(3 stars)



100,000,000 - 500,000,000 downloads

  • Manage who can contact you
  • Talk and send files, create group messages
  • High usability
  • Some problems with activation
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"Give me your PIN!"

Reviewed by / Oct 22, 2013

Talk only to those who you want to contact, discover the new BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iOS

Here it is! The official BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is now available for Android and iOs as well. However, if you're downloading it right now, there's a wait list given the large amount of success, so you might need to wait a while in order to use it.

BBM was very popular on BlackBerry phones because it allowed communication between their users in a very easy and comfortable way. But then, smartphones spread and What'sApp became the most successful instant message application, as it could be downloaded in all three main platforms.

BBM allows you, of course, to stay connected with your friends and to see if your messages have been delivered and read. You can also create group chats, share pictures, documents and voice files, there are no limitations.

While the functioning is the same (it uses PINs instead of phone numbers so it's more private), design has been enhanced and now it's much more usable.

BlackBerry Limited is the developer of BBM, which has just arrived to Android and iOS. Apparently, there have been some problems regarding the mail activation and we hope everything's fixed soon.

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Developer's original description available here
BBM brings you together in the moment with friends and family through instant chats, voice calls, picture sharing, voice notes and more. Download the official version of BBM from BlackBerry now.

Chat with friends on Android, BlackBerry and iPhone:

• BBM is always on and always connected – no app to open
• Know when messages have been delivered (D’s) and read (R’s)
• Say ‘hello’ with BBM Voice – free voice calling between BBM Contacts*
• Quickly share photos, files, documents, voice notes and more
• Allow contacts to view your location live on a map, powered by Glympse*
• See when contacts are responding to your message
• Emoticons for every mood and emotion let you express yourself

With BBM, what you share is yours to control:

• Timed Messages:  Set how long contacts have access to messages and pictures shared in a chat before it disappears from the screen.**
• Message Retraction: ‘Retract’ a message to remove it from your BBM chat.*
• You choose how to share your information - BBM uses PINs instead of phone numbers or email addresses so that it's more private, and you always control who can contact you
• You choose your contacts – 2-way opt-in means you have control over who is able to message you

Chat and Share with many at once:
• Groups – BBM groups help you share pictures, lists, and appointments with group members. You can even be in a group with people who aren't part of your own BBM contact list.
• Multi-person chats – Invite multiple contacts to have a chat together.
• Broadcast messages – Send a message to multiple BBM contacts at one time.

BBM Channels: Join conversations happening now about the things you love.
• Create a new channel to share your thoughts, ideas and passions. 
• Subscribe to an existing BBM channel to join chats with others who share your interests.

Create your own BBM profile:
• Post a profile picture using images, pictures or even animated pictures (GIFs).
• Update your status to let people know what you’re up to or how you feel

Download BBM for free today.

Data charges may apply

While these features are designed to remove the message or picture the recipient’s BBM chat view, they do not prevent recipients from capturing an image of the content by taking a screenshot or using an image capture device.  Retracting a message after it has been read by the recipient will remove the message from the BBM chat view, but will not affect copies of the message that the recipient may have made prior to the message being retracted.

*Note features not available on Android smartphones running 2.3.x (Gingerbread)


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Recently changed in this version

- Start chatting with your address book contacts that are already using BBM - No invite required!
- We’ve bundled timed pictures, timed messages and retracted messages into a new BBM Subscription.
- Broadcast messages can now be sent to specific categories.
- Improved Voice Chat experience.
- Full screen viewing of BBM Group Pictures.
- You now have the option to block receiving messages from a multi-person chat.

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Changelog and permissions

PermissionsChangelogPackage com.bbm
  • - Know where you approximately are.
  • - Know exactly where you are. It uses GPS.
  • - Know what access (wifi, 3G…) you have at every moment.
  • - Access information about Wi-Fi networks.
  • - Act as an AccountAuthenticator.
  • - Use Bluetooth to connect to a paired device.
  • - Broadcast sticky intents, thus allowing quick data retrieval held by the system.
  • - Be able to access the camera device.
  • - Have access to the list of accounts linked to your device.
  • - Send and receive internet info.
  • - Manage the list of accounts linked to your device.
  • - Modify audio settings.
  • - Perform I/O operations over NFC (Near Field Communication).
  • - Read your calendar data.
  • - Read your contact data.
  • - android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
  • - Read the system log files. Usually used to collect crash and force close reports.
  • - Read phone state. Used to know whether you're in a call or not.
  • - Know if the system has finished booting.
  • - Record audio.
  • - Send SMS.
  • - Set a picture as a wallpaper.
  • - Use the vibrator.
  • - Prevent your device from sleeping or screen from dimming (turn brightness down).
  • - Write, but not read unless allowed by another permission, your calendar data.
  • - Write, but not read unless allowed by another permission, your contacts data.
  • - Write whatever to your SD card.
  • - Sell digital goods through in-app purchase.
  • - com.bbm.permission.C2D_MESSAGE
  • - com.bbm.permission.MEETING_API_ACCESS
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Comments and ratings for BBM
  • (0)

    by sspanderson on 22/10/2013

    After 2 days! still waiting for an email from blackberry phewz!
    Guys do check out my new android based blog
    Thank you! Comments will be appreciated

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    by saba idres on 25/03/2015

    كيف اسوي مكالمة جماعية؟

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    by Yusron Bastian on 25/03/2015

    Many Bug on My Devices.. Please FIX IT

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    by puji pangestu on 25/03/2015

    Bbm icon di sttatus bar tidak muncul jaddi notifikasi pemberitahuan chat bbm tidak masuk

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    by Mahesh Anilkumar on 25/03/2015

    It's good

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    by Bukola Omoniyi on 25/03/2015

    It's an OK app

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    by Morrin Kwok on 25/03/2015

    My profile pic showed no display picture after the last updated. Please fix the issue..