the BlackBerry users around the globe as there wasn’t and still isn’t all that much documentation or information on what exactly a BlackBerry ID is. In this tutorial I will be explaining to you the basics of what the BlackBerry ID is and how to create your very own BlackBerry ID so that you can use BlackBerry services on your phone or tablet.
What is a BlackBerry ID?
A BlackBerry ID is actually just a master username and password that you will use to access all of the different services on the BlackBerry. This comes from the thought that instead of having a bunch of different usernames and passwords for the different services, which would ultimately be a disaster. RIM decided to make all of their services use a single secure username and password called a “BlackBerry ID”.
Do I need a BlackBerry ID?
The answer to this is Yes and No. If you have an older device (prior to OS7) and do not use BlackBerry services like App World then you will not be prompted for a BlackBerry ID. However if you have a PlayBook, an OS 7 device or want to access services like BlackBerry App World then yes you will need to get a BlackBerry ID. In fact upon setup of your new BlackBerry PlayBook or Smartphone you will not be able to complete it without having a BlackBerry ID.
Creating a BlackBerry ID
There are 2 main ways to create yourself a BlackBerry ID. The first is to click on the “create BlackBerry ID” option when prompted for it on the Smartphone or Tablet. The Second and often easiest way (recommended) is to go to www.blackberry.com/blackberryid. This will bring you to a BlackBerry website where you will be able to create your BB ID. This is the easy part, just follow the steps below:
Step 1: Click on the “Register for BlackBerry ID” button
Step 2: Accept the license agreement
Step3: Enter your information in the form and then Click Save
Once you have clicked the “Save” button if there are any errors you will be told about them and told to correct and re save. If everything was entered correctly you will get a confirmation window stating your BlackBerry ID was created and you will be sent a confirmation email that you will have to access to confirm that you own the email used for the BlackBerry ID.
If you are in need of more information all you have to do is check out the BlackBerry ID website