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Five Tip Friday – BBM Tips and Tricks


Happy Friday! To kick off the weekend here are some popular BBM Tips and Tricks that you may want to take advantage of!

Retract messages using BBM for BlackBerry 10, Android iPhone

Did you now that you can now retract messages sent using BBM? This feature can help prevent some awkward conversations like sending ‘Love you sweetie pie’ to a coworker or friend instead of your significant other!

Retracting a message is really easy, too. Just tap and hold the message you’d like to retract and you’ll see a FTF_BBM_RetractFTF_BBM_Retract Retract Message option appear along the right.

FTF_BBM_WidgetFTF_BBM_WidgetBBM for Android Widget

Whenever I meet up with a friend who uses BBM for Android I always ask if they have tried out the BBM widget because it’s a really fast way to access your BBM conversations. To try it out, look for the BBM chat widget in the Apps page under the Widgets tab. You can also resize the BBM widget by tapping and holding it on your home screen followed by adjusting the size using the resize bars ☺

Enable Chat History

By default, using the End Chat option will close a chat and delete the conversation history. You can turn on the Save Chat History feature if you want to save the content of your BBM chat. Doing so will allow you to view your previously sent and received messages with a BBM contact, even after you have ended a chat with them.

Using BlackBerry 10

  1. Open BBM and swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings and toggle the Save Chat History switch

Using BBM for Android, iPhone

  1. Open BBM and tapFTF_103_Browser_3dotFTF_103_Browser_3dot followed by Settings
  2. Set the Save Chat History switch to On

Using BBM for Windows Phone

  1. Open BBM and tap FTF_BBM_Windows3DotFTF_BBM_Windows3Dot in the bottom right corner
  2. Tap settings and followed by chats
  3. Set Save chat history to On

Tip: To learn more check out our post on how to save precious memories using BBM Chat History!

Note: Chat history is only saved locally and does not allow you to recover your chat history if you reinstall BBM or move BBM to a new device.

Contact List or Contact Grid, you decide!

When you sign into BBM you’ll notice that your contacts are displayed in a listing, but you can have your contacts shown in a grid layout, instead.

Using the listing option makes it easy to see a contact’s status message, but if you would rather have a bigger view of their display picture, consider using the grid option.

To find which view you prefer most, complete the following steps.

Using BlackBerry 10

  1. Open BBM and swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap FTF_103_Browser_SettingsFTF_103_Browser_Settings Settings and within Contacts Layout, select Grid or List

Using BBM for Android, iPhone

  1. Open BBM and tap FTF_103_Browser_3dotFTF_103_Browser_3dot in the bottom right corner
  2. Tap Settings and within Contacts Layout, select Grid or List

Using BBM for Windows Phone

1. Open BBM and switch to the contacts view
2. Tap FTF_BBM_Windows3DotFTF_BBM_Windows3Dotin the bottom right corner followed by list / grid

Hide the Timed Messages icon

With the introduction of Timed Messages for those using BBM on BlackBerry 10, Android or iPhone, a new icon was added to the chat screen that allows you send a Timed Message.

Tip: Check out Get the new BBM for Privacy, Control and Much, Much More on Inside BlackBerry to learn more about Timed Messages!

If you don’t use the Timed Messages feature, you can optionally hide the Timed Messages icon.

Using BlackBerry 10

  1. Open BBM and swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap FTF_103_Browser_SettingsFTF_103_Browser_Settings Settings and toggle the Timed Messages switch

Using BBM for Android or iPhone

  1. Open BBM and tap FTF_103_Browser_3dotFTF_103_Browser_3dot in the bottom right corner
  2. TapFTF_103_Browser_SettingsFTF_103_Browser_Settings Settings and toggle the Timed Messages switch

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RIMarkable Video Podcast Episode #1: A BlackBerry Meeting



RIMarkable Video Podcast #1 is uploaded and ready for you to view.

This is our 1st video podcast using BBM Meetings. We talk about the new BBM Meetings application, the challenge of  getting people to download and install BBM and Philo’s 10-Day Detox  . Enjoy!




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Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10.3 Browser Tips


Get the most out of your browsing experience using these five handy tips within the BlackBerry 10 Browser!

Enjoy distraction free reading

The next time you are reading an article try the reader option for a distraction free read. Simply put, this option allows you focus on the article you’d like to read by removing distracting clutter such as ads. Reader mode also offers the ability to increase or decrease the text size as well as an option to invert colors, convenient when reading articles at night.

To try this out you have two options. The first is pressing R on the keyboard; the second is using the menu option. To access the menu option, while viewing an article tap FTF_103_Browser_3dotFTF_103_Browser_3dot followed by Reader.


