How to remove the action bar from chat window in the latest BBM update

How to remove the action bar in the latest BBM update
By DJ Reyes on 16 Feb 2014 10:38 am EST

BBM has just been updated on all three platforms it is currently available on - BlackBerry, Android and iOS. With it came lots a changes and additions, mostly on the non-BlackBerry platforms, like BBM Channels and BBM Voice. One thing that was also added a was an action bar that sits on top on the virtual keyboard when you are in a chat conversation window. This action bar has always been present on physical keyboard devices but for full touchscreen users, you always had to hide the keyboard in order to see more options. So to make it easier for users, the action bar, complete with a 'Back' option is now present. You will also find this present in the the updated iOS and Android BBM version.

While this is an option welcomed by a lot people, there are others who may feel it takes way from screen real estate. If you're in that boat, fear not, you can hide the action bar. This can be done on BlackBerry devices as well as BBM on Android and iOS. Though it must be noted that while you can toggle this option on the BlackBerry Q10 and Q5, it doesn't make the action bar disappear. It looks to be a permanent feature on the physical keyboard devices.

How to hide the action in BBM 2.0 for iOS and Android and BBM 10.3 for BlackBerry

  • Open up the BBM app
  • Go to Settings - For BlackBerry devices, swipe down from the top and tap Settings. For iOS and Android devices, tap the overflow menu icon (three dots on the bottom right) and tap Settings. Make sure you're not within a chat window.
  • Scroll down to the Chats section and find Show Action Bar With Keyboard, toggle this option to Off

Access BlackBerry Settings

Android/iOS BBM Settings

When the toggle is set to off, you will no longer see the action bar when the virtual keyboard is showing. You will need to minimize the keyboard in order to access those items in the action bar. 

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Reader comments

How to remove the action bar from chat window in the latest BBM update


Not really necessary when you already have the CLIP icon on the left side which works much better and faster IMO.

Thanks for the tip! Removed bar = more reading screen space.

Posted via CB10

I don't know why but I just like pressing the "send" button instead of hitting enter on my Z10.

Thanks for the tip. Personally I love the action bar, but as always it's nice to have the option!

Posted from my Z10 via CB10

Same here...I don't have the option in my bbm setting. Is this a 10.2.1 update, or does that not matter since bbm was an independent update? Can someone advise? Thanks.

Posted via CB10

You said it. I was frustrated but didn't think to check the settings to toggle it on or off for some reason.

 We have apks cuz we need 'em not cuz we want 'em 

The action bar is all good buy it eats up my screen real estate so I removed it after a few hours

Posted via CB10

Thx for the help. I've been wanting to remove that action bar.

Sent from the best touch keyboard, the Z.

I absolutely hate the action bar on the Q10, sometimes when I want to click to edit some text somewhere near the "Send" icon, I click it by accident and it sends. I hope it isn't permanent on the Q10 and they change it so Q10 users can toggle it as well.

On the Q10, the option is there but it doesn't do anything. I've tried it a number of times, switching between on and off to no avail. Weird the option is there but doesn't do anything.

I keep accidentally pressing the add contact to conversation. I hate it.

"Though it must be noted that while you can toggle this option on the BlackBerry Q10 and Q5, it doesn't make the action bar disappear. It looks to be a permanent feature on the physical keyboard devices."

From the article above, this is what I'm afraid of- it being a permanent feature on the Q10\Q5... I also keep pressing the add contact too. Extremely annoying.

Also, do you get weird double inputs when you type really quickly?
Like you would send a message like "Hoow are youu?"
And when I press Enter and type a new sentence, the last word from the previous sentence sticks like... I would type
Send it, and type a new sentence really quickly...
"LOLhow is that possible?"

Sorry if I'm bothering you. I'm just wondering since I don't know other people with a Q10.

I believe this may be a software glitch. I had this happen in the past but only after I loaded some leaked OSes. After I wiped and reloaded my OS with the fresh new OS carrier release of OS 10.2.1, this stopped happening.

I actually like it. I am ready running on the larger screen than my 9900. The convenience of it is awesome to me... but glad to know I have the option.

Thank you!

The Most Interesting Device In The World, BBZ10! Keep Moving My Friends!

Oh dear god, make it work on the Q10. I keep hitting the "invite more" button by accident. Please enable this feature and make the toggle do something instead of just teasing us with the option.

I 2nd that comment - the invite more button has been a source of annoyance - and sometimes embarrassment since I got my Q10 - why this feature on the action bar?? it is by far the least-used feature - if I want to do a group chat once in a blue moon I can take the time to go to an overflow menu probably - why isn't there an attachment / location shortcut or pretty much anything else instead. until then I don't want that action bar - it just takes up screen real estate.

Agreed 100%
Emails especially a real pain with me always hitting the attachment. Who needs an instantly available attachment button anyway?!

