Here's how to use one of the most underrated privacy features on the BlackBerry KEY2

One of the most underrated privacy features available for Android phones is the BlackBerry Privacy Shade. With the shade, you can block out portions of the screen on your phone, preventing people from looking over your shoulder to read private information that might be seen on your screen. While owners of Android powered BlackBerry handsets get the Privacy Shade for free, users of other Android phones get a free 30-day trial. After that, they have to subscribe to the BlackBerry Hub+ suite for 99 cents a month in order to keep the app.

If you own the BlackBerry KEY2, a three-finger swipe will allow you to quickly access the Privacy Shade. According to a video released today by BlackBerry Mobile (the name for the TCL unit that licenses software from BlackBerry), to set up the three-finger swipe, follow these directions:

  • Swipe down and tap on the Settings icon.
  • Tap Shortcuts and gestures.
  • Toggle three-finger Privacy Shade on/off.
  • Swipe on the screen with three-fingers.
  • Drag the "eye" around.
  • Swipe with three-fingers.
To watch the entire process, simply click on the video at the top of this story. And if you need to install Privacy Shade on your non-BlackBerry Android phone, click on this link.

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1. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

That's pretty dope! N good work Alan

2. Alan01

Posts: 645; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Thanks! Alan

3. Rafishant

Posts: 405; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Alan F. Almost 95% of BlackBerry articles in this site are written by you. I highly recommend you to work at Crackberry.

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

He also writes most Microsoft-related articles too. Should he displace Dan Rubino at Windows Central as well?

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

You forgot to mention that you'll need BB Hub+ to use this privacy shade. There's other app that can do this thing (bubble and rectangle highlight), it's called "Privacy Screen Guard & Filter" but it's not available from Playstore so sideload it on your own risk, lol. (just make sure to block all unnecessary permission, and it's internet access) There should be other alternatives if look hard enough on playstore (most of them just overlaying the screen with some stupid picture)

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