Why Does a Red Light Flash on My BlackBerry Curve?

Written by morgan o'connor
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Your BlackBerry Curve doesn't rely simply on ringtones and beeps to let you know when it needs your attention. In some specific cases, it resorts to flashing lights to provide you with information about its status. These flashes come in different colours, each of which signifies something different. If you are popular among your friends, you may notice the light frequently flashing red.

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Red Light Causes

Your BlackBerry Curve's light flashes red when someone has tried to communicate with you in some way. This communication may take the form of a new text message or e-mail. Alternatively, the red light may signal that you have missed a call or have a new voicemail. Look at the light closely to make sure it is not actually flashing yellow, which signifies something else. The yellow light is somewhat orange and can look red from certain angles.

Stopping the Red Light

The most direct way to stop the red light from flashing is to acknowledge the communication the BlackBerry is telling you about. In most cases, such as missed calls, e-mails or text messages, you need to open the folder containing this information to stop the red light from flashing. You do not need to read the text message, you only need to view its subject line in your list of messages. Voicemails are the exception to this rule; you must actually click on the voicemail and view its detailed information to stop the red light from flashing.

Other Lights

Your BlackBerry can also flash in three other colours: yellow, green and blue. The yellow light means that your battery is nearly empty. Plug your BlackBerry into a charger to increase the battery level and stop the yellow light from flashing. The blue light means that you currently have a Bluetooth device connected to your BlackBerry. If you have the green light enabled, it will probably flash almost constantly. This light means that your phone has signal.

Stopping the Green Light

The green light may become irritating if you live in an area with decent signal, as it will never stop flashing. You can manually set the phone to not flash green. Click on your BlackBerry's "Options" icon, which looks like a wrench. Scroll up or down in the list that appears until you find "Screen/Keyboard," then click on this option. Find the line that says "LED Coverage Indicator." Click on the word "On" in this line, then scroll down in the list that appears and click "Off."

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