It's rare that I add a contact to BBM by any method other than entering their PIN, so I often forget that there are a few different ways to get the job done.

When I travel to a conference or head to a meet up, I get the chance to use the good ol' barcode scanner or NFC to add contacts to BBM.

What's surprising is that not everyone is aware of how to add a contact to BBM by these methods - or maybe even at all. 

So while most of you already know how to add a contact to BBM by PIN or email, we'll take a quick look at all of the methods so you can become a BBM master in no time.

PIN or Email Address

To add a BBM contact by PIN or email:

  • In BBM, tap overflow icon (3 dots) then Invite to BBM
  • In the To field, enter your contact's PIN or email address
  • Edit the message that will be sent with the invite (or don't, it's up to you)
  • Choose a category (if any) that you'd like the contact added to
  • Tap Send
  • Your invite is sent and the contact will be added to your BBM upon approval

Scan a Barcode

To add a BBM contact by scanning a barcode:

  • In BBM, swipe down from the top bezel. 
  • Tap Scan to Invite
  • Move your device so the camera can focus on your contact's barcode (be it on their device or somewhere else)
  • Once the barcode is scanned and recognized the contact will be added to your BBM contact list.

NFC

To add a contact by NFC (Tap to Invite):

  • In BBM tap the overflow icon (3 dots) then Invite to BBM
  • On the bottom, press Tap to Invite
  • Make sure that your contact has NFC enabled on their device, then align the back of both your devices until you feel it vibrate. 
  • Once complete the contact will be added to your BBM contacts

 

There you have it! Once you master these methods you'll have a multitude of options for adding new contacts to BBM

Be sure to check out more great tutorials in our BlackBerry 10 help and how-to guides.