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.

  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. Tap The Smile icon. Do any of the following:
    • To add an emoticon, tap The Add Emoticon icon. Scroll down.
    • To add a sticker, tap The Add Sticker icon. Scroll down or to the right.
    • To buy stickers, tap The Shop icon.
After you finish:
Tip: Have something that you want to share with multiple contacts? You can start a multiperson chat or send a broadcast message to let your contacts know your news at the same time.

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 an appointment or 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.

View or change a Glympse

In a BBM chat, you can view shared locations with Glympse.

  1. Tap The View Glympse icon.
  2. To change how long you want your location to be available for, tap The Modify Glympse icon.

Ping someone

When you ping someone in BBM, the other person's device makes a sound (unless it's set to Silent) and the person sees the word PING in red.
Tap The More actions icon > The Ping icon.

Peek at your other chats

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

Slide your finger from left to right.

Invite others to a chat

  1. In your chat, tap The Invite More icon.
  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 The Select More icon and a few more names. Tap The Start Multiperson Chat icon.

Send a broadcast message

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


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