BlackBerry Slow? Basic Tips to Make Your BlackBerry Run Faster

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You may find your BlackBerry running slowly and often times this can be resolved with a few simple steps. I’ve taken the time to write out these tips that should get your BlackBerry back up to speed. Remember, your BlackBerry is more like a computer than a phone, and it needs similar best practices for memory management and performance.

Clear Out the Event Log

Your BlackBerry tracks absolutely everything it does in order to help with debugging and troubleshooting in what is called an “Event Log.” It helps your BlackBerry run smoother and faster if you periodically clear out this log.

From your Home Screen of icons, press and hold the ALT key and type “LGLG” (Do not press the SHIFT key at the same time) to bring up the Event Log screen as shown. Press the MENU key and select “Clear Log”. Then select “Delete” when it asks you to confirm and finally press the ESCAPE key to get back to your Home Screen.

Close Unused Applications

Want to see what apps you’re running? Hold the menu key or press “alt” + ESC. If you find some apps in this list that you aren’t using, open them and close the app. Remember, an app is still running unless you open the app, press menu and select “close” or “exit”.

Web Browser Running Slowly? Clear out the Cache

You can make a dramatic increase in the speed of your Web Browser by clearing out the cache. Start your browser by clicking on the icon. Inside the Browser, click the MENU key and select “Options”. Select Cache Operations. Click “Clear History,” then click all the “Clear” buttons below. Answer “Yes” when it asked about clearing ‘pushed content.’ When done, press the Escape key a few times to return to the Browser. This will usually speed up your browsing speed significantly.

Automatic Memory Cleaning – Keep It Running Smoothly

One thing that may help keep your BlackBerry running smoothly is to utilize the automatic “Memory Cleaning” feature. Although your BlackBerry has lots of built in memory, all Smartphones are prone to “Memory Leaks” which can cause the device to really slow down, programs to hang or not work properly.

Start your Options icon and click on “Security Options.” Glide down and click on “Memory Cleaning” Change the “Status” to “Enabled.” Once enabled, you will see more options. I recommend leaving the first two as “Yes” and adjusting the Idle Timeout down from 5 minutes to 1 or 2 minutes. Finally, if you want, you can “Show Icon on Home Screen.” Save your changes.

If you selected to show your Icon, you will see it in the Applications folder as shown. When you click the Memory Cleaner icon, you will see the cleaning happen.

Looking for more basic BB tips? Made Simple Learning have some good BlackBerry guides worth checking out.

  • JS

    that’s fantastic advice. I’m sure many BB owners are not familiar with this feature.

  • JS

    that’s fantastic advice. I’m sure many BB owners are not familiar with this feature.

  • Josh

    The memory cleaning feature is great! instantly sped up my BB 9630. Thanks!

  • Josh

    The memory cleaning feature is great! instantly sped up my BB 9630. Thanks!

  • Josh

    The memory cleaning feature is great! instantly sped up my BB 9630. Thanks!

  • Josh

    The memory cleaning feature is great! instantly sped up my BB 9630. Thanks!

  • Josh

    The memory cleaning feature is great! instantly sped up my BB 9630. Thanks!

  • Jackie

    to Clear Out the Event Log on a blackberry storm how is that done?

  • Jackie

    to Clear Out the Event Log on a blackberry storm how is that done?

  • Tom

    This sounds great. How would I clear out the Event Logs on my Storm?

  • Tom

    This sounds great. How would I clear out the Event Logs on my Storm?

  • Ben

    On my storm 9550 I was able to pull up the event log by pressing Alt L Alt G Alt L Alt G. On the home screen just press the menu key and show keyboard. Alt is just the “!?123″ key. Obviously after you press alt, the keyboard changes, but that just means L becomes ” and G becomes /

  • Ben

    On my storm 9550 I was able to pull up the event log by pressing Alt L Alt G Alt L Alt G. On the home screen just press the menu key and show keyboard. Alt is just the “!?123″ key. Obviously after you press alt, the keyboard changes, but that just means L becomes ” and G becomes /

  • Ben

    On my storm 9550 I was able to pull up the event log by pressing Alt L Alt G Alt L Alt G. On the home screen just press the menu key and show keyboard. Alt is just the “!?123″ key. Obviously after you press alt, the keyboard changes, but that just means L becomes ” and G becomes /

  • Scott

    Thanks Ben! I was wondering how to do this on my 9550 as well.

