BlackBerry Messenger Groups: Share pictures, lists and chat with several friends at once

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One of best features available in BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) is Groups, as it’s a great way to stay organized and in touch. Using Groups, you can chat, share pictures and lists, create appointments and much more with family, friends, or co-workers. (Also, to get an idea of how you can use Groups, check out Alex’s post on Starting a BlackBerry Messenger Group to see how he uses it stay on top of everything!)

Let’s take a look at how to set up and manage a BlackBerry Messenger Group. To learn additional important things such as how to administer your group, check out the BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 User Guide.

Create a group

When you create a group, you automatically become the group administrator. As an administrator, you can delete pictures and appointments for all members in a group. Administrators of a group can also control membership of the group, set or change the administrator password, and delete the group. (Depending on your wireless service provider or organization, you might not be able to use the BBM Groups feature.)

1. On the contact list screen, press the Menu key and select New Group. You can also scroll down, expand BBM Groups and select New BBM Group.

BBM Groups

2. Type a name for the Group.
3. Type a description that people will see when they receive the invitation to the Group.
4. Change the Group Icon field.
5. To prevent members from inviting other people to the group, change the Allow Non-admin Members To Invite Others field to “No”.
6. Click “Create Group”.

BBM Groups

Note: Each group can have up to 30 members, and you can be in a Group with people who aren’t part of your BBM contact list.

Add a group to your home screen

When you add a shortcut icon for a Group to the home screen of your BlackBerry smartphone, you can access the Group quickly without first opening BlackBerry Messenger.

1. On the contact list screen, in the BBM Groups category, highlight a Group.
2. Press the Menu key and select ”Show on Home Screen”.

BBM Groups

Invite members and share the Group barcode

When you invite a BlackBerry Messenger contact to join a group, the contact must accept your invitation before the contact is added to the group.

1. In a Group, select “Members” followed by “Invite to BBM Group”
2. Choose “Select from BBM contacts”.
3. If necessary, change the Category field.
4. Select the checkbox beside the Contact.
5. Click “Send”.

When you display the barcode for a Group on your BlackBerry smartphone, other people can scan the barcode to join the Group. You can also save a copy of the Group Barcode and post it on your website, email it to friends or add it to a poster.

1. On the Contact List screen, in the BBM Groups category, select a Group.
2. Press the Menu key and select “View Group Details” followed by “Display Group Barcode”.
3. To save the Group Barcode, press the Menu key and select “Save Barcode Image”.

Change Group options

1. On the Contact List screen, in the BBM Groups category, select a Group.
2. Press the Menu key and select “View Group Details”.

  • To change the Group icon, change the Group Icon field.
  • To share or stop sharing your status with members, change the Share My Status Message field.
  • To turn on Group Chat History, change the Save Chat History field to Device or Media Card.
  • To save Group pictures, change the Save Pictures field to Media Card or Device.
  • To prevent Group activities from appearing in the Messages application, beside the Message List Integration field, click “Settings”. Select an option. Click “OK”.
  • To stop receiving notifications for Group activities, change the Turn Off All Notifications For This Group field to “Yes”.

3. If you are an administrator of the Group, do any of the following:

  • To change the Group description, type a new description.
  • To prevent members from inviting other people to the Group, change the Allow Non-admin Members To Invite Others field to “No”.
  • To change the password that a member can type to become an administrator of the Group, click “Set” or “Change”.

4. Press the Menu key and select “Save”.

Got a question about BBM Groups? Leave a comment and let us know!

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