So you're using an Android device and want to chat with your BBM friends? No problem! BlackBerry Messenger is now available for not only BlackBerry users but Android and iOS as well. BBM is totally free to use and is a great way to stay in touch with your friends without the worry of text messaging or other bulky messaging apps.
Getting up and running with BBM on your Android device is easy, but if you're having trouble we're here to help. Keep reading for a full walkthrough of using BBM on your Android device.
First things first - you'll need an Android device to install BBM.
Once installed, tap on the icon to start the BBM service.
If you're already a BBM user and want to use your current BBID, enter your login details on the screen. If you're new to BBM or want to use a different BBID, you can register here as well.
Tap the overflow icon (3 dots)
Tap Invite to BBM
Choose the method by which to invite a contact
Enter any info as needed.
When the contact accepts your request they will be added to your contact list
To start a new chat, tap the BBM icon in the top right corner (the one with the + sign)
Search for or choose a contact from the list
Tap the contact, enter your message and choose Send
To start a multiperson chat with more than one contact, tap the overflow icon (3 dots) then tap Start Multiperson Chat
Enter the contacts to which you want to send your message
Enter you message and tap Send
To access the settings menu, tap the overflow icon (3 dots) then choose Settings
Here you can change things such as notification tone, contact list layout, update options, chat history and more
To create a group, tap the Groups icon on the bottom of the screen
Tap the overflow icon (3 dots) then choose Create New Group
Enter a group name, photo and description
After your group is created, tap the group icon to open it. From here use the overflow menu (3 dots) to change settings, invite contacts, add photos, add lists, add events and more.
To send a broadcast message to all of your contacts, tap the overflow icon (3 dots) then choose Broadcast Message. Enter your message and tap Send.
To quickly view your contacts list, tap the Contacts icon
To quickly view groups tap the Groups icon
The BBM service will stay running in the background of your device. You'll see a small BBM icon in your notification bar so you know that the service is active and ready to send or receive messages. You can disable this setting, however this will keep BBM in the background and you may miss messages at times, so it's best to just deal with it and keep it in the foreground.
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