The BlackBerry Curve is a series of smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM) which runs on the BlackBerry operating system. Over time, your BlackBerry Curve can run slower, lag in performance and even freeze, particularly if you have a lot of data stored on its memory and use it frequently. By performing a few simple maintenance tasks, you can boost your phone's processing speed, make its apps run faster and get rid of any performance issues it may be having.
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Things you need
- Credit card or library card (optional)
Close any unnecessary apps running in the background of your BlackBerry's operating system. Exiting apps by pressing the "End" key doesn't actually close the program; it just minimises the program and brings your BlackBerry's home screen to the forefront. This can slow down the operating system considerably. To close any apps running in the background, press and hold the "Menu" key (the key next to your Curve's trackpad with the BlackBerry logo on it) until a row of icons appears across the screen. Run your thumb across the trackpad to scroll to the icon of the app you want to close, then click the icon. This brings the app to the forefront once more. Press the Menu button briefly, then scroll down the pop-up menu that appears and click "Close," "Exit" or any similarly worded menu command to close out of the application.
Clear out the BlackBerry event log, a detailed list your phone creates to keep track of all your activity on the phone. As the log grows in size, it can slow down your phone's apps. Periodically clearing this log can help your phone run much faster. Navigate to the Curve's home screen, then press and hold the ALT button. While holding down the ALT button, also type "lglg". Your phone's event log appears on the screen. Press the Menu button, then select "Clear Log" from the pop-up menu that appears. Click "Yes" to confirm that you really want to clear the log. Press Menu again, then select "Close" from the pop-up menu to close out of the event log. Perform this task at least once per month to keep your Curve at optimal performance.
Clear out your Curve's browser cache to help it run Internet applications and sites faster. Launch your phone's browser, then press the Menu button. From the pop-up menu that appears, scroll down and select "Options." In the next screen, click "Cache Operations." Click the blue "Clear History" button. You can also, click the "Clear" button under "Content Cache" and "Cookie Cache." If you'd like to clear the cache of content that your phone automatically notifies you of, also click the "Clear" button in the "Pushed Content" section.
Pull the battery on the phone. Sometimes you must remove the battery from your Curve to refresh the operating system and fix any performance issues from apps that require you to reboot your phone to function properly. Turn your Curve over, then insert a credit card, library card or a fingernail in the groove below the five dots on the battery cover. Lift the battery cover gently until it pops off, then use the same credit card or fingernail to lift the battery out of its socket. Wait fifteen seconds, then replace the battery and the battery cover. You may have to turn your Curve back on by turning your phone over, then pressing and holding the red power button until your phone's screen powers on.
Tips and warnings
- If you notice a considerable decrease in your phone's performance after you install an application, the app could be buggy. You should consider deleting it from your phone's memory. From your phone's home screen, press the Menu button to see the complete BlackBerry menu, then scroll down and click on "Settings." Click the "Options" icon in the Settings screen, then click the "Applications" tab. Scroll down to the application you wish to delete, then press the Menu key while it's highlighted. Click "Delete" in the pop-up menu that appears, then click the "Delete" button to confirm that you really want to delete the application. Restart your phone, if prompted to do so.
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