Five Tip Friday – More BBM for Android and iPhone tips!

Five Tip Friday

In case you missed it, check out Part 1 and Part 2 to get even more BBM for Android and iPhone tips!

Share your PIN Barcode

Introduced in yesterday’s update to BBM for Android and iPhone, the new Share PIN option makes sharing your PIN Barcode even easier. You can use this option to quickly share your PIN Barcode across your social networks.

Note: This feature is available as of yesterday’s BBM update. For more details, check out yesterdays post, BBM for Android and iPhone updates now available.

To share your PIN Barcode, complete the following steps:

  1. Open BBM and tap BBM-PIN-3Dot followed by Share PIN
  2. Select your desired sharing method from the list that is displayed

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Adding contacts using NFC

If your device has NFC, you can tap your device with another NFC-enabled device to quickly add someone to your BBM contact list.

Provided at least one person has BBM open and both devices have NFC turned on, simply bump the back of the devices together.

Note: Depending on your device, you may need to select BBM after tapping devices to send an invitation. 

Using an iPhone? Get notifications using Banners or Alerts

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When you first open BBM on your iPhone, you will be asked if BBM is allowed to send you push notifications, as per the screenshot above. If you tap Don’t Allow, you will miss out on getting notifications whenever someone contacts you. The following screenshots show the difference between using the Alert and Banner notifications. Regardless of which option you selected, here’s a quick tip on how to customize your notifications.

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  1. On your iPhone, tap Settings, followed by Notification Center
  2. Scroll down and select BBM 
  3. To enable alerts as per the screenshots above, select Banner or Alerts
  4. To enable sound notifications, turn on Sounds
  5. To show alerts on your lock screen, turn on Show on Lock Screen

For more details on customizing your BBM settings make sure you check out KB35264.

Swipe left to right to go back

Without a doubt one of my favorite gestures is sliding my finger left to right across a chat to go back a screen. I’ll use this gesture to quickly leave a conversation and switch to another chat. For those using BBM on an Android device, this gesture and the BBM widget make a great combination.

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iPhone Emoji’s

For those using BBM on an iPhone, you can use Emoji’s provided by your device’s operating system on top of the built-in emoticons. To try this out on your iPhone, complete the following steps.

  1. On your iPhone, tap Settings, followed by General
  2. Select Keyboard, followed by Keyboards 
  3. Select Add New Keyboard…
  4. Select Emoji 

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Note: Depending on which device the recipient is using, Emoji’s may not appear on their device. 

If you have two enabled keyboards after completing these steps, simply tap on the globe key to switch between them. If you have more than two enabled keyboards, tap and hold the globe key to select the desired keyboard from a list.

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

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    Thank you for the updates i know you would like to improve BBM so here is a couple of notes i have;-
    1- The displayed picture i love high quality so when ever i out a picture as my dp i always pick the best quality but BBM makes it into very bad quality!! Which is very annoying specially if you have text on the picture
    2- The ping, i used to have a Blackberry and we had in the setting a part where we could put ping on vibrate or silent which was great because sometimes u want to put your phone on silent but you still want people to ping u and it vibrates please bring it to the next bbm update

    This are my only 2 notes hope you think about them and Thank you
    P.S sorry for my English

  • makinde

    my bbm on my tecno phantom stopped working and when I deleted it and downloaded it again it shows Unable to Complete Setup. what must I do?

  • Nigel

    Thanks for the tips! Love you BlackBerry® for listening to our requests and bringing BBM for iPod Touch and iPad:)

    ❤️

  • Steve

    Will you have an update where you can change the bbm tone alert? Right now we don’t have that option.

    It makes it difficult when the alert goes off and all my friends in the room have the same alert. Thanks!
    Gald you went cross platform!! Best messaging app ever!

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    1. There should be a way to disable message previews on the home and lock screen of the iphone. Anyone who has my phone can read incoming messages just be looking at my home/lock screen without even opening the app and I can’t disable that.

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