Three ways to personalize BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)

Tips & Tricks

Whether it’s changing how conversations are displayed or how your contact list appears, here are a few tips you can take advantage of when it comes to changing how BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) appears on your BlackBerry® smartphone.

Customizing the BBM Chat Style

By default, BBM will display your conversations using Bubbles, but you have the option of using a Stripe-based layout or one without Borders instead.

To change your BBM Chat Style, complete the following steps:

1. Open BBM, press the Menu key and select “Options”
2. Next to “Chat Style”, select your desired option from the following list:

  • No Borders
  • Bubbles
  • Stripes

3. When finished, press the Escape key and save your changes.

 

Sorting Chats and selecting a Contact List Style

Now that you’ve customized how conversations appear, here are two more settings that you can use to customize how your contact list appears.

Change how chats are sorted

1. Open BBM, press the Menu key and select “Options”
2. Next to “Sort Chats By”, select one of the following options:

  • Most Recent
  • Alphabet

3. When finished, press the Escape key and save your changes.

Customize the Contact List Style

Whenever you open BBM, you’ll notice the “Recent Updates” option along the top that when accessed shows recent status changes from your contacts — new pictures, status messages and more.

If you like viewing this menu, you should consider using the “2 lines” Contact List Style so you can view your contacts’ most recent status whenever you are looking at your BBM contacts list, in addition to using the “Recent Updates” option.

1. Open BBM, press the Menu key and select “Options”
2. Next to “Contact List Style”, select either “1 Line” or “2 Lines”
3. When finished, press the Escape key and save your changes.

Personalize Chat Bubble Colors

To close off this list of tips, take advantage of the Bubble Colors setting that allows you to specify what color conversations appear in on a per-contact basis.

To assign a Bubble Color, complete the following steps.

1. Open BBM and highlight a contact or BBM group
2. Press the Menu key and select “View Contact Profile”
3. Set the “Bubble Color” setting to your desired color
4. When finished, press the Escape key and save your changes.

 

To remove any Bubble Colors you’ve previously specified, complete the following steps.

1. Open BBM, press the Menu key and select “Options”
2. Next to Bubble Colors, select “Reset”.

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