Quickly view your browsing history

The next time you need to go back to a webpage you were just viewing, or access your full browser history, just tap and hold on the Back arrow to the left of the address bar. Doing so will show you a few of your recently viewed pages and if you scroll down the list, the option view your complete browsing history appears.


Add a website to your Home screen

If you want fast access to some of your favorite websites on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone, you should consider adding them to your home screen. I use this myself whenever I have a package on the way so I can quickly access the tracking website.

To do this, open the Browser, go to a website, tap FTF_103_Browser_3dotFTF_103_Browser_3dot followed by tapping Add to Home Screen.


Access desktop versions of websites when needed

Depending on which websites you are visiting you may want to enable Desktop Mode so your browser loads the desktop version of a website instead of the mobile version. Be mindful of this setting though, because until you turn it off every website you visit will display the desktop version.

  1. Open the Browser
  2. Tap FTF_103_Browser_3dotFTF_103_Browser_3dot in the bottom right corner
  3. Tap FTF_103_Browser_SettingsFTF_103_Browser_Settings Settings followed by Developer Tools
  4. Set the Desktop Mode switch to On

Customize the Browser start screen

You can change what you see when your first open the BlackBerry Browser. You can set a specific home page, show thumbnails of the webpages that you visited recently or frequently access, or open webpages that you had opened the last time you used the Browser.

  1. In the Browser, tap FTF_103_Browser_3dotFTF_103_Browser_3dot  FTF_103_Browser_SettingsFTF_103_Browser_Settings Settings Display and Actions
  2. Tap the On Startup Show drop-down list
    • To set a specific home page, tap My Home Page and type a web address, or use the Current Page option.
    • To show thumbnails of the webpages that you visited recently or frequently access, tap New Tab Page
    • To open the webpages from your previous Browser session, tap My Tabs From Last Time


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BlackBerry BES 12 Event Live Today at 9AM PST



BlackBerry will be hosting its BES 12 event live from San Francisco today starting at 9AM PST.

With the upcoming release of its BES12 software and services, BlackBerry looks to solidify the enterprise market by providing a complete end to end secure cross platform management.

This new version of BES 12 will allow IT managers to handle not only all BlackBerry OS’s but will also allow the management of iOS and Android devices as well.


You can watch the stream live here at and see what BlackBerry has to offer with BES12.

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Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry Hub Tips


Happy Friday! Today’s topic, five BlackBerry Hub tips that can help you be more productive!

Switch messages using a gesture

One my favorite BlackBerry Hub shortcuts is the ability to switch between my next, and previous messages using a gesture so I can quickly parse my messages using one hand.

To try this out on your device, open a message and make an inverted L gesture up, or down to go your next, or previous message.


Keyboard shortcuts

If you’ve used a BlackBerry device in the past you most likely are familiar with some of these keyboard shortcuts but in case you need a refresher, here they are!

Pinch to view unread messages

Introduced in BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2, Priority Hub is a great way to view messages from specific contacts, messages marked as high-priority, messages from conversations you started, or contacts with the same last name. To learn more about the Priority Hub and how you can customize open the Help app on your device, or review the user guide found at

If you don’t use this feature though you can turn it off which results in the ability to quick view your unread messages only using a pinch gesture.To try this out, complete the following steps.

  1. Switch to the BlackBerry Hub
  2. Tap BB10_ftf_hub_3dotBB10_ftf_hub_3dot the in the bottom right corner
  3. Tap BB10_ftf_hub_settingsBB10_ftf_hub_settings Settings Priority Hub
  4. Turn Priority Hub off

After completing these steps, go back to your message list and perform a pinch gesture to quickly view your unread messages only. To go back to your complete message list, slide your fingers apart like you are zooming out.

Single messages or conversations? You decide!

Every time I set up a new device or offer tips to a friend this item is one of the first I mention because I find it helps to see the entire conversation and avoid missing a response sent earlier.

  1. In the BlackBerry hub, tap BB10_ftf_hub_3dotBB10_ftf_hub_3dot
  2. Tap BB10_ftf_hub_settingsBB10_ftf_hub_settings Settings Display and Actions
  3. In the Display Style drop-down list, tap Conversation

Color code your accounts

If you haven’t already, color code your various accounts to get a quick and easy way to identify which service a message arrived on.

  1. Tap BB10_ftf_hub_3dotBB10_ftf_hub_3dot in the BlackBerry Hub, followed by BB10_ftf_hub_settingsBB10_ftf_hub_settings Settings
  2. Select Hub Management, and then tap an account
  3. Tap a color in the Account Color drop-down list
  4. Tap BB10_ftf_hub_backBB10_ftf_hub_back Back to save your change
  5. Repeat as needed for your other accounts


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