Five Tip Friday – BBM for Android and iPhone

Five Tip Friday


It’s almost the weekend, which means it’s time for another Five Tip Friday!

Today’s topic is five BBM tips for Android and iPhone that you’ll want to know about.

Add a custom status message

About to start a gaming session? Maybe you’re going on vacation? Let your BBM contacts know by creating a custom status message.

  1. Open BBM and tap your profile picture in the top-left corner
  2. Tap Status, followed by Add Status Message
  3. Enter a status message, followed by tapping Save

To delete a custom status message, use the Edit option in the top-right corner.

Grid or list? You decide

BBM contacts will appear in a grid layout by default, but you can optionally use a list layout. Here’s how:

  1. Open BBM
  2. Tap BBM-PIN-3Dot followed by Settings
  3. Tap Contacts Layout and select Grid or List

I’m a fan of the list layout; how about you?

Hide the keyboard action bar

The area of your screen used to display BBM chats might be small depending on your device and keyboard. If this is the case, you can optionally turn off the action bar that appears on top of the keyboard to have more space. Follow these steps:

  1. Open BBM
  2. Tap BBM-3Dot followed by Settings
  3. Set the Show Action Bar With Keyboard switch to Off

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To access the options contained on the action bar when it is hidden, tap anywhere within an active chat and the action bar options will appear along the bottom of your screen.

Join or create a BBM group

Plan events, track to-do lists, share pictures, and chat with up to 30 people in one group at the same time. For example, you can make decisions and confirm your plans in the group chat and then create an appointment that everyone in the group can see.

  1. Open BBM and tap Groups
  2. Tap BBM-3Dot and select Create New Group
  3. Set a group image, name and description
  4. Optionally set the Allow Members to Invite Others switch to Yes
  5. Tap Save

After creating a BBM group, make sure you review the Group Settings to optionally select another administrator and control the ability for group members to invite others.

To learn more about BBM groups, check out the Help documentation by tapping BBM-3Dot followed by Help.

Hide particular updates

For those that frequent the Updates screen, you can choose to hide updates from specific contacts so they no longer appear. To do this, switch to the Updates screen by tapping BBM-3Bar in the bottom-left corner, followed by tapping BBM-Update Updates. Within this screen, touch and hold a name and select BBM-HideUpdate Hide Updates from the menu on the right.

To see updates from this contact again, tap BBM-PIN-3Dot followed by Settings and select Edit Blocked Contacts. Within this screen, tap Updates, touch and hold a contact, and select BBM-Trash Remove.

Bonus – Turn off the BBM for Android Connected Icon

Using BBM on an Android device? You can turn off the BBM connected icon so it no longer appears on your home screen status bar.

  1. Open BBM
  2. Tap BBM-3Dot followed by Settings
  3. Set the BBM Connected Icon switch to Off

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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  • carmen eliana reyes perez

    por favor! queremos BBM para android 2.1.. no es posible que dijeron BBM para todos y las personas como yo q tenemos un android no tan avanzado no podamos contar con esa aplicacion… es injusto!

  • Maryam

    Why I can’t donwlod bbm in ipod

  • Maryam

    Why it’s not work (bbm)in Ipod

  • Aris

    My Dp hasn’t changed since i downloaded the bbm for my android

  • Risky Edo Siregar

    Why music status can’t function?

  • M Rofik

    yap im traying this, and im by happy.

  • Mubarak

    How can I create categories?

  • Belva RD

    My Android,Xperia SL, always pending or hard to connect with BBM for long time after I restart my phone
    Please FIX this issue

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  • mosa

    how do you indicate you are listening to music on bbm android


    Thanx bbm

  • parth

    I can’t put my display picture… it crashes the app when I do so

  • lebziro

    I got the bbm for android. it seems like I alreafy have an account. what can I do to change it

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  • Ellie

    How do you sign out of a bbm account?

  • jimmypmf

    I have a samsung galaxy pocket plus and I downloaded the bbm app from my playstore and it was successful. after running the setup and filled my details I was unable to tick the agreement and terms and conditions. since it was invisible. please help am dying to start using BBM. thanks

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  • Vaibhav Parikh

    Very less smilies…. Consuming lots of RAM
    Making device slow
    Update it
    Problem in uploading pics

  • andy

    samsung galaxychat- it can not display music updates

  • andy

    It can not display music updates

  • Adnaan Mansoor

    hi i have a note 2 samsung and my bb app was working fine yesterday …bit today its not working at all…ive loaded data and tried everything but nothing …cant send or recieve msgs..pls help

  • Sana khan

    Hi , I can’t get in to my bbm it saying temporary server error can you please fix the problum it’s been 24 hours

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