Five Tip Friday – BBM for Android and iPhone Part 2

Five Tip Friday

The weekend is almost here, which means it’s time for another Five Tip Friday! Today’s topic: five more BBM for Android and iPhone tips!

In case you missed it, check out last week’s post for more BBM for Android and iPhone tips.

Android – Add and resize the BBM Widget

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A new feature of BBM on Android is the BBM chat widget, which allows you to stay engaged in chats without having to open BBM. To use it, look for the BBM chat widget in the Apps page under the Widgets tab. You can resize the widget by tapping and holding it on your home screen and then adjusting the size with the resize bars.


Finding friends using BBM

A great way to find friends to chat with on BBM is to browse and log in to your social networking accounts such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

After logging in to your various accounts, you can quickly identify which of your friends are using BBM by looking for a PIN below their picture. To connect with someone who has listed their pin, open BBM on your device and use the Invite by PIN option.

If you don’t see a PIN for a contact that you’d like to invite to BBM, click on their name and enter your PIN to send them an invitation encouraging them to download BBM. Even if you don’t see anyone you would like to invite, make sure that you add your PIN so others can find and connect with you.

Note: To find your PIN, open BBM and tap on your display name or picture.

Enable Chat History

By default, using the End Chat option will close a chat and delete the conversation history. You can turn on the Save Chat History feature if you want to save the contents of your BBM chat. Doing so will allow you to view your previously sent and received messages with a BBM contact, even after you have ended a chat with them.

  1. Open BBM and tap BBM-PIN-3Dot followed by Settings
  2. Set the Save Chat History switch to On

Personalize your BBM invitations

I don’t know about you, but I’ve received quite a few invitations since BBM for Android and iPhone has launched. A small thing that I’ve noticed goes a long way is a personalized BBM invitation. Whether it’s adding a small note or introducing yourself, adding more substance to your BBM invitations is a great way to make sure the recipient doesn’t overlook your invitation.


Sharing your PIN & Barcode

Unlike other instant messaging apps, which use your phone number or email address as your identifier, BBM uses a PIN (personal identification number) so that you are always in control of who can contact you. This means you can share your PIN while maintaining your privacy. Best of all, unless you accept an invitation from someone, they are not able to send you messages, or view your BBM profile details. To view your PIN so that you can share it with others, open BBM and tap on your BBM picture or name along the top. You can view your PIN in this screen and use the Copy PIN option to share it quickly with others.

You’ll also notice one of my favorite options, which is Show Barcode. Simply put, your barcode is generated based on your PIN and allows other BBM users to scan it and send you an invitation to chat. To save an image of your barcode, tap Show Barcode and take a screenshot of your device. You can crop this image using your favorite photo editing app and then put this barcode wherever you want! For example, I added mine to my Facebook page so my friends can quickly scan it using their device and connect with me over BBM.

Got a question, comment or want to share a great BBM story? Post a comment and let us know!

About Ty Williams

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  • Amillah Agus

    Why my avatar never change at the other people BBM contact ( do not update) although I always change my avatar daily.

  • Jesser Fernández

    Para poder cambiar mi foto de perfil debo reiniciar mi cel cada vez q lo quiero hacer… tengo samsung s3 con android 4.1.2

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  • Fabio Schiavini

    When trying the sharing option via social identification, it doesn’t show friend’s pin, it doesn’t work, I am sure cause I do not see the pin of friends I am already connected to

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    Why do smtimes my phone loose the black berry internet services pls advice on wat to do thnks

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    I agree

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      Thanks so much

  • ralph_waldo

    Hi blackberry team
    Can you guys make update for bbm for android for categozie contact, send music,send vidio ,send file,vidio call ,etc just like in the blackberry

    Please make another update ,thanks

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  • Jordan

    I want to no how to put a single contact in your home screen for the iPhone 5c as you can do on blackberry’s

  • alfatika dewi

    why BBM on my android Samsung Galaxy Young GT S6310 cannot ring? i have set the notification ON but every I got a message on BBM , my phone dont ring. help me….

  • Kyle Leon

    Havering bbm on my iPhone is wonderfull, but still waiting for video msging and the big one, to customize our ringtone instead of standard app ring. Please please patch that!

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  • Abdullahi Usman

    Hello BBM,
    Please is BBM coming for android 2.1 ,2.2 ,2.3 and 3.0 ? if “YES” as we are hoping , when?

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    Hi jen,it’s Ty from Blackberry,we met at the conference earlier today.

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