“So you’re using an Android device and want to
chat with your BBM friends? No problem!
BlackBerry Messenger is now available for not only
BlackBerry users but Android and iOS as well. BBM
is totally free to use and is a great way to stay in
touch with your friends without the worry of text
messaging or other bulky messaging apps.
Getting up and running with BBM on your Android
device is easy, but if you’re having trouble we’re
here to help. Keep reading for a full walkthrough of
using BBM on your Android device.
*Please note that during the initial rollout not all
users will be able to access BBM immediately and
may have to sign up to be notified when access is
First things first – you’ll need an Android device to
Head to the Google Play Store and download BBM
(free) to your device here.
Once installed, tap on the icon to start the BBM
If you’re already a BBM user and want to use your
current BBID, enter your login details on the
screen. If you’re new to BBM or want to use
a different BBID, you can register here as well.
Tap the overflow icon (3 dots)
Tap Invite to BBM
Choose the method by which to invite a contact
Enter any info as needed.
When the contact accepts your request they will
be added to your contact list
To start a new chat, tap the BBM icon in the top
right corner (the one with the + sign)
Search for or choose a contact from the list
Tap the contact, enter your message and choose
To start a multiperson chat with more than one
contact, tap the overflow icon (3 dots) then tap
Start Multiperson Chat
Enter the contacts to which you want to send your
Enter you message and tap Send
To access the settings menu, tap the overflow
icon (3 dots) then choose Settings
Here you can change things such as notification
tone, contact list layout, update options, chat
history and more
To send a broadcast message to all of your
contacts, tap the overflow icon (3 dots) then
choose Broadcast Message. Enter your message
and tap Send.
To quickly view your contacts list, tap the
To quickly view groups tap the Groups icon
The BBM service will stay running in the background
of your device. You’ll see a small BBM icon in your
notification bar so you know that the service is
active and ready to send or receive messages.
For more help and discussion be sure to hit up CrackBerry’s
BBM for Android forum.”
That’s right BBM fans — the iconic mobile
social network will begin rolling out for Android
and iPhone customers around the world from
September 21. Soon, you’ll be able to easily
connect with friends on different platforms. As
you may know BBM was previously exclusive
to BlackBerry smartphones, and it will be
available as a free download in Google Play
and the App Store.
For those asking “what is bbm?” and “why do I need it?” you’ll find all the highlights of BBM for Android and iPhone which features:
BBM Chat – Enjoy real, immediate
conversations with friends on Android,
iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Not
only does BBM let you know that your
message has been delivered and read, it
also shows you that your friend is
responding to the message.
More than chat – With BBM you can share files
on your phone such as photos and voice notes,
all in an instant.
Keep your group in the loop – Multi-
person chats are a great way to invite
contacts to chat together. BBM Groups
lets you invite up to 30 friends to chat
together, and go a step further than
multi-chat by sharing photos and
schedules. And, with Broadcast Message,
you can send a message out to all your
BBM contacts at once.
Post Updates and stay in the know –
BBM lets you post a personal message,
profile picture and your current status,
and lets your contacts know instantly in
Your unique PIN – Every BBM user has a
unique PIN that maintains your privacy,
so you don’t have to give out your phone
number or email address to a new or
Source: 360nobs.com and blogs.blackberry.com/2013/09/bbm-for-android-iphone/
Whether you want it or not, Blackberry
Messenger will soon arrive to the Android
platform. If you are eagerly awaiting its
release, be careful, as scammers seem to be
lurking in the shadow just waiting to fool you
into downloading their fake apps.
Just a few months ago, an app claiming to be
an official BBM application arrived to the Play
Store scamming quite a few folks before it was
finally pulled. Now BBM App by BBM Android
has shown up in the Play Store, and looks to be
the same (or a similar) app.
Bottom-line, this isn’t an official Blackberry
app or even a working alternative. It should
be avoided, simple as that.
What’s really interesting here is right in the
description it says, “Due to Blackberry pulling
this app, I have created an app to get the real
app.” So right in the description we learn this
is an app designed to download another app.
That right there should be enough to make you
run clear in the other direction. If that’s not
enough to deter you, the the app already has
over fifty 1-star ratings and costs $1.50.
Most of the user complaints say the app never
makes it past a white screen or says it will
download the “real” app, but this process
seems to fail or the app doesn’t do anything at
all. Bottom-line, this isn’t an official Blackberry
app or even a working alternative. It should be
avoided, simple as that.
When the official BBM app does arrive, we’ll be
sure to let you know!