How to enable and configure Places in Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones

Article ID: KB24962

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 06-20-2012

 

Product(s) Affected:

  • Facebook for BlackBerry OS 7 and earlier
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  • Facebook® for BlackBerry® smartphones 1.9 to 3.1
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When setting up Places on Facebook® for BlackBerry® smartphones, there are a few steps that must be taken to allow the application to find your location and check-in.

It is important to note that by default, the option Share my Location with Facebook is disabled (unchecked) and may also appear as a non-editable/grayed checkbox. This option will remain grayed out until the application is able to determine that you have allowed Facebook to use Places and you have accepted the Places disclaimer.

Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 3.1:

  1. Open Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones
  2. Click on the Facebook logo to access the navigation grid
  3. Click the Places (p) icon
  4. Click the Check In button once it appears
  5. A disclaimer is then displayed with the option to accept or decline.
  6. Once accepted, a list of nearby Places will display, there is also an option to Add a Place. For more details on using these features please consult the product documentation.

Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 2.0:

  1. Open Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones
  2. Click on the Facebook logo to access the navigation grid
  3. Click the Places (P) icon
  4. Click the Check In button once it appears
  5. A disclaimer is then displayed with the option to accept or decline.
  6. Once accepted, a list of nearby Places will display, there is also an option to Add a Place. For more details on using these features please consult the product documentation.

Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 1.9.1:

It is important to note that by default, the option Share my Location with Facebook is disabled (unchecked) and may also appear as a non-editable/grayed checkbox. This option will remain grayed out until the application is able to determine that you have allowed Facebook to use Places and you have accepted the Places disclaimer.

  1. Open Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones
  2. Click the Places (P) icon
  3. Click the Check In button once it appears
  4. Select a location from the list that appears or select Add a Place and enter a Name: and Description , before clicking Create
  5. A disclaimer is then displayed with the option to accept or decline.

Once this disclaimer has been accepted, the Share my Location with Facebook checkbox will be automatically enabled. To disable or re-enable this option:

  1. Open Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones
  2. Press the Menu button
  3. Select Options
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the option Share my Location with Facebook


To acquire a location using GPS technology, a BlackBerry with GPS capability must be used and location services must be enabled on the BlackBerry smartphone. If this option is disabled, Places will not function correctly, displaying inaccurate locations. If the BlackBerry smartphone does not have GPS capability, Places will use cell site location services to determine your approximate location, providing Location Services are set to Location On.

To enable Location Services, complete the following steps:

On a BlackBerry smartphone with BlackBerry 6:

  1. From the homescreen, select the search icon
  2. Type Location Services
  3. Select Options
  4. Select Location Settings
  5. Ensure Location Services is set to Location On

On a BlackBerry smartphone with BlackBerry Device Software 5.0:

  1. Select Options
  2. Select Advanced Options
  3. Select GPS
  4. Ensure GPS Services is set to Location On

Please note that if Location Services is not available, your wireless carrier may not be allowing GPS access. Please contact you wireless provider for more information.

Please note your Facebook profile privacy settings may also require some configuration in order to allow Places to be shared. Please see the Privacy settings in Facebook for more information.

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When setting up Places for Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones, Once this disclaimer has been accepted, the Share my Location with Facebook checkbox will be automatically enabled. To disable or enable this option:

  1. Open Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones
  2. Press the Menu button
  3. Select Options
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the option Share my Location with Facebook
  5. Uncheck Share my Location with Facebook

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