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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Blackberry: Change Push to Talk Button / Convenience Key

For some time I had been searching for a way to turn off the "Push-To-Talk" button as it is useless to me, and many others. In fact, yesterday I got a question from one reader of my other posts asking if I knew how to disable the button. Having looked before and not finding anything -- I figured it was time to have another look.

After taking another look, I almost felt silly that I missed it earlier. It is very easy to change the Push-To-Talk (PTT) button on your Blackberry to another function. The actual key is called the convenience key and here are the instructions on the easiest way to change it.

From your Blackberry device do the following:
1. Go to options.

2. Choose Screen/Keyboard.

3. Scroll down to "Convenience Key Opens"

4. Choose which function you want your Blackberry to perform when you hit the convenience button / key.

The list includes:
Nothing (!)
Address Book
Application Switcher
Blackberry Messenger
Call Log
Manage Connections
Password Keeper
Push to Talk
Saved Messages
Send Voice Note
Setup Bluetooth
Setup Wizard
TeleNav GPS Navigator
Voice Dialing

5. Choose your feature and exit to save the settings.

Congratulation, you have not changed your convenience button key setting on your Blackberry 8800, 8830, Pearl, and Curve devices.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time to post this. I often bumped that key and it kept asking if I wanted to activate the Push To Talk feature and I kept hitting NO! YOU ROCK!!

Anonymous said...

Any insight into how I could map this key to be a Mute on/off button?

This would be more convenient than the Mute button on the top of the phone.

Ken Hanscom said...

I agree that is much more convenient. There does not appear to be a simple way to do it at this time, unfortunately.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this fix. COuld find it nowhere else in the webernet!

Anonymous said...

My sales associate did this programming for me at the time of purchase, but I lost the feature when installing a media card (battery removal). I tried all sorts of searches within the AT&T and BlackBerry websites with no help whatsoever.

When googling, your blog was #1 and I was feeling lucky !!

Thanks Ken !!~ jeff from costa mesa, california