I don't have this option at all under settings nor the action bar is displayed with the keyboard. I'm on, Z10. The latest BBM.

Posted via CB10 |

Great tip, thanks!

The action bar was really annoying on the SGS3 mini I used for a short while.

Posted via CB10

I think it would be cool if the action bar in BBM hides when u scroll up like it does in the hub for the Q 10/5 twitter needs the feature as well. I mean the Crackberry app does it, SMH!

Punched on the most "Qefficient" device in the universe.

I believe it's a 10.2 thing because I don't see the option after upgrading my BBM to the most current. I'm on Q10SQN100-2/

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

And I've tried that and it doesn't change it? Why is that? I've even shut my Z30 of to see if that changed it. No joy on it?!?

Posted via CB10

And as usual BlackBerry drops the ball where it really counts... the devices with the most need for screen real estate (Q10, Q5) can't remove the bar....

Posted via CB10

I was thinking the same don't know how that was overlooked. Insane if u ask me

Punched on the most "Qefficient" device in the universe.

I'm assuming that a later update will include this to the Q5 and Q10 since I don't even have the toggle on 10.1 or maybe BlackBerry made a mistake.

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

Cannot find this option on my Z10. Have installed latest BBM. Is this only for 10.2? Still on TMO carrier OS and getting more frustrated by the day waiting for T-Mobile 10.2 update... :-(


Not sure it's limited to 10.2.1 users. Check to see if you've got the latest BBM update.

Posted via CB10

It's the first thing I did. I need screen real estate on my z10, those with z30's probably welcome it, so the option is welcomed. Now if only they made the emoticons bigger and let you use a compact mode where it removed (what IMO is)unnecessary space between things including the bar at the bottom. Even if they made it the same size as the android player one, any bit of space will help.

Posted via CB10

First thing I went looking for when upgraded. Thanks BlackBerry for making it optional!

Posted via CB10

Glad you didn't make that comment a bit further up.

Some default settings don't make sense, whether it is a Berry or a Windows PC, and you change it as soon as you can. I personally like the bar, even on the Q.

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

How about you explain why iphone and android users get a better version of BBM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted via CB10

BlackBerry users still have video chat.

Other than that, it's all the same.

Actually BBM is integrated tightly into BlackBerry devices.

No red light, better multi tasking + hub and share options work nicer

Eg if you have a BBM user and you try calling them you can send a busy message to their BBM and not text it.

Posted via CB10

hated this thing since the update never thought to remove it tho, already kills the screen size when its only 4.2 for z10 cant imagine q10 with it.

I downloaded the latest BBM update and I have all the new updates except for the action bar. I also don't have the option to turn it on or off in the settings screen. Is anyone else experiencing the same?

Posted via CB10

I love the action bar on my Z10, I hated having to hide the keyboard to go back.

Posted via CB10

i like the action bar... it was annoying to have to put the keyboard down to go back...soo to each there own i guess...its not in group chat in bbm though..

You never had to hide the keyboard to go back, and you still don't, you can just swipe from left to right above the keyboard to go back a screen. on O2 UK - Activated on BES10.2.1

I own the Q10 and always press the add contact button by accident which is really annoying. I really wish that BlackBerry would make the action bar disappear into the bottom of the screen so that it was out of the way!

Frustrated Q10 user (Telus, Official10.2.1.537)

Nice feature. I hope they will spent now some time to fix the backup and restore issues they have with the chat history. At least a export function to XML would work for now...

Posted via CB10

Thankfully the action bar isn't something I'd use very often unlike the attahchment.

If they made things a little smaller I'd be happy to keep it there.

Great thing about BBM on BlackBerry is the Wipe gestures.

I like the the action bar has multi chat on there but I don't have enough users to care for that right now.

Posted via CB10

Love the action bar. Was annoying to get keyboard to disappear to get to action bar. But having option is great

Posted via CB10

Excellent, removal prevents annoying premature sends as I swipe up on the keyboard and accidentally hit the send key.

Posted via CB10

To the people saying they like the bar because they can go back easier, why don't they just swipe the whole window to the right?


Swiping the whole window to the right doesn't always work right, especially if you have a case.

I want the Action Bar in BBM Group chats.

Posted via CB10

I haven't found a way to turn the lower "send" button into an "enter" or carriage return. To me, that would have made the most sense.

Posted via CB10

I have no problem with the action bar.. one thing I wish they should add in bbm with regards to that action bar, is the option to change the "send" icon in the lower right portion of the keyboard into "enter" icon like what they did with the SMS app..

Posted via CB10

Please help, I'm not able to vid chat on bbm. I'm using the latest bbm and the z10 on tmo.

Posted via CB10

I actually find the action bar very useful. Been considering why I have to hide (two finger swipe down) to go back to the main menu.