Customize the BlackBerry KEY2's recents multitasking view; here's how



BlackBerry Mobile has started to post tutorials on how to enable certain features on the BlackBerry KEY2. Just the other day, the BlackBerry licensee showed users of the device how to activate a three fingered swipe to open the Privacy Shade. The latter keeps prying eyes from spying on your display over your shoulder. Today, the focus is on the recents multitasking view.

On the KEY2, which runs Android Oreo, the recents multitasking button is the square found on the bottom right just under the 4.5-inch display. Tapping the button allows users to see which apps are still open on the phone, and lets them tap back and forth to switch the app currently on the screen. The apps can also be closed individually, or all at once. While most Android phones running Oreo reveal which apps are still open with a vertical swipe, the KEY2 allows you to customize the view.

The directions speak for themselves:

  • Swipe down and tap the Settings icon (it looks like a gear).
  • Tap Display.
  • Tap on Recents.
  • Select Rolodex.
  • Tap on the recents multitasking button (the square).
  • Select between Tiles or Masonry.

Rolodex is the default setting with vertical swiping revealing the open apps. It's sort of like, well, yeah, a Rolodex. Tiles shows the open apps as individual tiles on the screen. Masonry sort of resembles a brick house with the app tiles arranged like bricks covering multiple columns and rows. Select the view that you like the best.

You can see the three options for yourself by tapping on the video at the top of this article. Note that this feature is also available on the BlackBerry KEYone.

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KEY2
  • Display 4.5" 1080 x 1620 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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