Start a BBM chat

Use BBM to chat in real-time with your BlackBerry contacts and know when someone has read your message. Share pictures, voice notes, your location, or other files.

Unlike text messaging, where you might pay for each text message regardless of how brief the message might be, BBM uses your data plan so that you can can express yourself in as many, or as few, messages as you want.

  1. Tap Contacts.
  2. Tap a contact.
  3. Type your message or select an emoticon.
  4. Press the Send key.
After you finish:
Tip: Have something that you want to share with multiple contacts? Send a broadcast message or start a multiperson chat to let your contacts know your news at the same time.

Send a file or ping someone

You can send different types of files to BBM contacts, including pictures, voice notes, your location, events, etc. When you ping someone in BBM, the other person's BlackBerry device makes a sound (unless it's set to Silent) and the person sees the word PING in red.
Do one of the following:
  • To attach a file, tap The Attach icon.
  • To ping the contact, tap The More actions icon > The Ping icon.
After you finish:
Tip: When you receive a picture in BBM, it is a scaled-down version. You can touch and hold the image and tap The Request Higher Quality icon to request a better quality image that you can print.

Peek at your chats

While in a chat, you can quickly peek at your other chats.

Slide your finger right.

Send a broadcast message

  1. Tap More actions > Send Broadcast Message.
  2. Type in the field, or tap Select Contacts to select a few contacts from your address book and tap Done.
  3. Type your message.
  4. Tap Send.

Invite others to a chat

  1. In your chat, tap Invite More.
  2. Select some contacts.
  3. Tap Done.
After you finish:
Tip: To start a new chat with multiple people from your BBM contact list, touch and hold a name. Tap Select More and a few more names. Tap Start Multiperson Chat.

View your chat history

By default, you can view messages that you sent and received in your active chats. You can also change your BBM options so that you can view your chat history with a contact after the chat has ended.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap The Settings icon.
  3. Set the Save Chat History switch to On.

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