BlackBerry Priv, The Settings… WiFi



I was fiddling about in the settings on my Priv the other day and it ocurred to me that I take some things for granted. By that I mean that we all have different interests and understandings regarding the various and sundry settings available on our phones. What interests me may not interest you and vice versa. What is useful for me may be useless for you. You get the idea.

Join me as I explore every stinking option in every setting on the BlackBerry Priv. Ready? Let’s go!


Getting into settings can be accomplished in various ways. You can swipe down from the top twice and click that gear icon, you can swipe up and left from the bottom and search for settings and click on that icon, or you can click on the apps icon and scroll down to the settings icon.

Once there, you are presented with a non-alphabetical list of settings grouped by subject. First subject up is “Wireless and networks”, and first in that list is WiFi. We’ll go through them all. Hopefully we’ll all learn something on the way.


WiFi generally derived its name from the audio term HiFi by the Interbrand Corp. Anyway, let’s get into the nitty gritty.

Clicking on the WiFi section, we get to see a list of the current WiFi access points and/or devices that are available to us in our present location. If you’re in a spot that is new to you and there is WiFi available to you just click on the name of the new WiFi name and ask someone for the password if needed. Some locations are available without a password. No sense using your mobile operator data if you don’t need to!


As you can see there are 5 different networks I can access where I am. If you click on the 3 dot menu on the top right, you are presented with 5 options.

Add network allows you to connect to a WiFi network manually. This is rarely used IMHO. It asks you for the SSID (Service Set Identification) which is an arbitrary name set for the WiFi access point, then wants security type info etc. Hardly a normal user activity but useful for some people needing to add networks that have hidden SSID/names.

Saved networks is merely a list of all the WiFi networks you have logged onto with your phone… like ever!


You can click on them and “forget” them if you think you’ll never be back to “The Studio” for example. I’m there every week so it’s staying.

Refresh as it’s name suggests let’s you update the live list of WiFi access points available to you at your present location.

Advanced… here we go with a subsection…


Network notification is a toggle that lets you know when you are in the vicinity of a public network. Sometimes they are easy to connect to, and sometimes they direct you to a website that asks for authorization. Your choice. I leave it on and choose to connect or not based on the service available.

Keep WiFi on during sleep is relatively obvious. When your phone goes into sleep mode do you want WiFi to remain enabled or not? I leave it on all the time but you might find yourself in a situation where battery life is limited. Then again there’s always airplane mode.

WiFi frequency band.


Most recent routers and access points offer both 2.4ghz and 5ghz frequency bands. 2.4ghz has more range, but 5ghz can transmit larger amounts of data at the detriment of less range. I leave my setting at auto.

Install certificates. Often used in campus or enterprise locations, it may be required to install a digital web certificate in order to access the WiFi at that location. This cert is a file sent to you that you must install on your device in order to be authenticated on the campus/enterprise network.

WiFi direct. Like Miracast it is the option to let you wirelessly connect to another device such as my ScreenBeam in order to play movies or music on my TV/audio system


WPS Push Button. It’s the service of  a router/access point that lets you press a button on that router in order to have your handset/device interact and negotiate the logon credentials without needing to know the details of what type of security and other details are required. The PIN entry is part of the process.

Help is… help? You need help? You came to the right place.

That’s it for today. Like I said, over the next few weeks I’m going to go through every option in every setting.

Let me know what I missed. Next up will be Bluetooth!



Dave Matthews here. I'm a phone guy by trade supplying VOIP systems for business and industry. BlackBerry devices, playing PRS guitars in my band, golf, and RC flight are my current passions.