How to disable BBM contact updates on BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

BBM Contact Updates
By James Richardson on 18 Feb 2014 11:41 am EST

When it comes to BBM status updates they can be a great source of information about your friends. On the other hand, they can also be a pain in the rear depending on what people are updating about and how often they are doing so. Fortunately with BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 we have some sweet options when it comes to what we want to view, also including if the update came from BBM or from a third party app - clever stuff. 

BBM Channels aren't left out of the options either but we'll cover that separately, looking at iOS and Android too since BBM 2.0 introduced Channels to our non-BlackBerry buddies. 

Let's look at a couple of examples when it comes to what we can hide on the BBM status notification front. Hypothetically - I have a BBM friend who updates everything they do and frankly it's quite annoying. I don't want to lose that person on BBM as it's the easiest way to get hold of them if I need to. So what I can do is simple - I can disable seeing their updates in my feed. 

Scenario number two - Some applications allow for the option to post a message to BBM in conjunction with their primary function. Blaq and Foursquare are perfect examples and most people will probably be in favor of seeing what that buddy is up to or where they are at. But if you don't want to see that information we can once again switch it off, without disabling that persons normal BBM updates. 

Here's a quick set of instructions on how to make alterations to your contacts BBM status updates: 

  • From within BBM select the 'Updates' tab from the base of the display. 
  • Perform a 'long hold' on the contact you wish to disable
  • Select the 'eye' icon from the bottom of the overflow menu
  • Select which updates you would like to disable. Note - If the update came from an app and not BBM you will have more options in the list like in the photo above. 

So as you can see, with just a few tweaks you can get rid of any unwanted status updates from your BBM feed. I'm 99% sure that the third party app implementation was introduced with OS 10.2.1, but If I'm wrong feel free to sound off in the comments. Either way, options are always welcome and good old BlackBerry seems to be on the ball when it comes to offering them. 

Thanks for the tip Steve. 

Reader comments

How to disable BBM contact updates on BlackBerry OS 10.2.1


Not a 'disable' for me. Darn, I want'a see my daughter's new BBM update photo ..
last time it was her lobster dinner that I paid for.

Cool, anybody know how to disable those annoying imobile messages? I deleted them and again Blood Zombis HD bla bla

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App (Z10

It's been discussed in threads, but you need to download Ghost Commander. Go to the App List and find the app you want to disable notifications for. Long-hold on the app you want to pull the Operations menu, then click on Manage. Inside there you'll see a check box for Notifications. Uncheck, back out and you'll no longer receive Hub notifications on that particular app.

Yes. Also I see that mortification about channel shows all the previously read posts as unread and show as 5 new posts even though I read 4 posts already and only one is new

Posted via CB10

Just learned that you need to delete previous channels notifications from "channels notification tab" to bbm to show only the new posts and count correctly

Posted via CB10

I have same questions. I disable to see updates from a group but now I don't know how to enable it again.

Posted via CB10

Again found how to unblock.
Open BBM and go to settings.
Select "Blocked contacts and updates" button.
Go to "Updates" tab and select and removed the one you want to get updates from.

Posted via CB10

Super helpful tip. I didn't know this one at all. Thanks a lot.

Posted from Z30STA100-3/

Now of we can have the option to turn off SENDING updates automatically when you sign into blackberry id when changing devices etc.

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Thanks ,I was checking BBM,and found another option...Hide updates from a BBM contact,group,or channel...Open BBM pull down from the top,Tap help.All kinds of stuff can be done with those tutorials,good job BB,there are 38 tutorials,That could anybody busy for a while,lol

I'm a loner when comes to blackberry. No one likes Bbm and all of them said they are not used to it. I guess I don't have to worry about this settings

Posted via CB10

@maxz888...Learn all you can and be prepared for that day when Video arrives,you'll be the King of the hill.Go to BBM and swipe down from the top.tap help and everything you could ask for is there.

Sometimes I feel sorry for myself for having only 3 people on my BBM. After reading your post, I feel a little bit better.....

Loving My SexyBack Z10!

Ok and now how to undo it??????
In order to test it I removed all updates from a contact and now I can't find how to reactivate them.

Go to blocked contacts and unblock them. Couple of posts above

Posted from my awesome HUB enabled  Z10

Thank you very much.

Posted via CB10 | STL100-2 | Waiting for the mighty Squircle to return.

Now if only there is an option to disable broadcast messages from certain people....

Posted via CB10

It would be nice if we could have separate status updates or profiles for our different category of contacts ie. business vs personal, friends vs family. I rarely do updates because I don't want to share the same things with friends, family and business colleagues.

Posted via CB10

Oh wow...noticed the eye but didn't bother to test it out because I knew it was supposed to hide updates from contacts....didn't realise the official update tucked in this cool feature


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Thanks for making this know. I do not update or share anything like that via BBM, because I don't want to bother people with my nonsense or unimportant things (playlists, etc.)

Now I can, because they have an option to turn it off.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

This Subject had me Saying YES .. they finally Fixed the Problem... but this still Don't fix the Initial Problem..

I want to Turn off ALL contact updates with one press.. Like how it is on BBM 7... I don't want to have to do it for each and every Contact... Grrr

I Have 2000 Contacts and I can't turn off all of them one by one and I'll have to Keep turning off new contacts..

We need a way to turn off all Updates..

I need that sticker. Also maybe a spark and a couple stickers. (:

Posted without the help of autocorrect on my Q10,


I recommend a follow-up with Channels updates, please.

Seems this method as you've stated doesn't fully work with Channels. The Exchange Gif continually gets updates, over 25 per day! I've been able to disable these using the same steps prior to the official (I had the leak and it too worked for BBM Channels). Seems after installing the same official build and with BBM3 for BB10 doesn't fully disable Update Alerts. I've also seen the option to Remove as Favourite (or disable as favourite or something similar).

Hoping this work-around works.

It's already there since 10.0
But the option for only hide display pic update or all update is new, I think.
Would be nice to have option to disable updates for all contacts, save time for ppl who have lots of BBm contacts.

Thanks for the tips btw

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