BBM for Android leaks on eve of launch (and yes, it works this time)

By Adam Zeis on 20 Sep 2013 04:17 pm EDT

** Sorry! This one had to go. Check back tomorrow at 7am EDT for an official release ** 

While BBM for Android has leaked once already, BlackBerry had things locked down so no one could actually use it. Today it looks like a switch has been flipped as a working version has once again turned up in the CrackBerry forums and users are reporting two thumbs up. 

An official version is set to drop tomorrow at 7am EDT but if you just can't wait it out then head to the forums to give this one a go. 

Keep in mind that it's not an official release so it may do funky things to your device that we're not responsible for - so install and play around at your own risk. 

BBM for Android is on the way - come chat with us!

Topics: BBM Android Apps

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Reader comments

BBM for Android leaks on eve of launch (and yes, it works this time)


All leaks are real technically. Although imagine the thought of sideloading this bbm apk into our beloved bb10 hahaha

here's a mirror: download away before mods delete this comment and ban my a$$ forever: link removed because service got locked.

should i make a new blackberry ID

or should i make the account on beta zone ?

can i use my ID to sign in into the bbm android and at the same time its on my blackberry 10 ?

Seems like it worked for a while before they switched it off. I was able to get a couple of messages out before seeing the same issue. Saying no connection. lol.

So what about bbm for Android and iPhone. I don't get it

The most people are on what's app. Why should they switch to bbm.

Posted via CB10

Its true, you cant deny it. Ask anyone on the streets, they will prefer bbm over whatsapp, because bbm everyone has used before. Although I am not dissing whatsapp or anything I use it too. Except my experience with bbm is better.

Umm, nope, the largest userbase blackberry ever had was around 80 million, a lot of them outside US. Whatsapp currently has over 300 million active users. So not everyone has used BBM or even knows what it is.

I can absolutely confirm it worked on my Nexus 7 and my Z10 for about an hour. Now Nexus BBM app unable to connect after they pulled the plug.

APK file is available at several places in the forums. I installed APK and carried on with setup. Its not possible to install via Play Store: "not available for this device.."

Does that mean that blackberry monitors crackberry? Getting the tin foil hats out,lol.

Via my Zormtrooper...

stop teasing the readers and update the title of this article: taken down/not available anymore :P

So boring. What's the point of posting this, if you're about to pull it off later + word sorry? Booo.

Posted via CB10

I understand why they pulled it... can't say 1.5 billion downloads in 1 day if 1.49 billion side load it.

Obviously my numbers are a hopeful exaggeration but my point is the same.

Posted via CB10

After reading your comment, now I can accept that, sounds fair enough, as BBRY now needs every sip they can take in order to survive. I'm a big fan of BlackBerry and definitely hate to see where they are now. Godspeed BBRY, hold on there buddy. Hopefully days ahead are better for you..

Posted via CB10

When you switch devices, PIN does NOT stay the same. Two devices cannot have the same PIN, but you can log in with the same BBID.

I'm pretty sure that with non BlackBerry devices, when swapping phones and logging in with a bbid, the pin stays the same.

Posted via CB10

Yes. As long has the QUALITY is solid. I am going to make this a big deal in a big circle. Fingers crossed and also ready to promote BBM4ALL.

Bottom line is you can't send files in what's crap, LMAO just pics music and text. #ichooseblackberry get with the program.

Posted via CB10

Apparently it is working again. My S3 buddy is messaging me now. He said it just started working again

Posted via CB10

Will download BBM in aaaallll my Android and iOS devices! and my mom's Android, and my dad's Android! my brother's and my sister's iOS-es and droid... my neigbours's too if i could sneak into their room and 'borrow' their iOS-es and Droids tonight...

You guys should too!! BBM needs that enormous download count to bring the initial buzz in multiplatform market!

My buddy just recently went from 9800 to iphone and he's like man id pay for bbm when is it coming.

BlackBerry should charge make some cash back?

Posted via Q10 using CB10

Not yet available. Sad!
No wonder the company is on the verge folding up. They can't even keep the time for a software launch.

Posted via CB10

Thanks keff. The link is in that forum post. Downloaded and installed but can't connect yet unfortunately. I guess the bbm tap isn't open in south africa yet. Oh well, just a couple hours :-D

Couple of more hours then bbm is officially released guys so stop fighting over a link, but I was wondering if it is going to be available for download in google play?
And do we get like bbm pins?
is it free?
What data package should you have to be able to use it or is it wifi only?
.... thanks

Here in S.A an downloaded a leaked version yesterday, an kept standing still at Setting up BBM. So will we be able to download it at 12pm?

What is the South African download time? I have been so excited for the past few months, after migrating from my old 9780 to the S4 all i missed was BBM. I honestly love Android, the only reason I even got a blackberry in the first place was to download for "free"

Hmm... BBM is a really good app though, I think all tough competition in the mobile computing and telecommunications industry is really giving us the best that these companies have to offer. I just wish consumers were more aware of what being a "fan" (short for fanatic) of a company can cost.

I already installed bbm on my note2 but its not working. It's showing connection problem. ..If anyone from India facing the same problem please do reply :(

It's happening with everyone on Android. Blackberry shut the app down until the official launch in about an hour.


un install the leaked version and down the official version after 25 minute's from play store. its only fair and secure. besides its a free app so no need to install a leaked version. so wait for official and play secure. happy bbm chatting!!

oooo i cant wait i sure hope they keeep there word and stick to this!! i cant wait have it when will it be here for the UK dose anyone know???

How long more to to before the app pops up in Google App Store? And how do we know which one is the real BBM?

Saturday, 21 September 2013, 07:15:48 EDT

BBM for Android still not here ...... Like all things BlackBerry, this one is also LATE.

So basically it means they are incapable of lifting their game. (unless it was only crackberry and not blackberry who gave this as the official time)

Nice BlackBerry failure one more time. it is 7:35 EDT , nothing yet. maybe is this just delayed by the play store and not for blackberry? . But they said on u could download it too. so

c'mon Kevin and Adam, give us an update..
Soo happy today I didnt for for their BB10 devices, and instead opted for Android. As they say, once is enough- Playbook for me was the last BB product. Vindicated!
Was still hopeful that after android, the Playbook just might get BBM again.. How stoopid of me to think that.

leak working on galaxy s4.....go to the notificacion bar press and hold the bbm icon go to app info and force stop it then open it again

leak works on my S2. Just a really long "Setting up BBM" wait and then it works like a charm. but no voice or video capability

Leaked version seems to kinda work, I downloaded the one from the smaboy link, my s4 is really slow now tho... And battery draining suspiciously quickly. Might be why it's not released yet, but then again it's probably been tested for a while already... Anyways at least it works and I can give my bb away

i got the leak from It also works on my Note 2. Wait was about 30 seconds on the Note 2 but abut 1.5-2 min on the S2 or so it seems

after you get your PIN you need to invite friends by their PIN or email, phone or barcode assuming they also have BBM on their droids/iphone or are BB users

Leak works for a few minutes on my S4 in US chatting with my friend in Canada. But now she can't receive my bbm.