CrackBerry Asks: Are you now using a wallpaper with BBM?

By James Richardson on 22 Jun 2014 02:13 pm EDT

With the latest BlackBerry messenger update one of the new features introduced was the ability to use a wallpaper within BBM chats. Right now, we only have the choice of four colors available in the BBM Shop (blue, green, red & yellow), so hopefully we'll see some more roll out shortly.

For long term BlackBerry users many of you would have been into customizing your legacy devices with themes over the years. Things aren't quite the same with BlackBerry 10, but the BBM Wallpapers are a nice little option to have. Sure, it isn't revolutionary but it does give you some choice.

With BBM now being on iOS, Android and coming very soon to Windows Phone, BlackBerry are very much still pushing forward with the 'best' instant messaging service. I was intrigued to find out how many folk are taking advantage of the wallpaper choice so early on, so please cast your vote in the following poll:

Need to know how to set a wallpaper within BBM? Click here.

Reader comments

CrackBerry Asks: Are you now using a wallpaper with BBM?


Ditto here. I mean, really, what a leading poll. I am using it, but I'm certainly not loving it in any way.

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

Agreed. I'm using it [for now] just because it's there and it's free. I definitely don't "love" it, and I certainly wouldn't pay money for it. At least, not for the bland wallpapers currently available.

Because of all the issues I've heard, ie..keyboard covers up conversation and overall lag, I didn't do the update. Don't feel like I'm missing anything.

Via The BlackBerry Z10 Experience.

See, now this is firsthand experience of too much UI customization, which causes features to lag...

TouchWiz anyone?

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I had tried it out. But I found my conversations were lagging to open when I open them. Anyone else experience this on Z10?

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I find it lags more when opening up chats in the Hub, so I've reverted to the stock black. This may be a problem that is particular to me because I have way too many email and social media accounts connected to the Hub; two of my Outlook accounts are set to perpetual for their sync length.

Posted via CB10 on Z10

Need more RAM and quadcore, and faster flash chip. This is where we (power snoozers) hit the hardware limitations of current BB10 smartphones...

Passport cannot come early enough!

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Using blue but not experiencing any lag when opening conversations.

 Do you see the Blackberry Icons or question marks 

No and I don't see the point of it either. This update has totally lagged up my BBM group chats horrendously. Everytime I open up my BBM now I have to wait to see exactly which group has new messages because all 5 of them are the same one until I wait a minute for it to repopulate.

It takes a couple of days for it to "settle" in was slightly laggy when I installed it but after a day or so it's back to normal.

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I am using it but I can't say I'm loving it. You barely see it in a full chat page, I thought it would apply to the chat boxes themselves not (just) the background, that would make more sense visually.

So I was a big fan of the dark theme. But after the addition of the new wallpapers, im loving the default light theme with the blue wallpaper background. It really cleans it up nice.

BlackBerry 4Life

The options we have now are too bland and look horrible with the dark theme, and with the gray message boxes remaining you can hardly see it so what's the point right now?

Tried the different colors, still reverted back to black. I like the idea but personally love the clean look of just black.

Posted via CB10

Wish there was another option, I am using but but since adding it I have noticed that BBM has become slower to open chats. Sometimes even requiring me to close and re open the chat in the hub, I haven't found a way to remove it so anyone who knows how I would love some advice.

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Love that you can now turn the theme black!! :D
Black BBM looks so cool way better than white and blue

Posted via CB10 via my BlackBerry Z10 ;)

Nice option. No lag at all. Must be a connection speed issue for some, but not because of the background.

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Yep. Using the blue background and I like how it looks. Not experiencing any lag since the update. One thing I think would be great, is adding personal wallpapers and having the ability to assign each contact any custom paper to make each chat as unique as the individual you're chatting with.

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Would but not sure what to use and only my wife uses BBM with me and she's on an iPhone. All my BlackBerry user friends jumped ship a while ago. :(

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Just like my home screen...I keep mine simple black.

Easy to read and looks more professional at work.

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This isn't news. This piece is in the wrong section. News is all about broadcasting not asking questions.

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I voted Yes but I'm not in love with it. Would love move option: solid colors or use your own.

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There will be more choices, but you will probably have to pay for them.

Seems like there going to sell them like stickers.

"Classic" better be called "Bold Q20" or "Bold 10" 

It's nice to have options... being that it's not a shared experience, I don't think I would pay for any.

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Go Black or Go Home!

BBM needs to keep it simple yet feature filled at the same time. I could easily live without this feature and BBM isn't intuitive at all in my opinion.