  • Scott

    Thanks Ben! I was wondering how to do this on my 9550 as well.

  • Bob

    This will not work on Storm 9530. There is not an option for keyboard from the Home srcreen of Icons

  • Bob

    This will not work on Storm 9530. There is not an option for keyboard from the Home srcreen of Icons

  • Bob

    This will not work on Storm 9530. There is not an option for keyboard from the Home srcreen of Icons

  • jimNtucson

    Wow! Straigt fwd, simple, powerful tip. I was able to follow each step moving between browser and settigs to completion. Thanks Kyle, and BB Cool!

  • jimNtucson

    Wow! Straigt fwd, simple, powerful tip. I was able to follow each step moving between browser and settigs to completion. Thanks Kyle, and BB Cool!

  • jimNtucson

    Wow! Straigt fwd, simple, powerful tip. I was able to follow each step moving between browser and settigs to completion. Thanks Kyle, and BB Cool!

  • jimNtucson

    Wow! Straigt fwd, simple, powerful tip. I was able to follow each step moving between browser and settigs to completion. Thanks Kyle, and BB Cool!

  • Castro

    i cant do the event log in my storm 9500. what can i do??

  • Castro

    i cant do the event log in my storm 9500. what can i do??

  • lindoboe

    This can’t be done on the Storm 9530??

  • lindoboe

    This can’t be done on the Storm 9530??

  • jlt

    really good tips, my Blackberry runs much better!!

  • jlt

    really good tips, my Blackberry runs much better!!

  • jlt

    really good tips, my Blackberry runs much better!!

  • jim1945

    Cool, but need more info on the Storm rather than generic BB's.

  • jim1945

    Cool, but need more info on the Storm rather than generic BB's.

  • tammy

    thank you blackberrycool. my berry was running slowly and your tips easily helped a beginner like me with no problem to make it run more efficiently. thanks again.

  • Kazzie

    Thank you soooooo much for this!!!! I've been going mad with my wi-fi connection, changing security types and passwords…..just cleared my cache and it's as fast as ever now!! Thank you! :-)

  • Kazzie

    Thank you soooooo much for this!!!! I've been going mad with my wi-fi connection, changing security types and passwords…..just cleared my cache and it's as fast as ever now!! Thank you! :-)

  • Odien

    Thanks alot. I almost threw my phone into the wall because the browser was running so slow.

  • Kumar Rampura

    Thanks for the tips. It helped me speed up my blackberry.

  • Kingjing1975

    the keyboard does not come out on my home screen

  • Kingjing1975

    i got it for storm if u cant get the key board on home screen set your convenience key to keyboard it worked 4 me this is 4 event log

  • Kat1

    Thank you so much for your clear and concise explanations. I was able to follow each one and am so pleased with the results.
    Kudos for writing so well!

  • http://calemox.wordpress.com calemox

    this is extremely helpful. thank you very much for the crisp walkthrough.

  • Smoothcriminal28

    i just tried it… lets c what happens. awesome info

  • Ecabrera425

    Excellent

  • muddyfbayba

    now this is what i can call helping someone but i have one tip.
    My blackberry runs smoothly and amazingly good except that whenever i browse my internet to facebook and bbm at the same time the handheld just freezes !
    and i have noticed that it is just with Facebook
    Ive tried it with other things..
    addition to that, my blackberry runs fast except at times it goes slow when i am typing in the bbm

    id like to be informed if any help could be provided.
    Thanks

  • Brandon

    Very nice i loved my blackberry but the speed it has defectibely changed and i was getting so angry until i found this guide, Thanks its extremely Nicee

  • spoiled p-nut

    Thank you! You saved me from buying an iPhone…I was that annoyed.

  • http://twitter.com/AsianBarbie345 asianbarbie345

    Awesome tips! was very helpful! 10000+ brownie pts!

  • Bboulanger13

    Thank you so much for posting this!! I knew it had to be done, but had no way of knowing how to do it! Thanks, concidering I have had it over 1yr and only did it for the 1st time today! Thanks again your instructions are precise, detailed and very clear. I love this! I will be back.

  • Nishantnuwal

    thnxx soo much

  • kishan

    very helpful thanks yar