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How To Perform a Hard Reset on the BlackBerry PlayBook


One of our readers, Devin, let us know about a cool tip for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Since the BlackBerry PlayBook does not have a removable battery it makes it impossible to perform a true hard reset of pulling the battery like you can on BlackBerry smartphones. Just to confirm what I mean by a hard reset. This key combination will perform a hardware reboot instead of a software reset on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

To perform a hard reset on the BlackBerry PlayBook:

Hold down the volume up key, volume down key, and power button at the same time and hold it for about 15 seconds. TIP: Its easier if you hit the volume up key then the volume down key and then the power key.

Thanks Devin for the tip! Feel free to share your tips by emailing us or sharing them in the comments!

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  1. Thank you for the hard reset instructions.

  2. This will be good to know when I get my PlayBook and I am about to tweet it to a friend of mine who said her PlayBook is stuck on the intro vid

  3. You only need to hold the power button and the volume down button. No need to hold the volume up button. Makes it a little easier

  4. Great tip

  5. thanks a lot for this hint. I didn’t have an instruction book so i was desperately waiting untill my playbook battery would die. this hint helped me a lot. thanks a lot.

  6. That was really helpfull, i was playing NFS and it got stuck, now this tip helped me to reset the playbook

  7. OMG! that was awesome… it really helped, more than what RIM could do for me…. thank you a thousand times!

  8. my blackberry playbook keeps going off and on and the hard reset doesn’t change anything…any help please ?

  9. Thanks for your guide.

  10. thank you so much for the tip. i started freaking out not knowing what to do.

  11. Thank you Romen!

  12. i have two thin lines appearing across the top of my screen. can anybody help ?

  13. i love how this works for everyone but me and i got my playbook free for working in a mobile store lol.. any other ideas on how to fix a playbbok that does not want to turn on?

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