Start a BBM chat

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

When you ping someone in BBM, the other person's device makes a sound (unless it's set to Silent).

  1. Tap The Chats icon > The Start Chat icon.
  2. Tap a contact. If you can't find particular contacts, they might be pending contacts or might have recently changed their name.
  3. Type your message.
  4. To add an emoticon, tap The Smile icon. Scroll up or down.
After you finish:

To ping someone, tap The More actions icon > The Ping icon.

Send pictures, your location, and files

  1. Tap The Attach icon.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To take a picture, tap The Camera icon.
    • To record and send a voice note, tap The Voice Note icon.
    • To send a Glympse so the BBM contact can follow your location on a map until a specified time, tap The Send a Glympse icon. Touch the circle and slide your finger to adjust the duration from 5 minutes up to 4 hours.
    • To attach a file, such as a file saved in Dropbox, tap The Attach Files icon.
After you finish:

You can suggest one of your BBM contacts to someone by tapping The More actions icon > The Suggest a Contact icon.

Tip: If you receive a picture, you can touch and hold the image and tap The Request Higher Quality icon to request a better quality image that you can save.

Chat with more people

Have something that you want to share with multiple BBM contacts? You can start a multiperson chat or send a broadcast message to let people know your news at the same time.
  1. Tap The More actions icon.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To start a new chat with multiple contacts, tap The Start Multiperson Chat icon.
    • To send the same message to multiple contacts, tap The Send Broadcast Message icon.
After you finish:

In an existing chat, you can also invite more contacts to the conversation by tapping The Invite More icon.

View your chat history

You can scroll up in an active chat to view messages that you sent and received. If you want to be able to view your chat history after you end a chat, you can change your BBM options.

  1. Tap The More actions icon > The Settings icon.
  2. Set the Save Chat History switch to On.

Tutorial: Starting a BBM chat

This tutorial provides you with the opportunity to see and then practice starting a BBM chat.
Note: This tutorial is available in English only.

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