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

BBM really needs to get 1 to 1 and group video going. Do that and they'll be #1 in cross platform chatting.

BlackBerry BBM needs to be more aggressive and try to beat their competition down.

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I did initially try it..but BBM started lagging...and I changes it back to Black. now I don't want to go back as I am wary of it lagging again

Posted from my SuperHuman Q10

There really isn't much space between the comments to make the wallpaper beneficial. Knock down the opacity of the comment boxes by 25% and maybe they wont look weird with the black theme. Maybe offer some dark themed wallpaper. Metallica Black Album, or other metal themed wallpapers. Black with 50% grey graphics.

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Nope, BBM runs slower and wallpaper selection is terrible. Should be able to select from your own pictures.

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I only use it if I am using the white theme. Wallpaper with the black theme I think looks horrid IMO

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Works on my Z30...but can't work on my wife's Z10...and if I may ask...does the wallpaper change on the screen of the person u are chatting, like if I change wallpapers while chatting with my wife, is she supposed to see I just changed wallpapers or is the change only on my screen?

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Just add more choices or the ability to make your own. Otherwise, this is a welcomed feature addition.

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I use it bit it lags. When I click on chat history it takes a second to load it

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I use Whatsapp where I can choose any background wallpaper I want for free!

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Loving would be a bit much but I like being able to change the look from time to time. Wish we could use any pic to do this.

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You not knowing is scary. How many times has Whatsapp gone down and how many times has it been hacked. Don't have enough fingers and toes. Not to mention it's a FB product now.

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Yes, but i find it slows down opening BBM. It is laggy and not smooth... maybe will be smoother with updates.

From the mind of a mAnIaC

I like using the added feature. It also gives me hope that BlackBerry is committed to add value to the BlackBerry Messenger experience.

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NO, completely USELESS feature! Unless you can use unique background for each and every chat, like in Viber.

Yes. I want the option to be able to put anything as a wallpaper and be able to put a wallpaper for all and to out a different one for different if you want.

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I don't like how it was implemented. No option to use my own images, even though I'm the only one who sees the wallpaper I choose. :/ Try again.

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Yes I am. However, I would appreciate sending multiple pictures at once via BBM would be far more useful and something that WhatsCrap has being doing for over a year!

No offense, but they look hideous to me. I may use it if there's more options and there's one that I like or if I could use my personal pictures.

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I'd love to select my own, I'm not using the bright colours I can choose now. Wouldn't be my choice.

Posted via CB10 on my Z10

The solid colors are a good start. Be nice to see premium wallpaper that have holiday themes and I'd like to see some themes for men,women, children too.

Posted via CB10

Yep. Love the feature, I'm sure it was already in the planning, but funny enough, I had mentioned this feature being a good idea in a post and voila! What do you know a couple of weeks later. Backgrounds!

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I'm sure premium wallpapers will be next, for sale. BBM has to make money, but a few more free options would be nice.

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I couldn't help but notice a pretty Asian lady with a shiny white iPhone that was using a messaging app, and the wallpaper matched the case. Now I am not a theme guy, but it really looked fresh, and I suppose that she was trying to match her phone to what she was wearing, because it looked great!

Anyway, although I like to play Batman with the dark theme, BlackBerry should consider allowing for full themes across the OS, including BBM. That would open more sales possibilities.

I've used it for a couple days, but back to dark theme, cause I'm still thinking the dark background gives me the best contrast view, and, simple is good.

Posted via CB10

Liking it on using different wallpapers on chat. But like to see in future BBM updates were you be able to use your own wallpapers like your football team you support or a picture from your family

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Yes, I am. I think they need to be bring individual wallpaper. Also, changing the font as well.

Ms. Lady P

Yes , but I wish I could use customized wallpaper just like whatsapp

Posted via CB10 using a powerful Z10:)

I don't have a use for wallpapers in general -- I see them as a waste of time. But it is an important feature to have (for the masses) so that's a good thing.

What is the point of having more options when majority of the wallpaper is covered by the text boxes.

So far it's only on BlackBerry, i wish it was custom wallpapers like what's app, but a step further even a different wallpaper for every chat if you could

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Not yet. I prefer the BBM dark theme. Simple and practical.

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

I totally take advantage of the wallpaper! It is a really cool feature that I love to use. Besides, it really makes BBM stand out.

Ojani Noa

When you can see so little of it, what's the point? Or can you increase transparency of the conversation backgrounds?

No! The wallpapers suck plus why can't I use my own come on RIM I thought restrictions was Apples thing

Zee 10 swish