Changing the Side Button Default on the Blackberry

If you are like me and use the holster that came with your blackberry, you may find it annoying when you always accidentally hit the button on the side which is defaulted for voice dialing, and then you hear beeps and voices as it tries to figure out what you are saying to it – though you really don’t want to have any sort of conversation with it at all.

It took a while to find out where to fix that, but someone I know found it:
Options > Screen/Keyboard > Convenience Key Options
Select from a list of option s of what to change the side button to

I set it to ‘Nothing’ since I know I always touch it when I pull the phone out of the holster, but it may be useful to have it st to something else.


19 thoughts on “Changing the Side Button Default on the Blackberry

  1. Loren says:

    Bless you. I have been torn between the attitudes of “Blackberry engineers are geniuses” vs. “Was ther no one at the product planning table who ever pulled a Blackberry out of their pocket”?

  2. Marc says:

    Wow, thank you for this tip. I’m not a holster guy so every time I pull my BB out of my pocket the camera had been activated. Very annoying. Like Loren states, has anyone ever pulled a BB out of their pocket?? I set my side key to nothing.

  3. Lyndsay says:

    Thank you for this tip! I just got my blackberry yesterday and it was driving me crazy with that voice dial thing. I’ve now set mine up to “nothing” also, until I figure out what I want there. Thanks!

  4. Sunny says:

    Obviously they never talked to users when they set the default. I set mine to messages, so I can instantly open up email. Isn’t email why everyone has a Blackberry?

  5. thankyouthankyou says:

    Thank-you so very much – that button drives me crazy and every time I accidently hit it I hear that voice command button – I hate it. Thank you thankyou

  6. Ramiro says:

    It took me three months to finally accept that the voice dialing function was driving me insane… and it took me 1 and half minutes to find your post and solve the problem….

  7. I Eat Cats says:

    Thank you! That button was driving me absolutely mental.

    Say a command

    Command not recognised, say a command

    I’m sorry…

  8. Mari says:

    Thank you so much…. every time something moves in my purse, the stupid BB goes “Say a command” and i just wanted to kill it πŸ™‚
    You saved my mood, bigtime

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