We’re happy to announce that the latest versions of BBM Messenger are now available in Google Play and the App Store. Update today to get customisable chat background colors, free custom PIN, options for auto-download when saving photos and videos, improvements to voice messages, new Featured tab in the Sticker Shop as well as more Discover services!
Customise your Chat Background
We continue to refine the look and feel of our chat interface to make it easier to use—and personalize just the way you like it. All users can now choose to change the background from the current pattern to a range of colors.
For Android users:
- Go to your Me tab
- Select Chats, then Chat Background
For iOS users:
- Go to Me tab
- Select Settings, then Chat Background
Additionally for iOS users, in this new release, we’ve rolled out all the chat screen updates that were available in Android last month: the new background pattern, new chat bubble shape, new colors for bubbles and text, and timestamps that appear inside the bubbles.
For Android users, we’ve adjusted the sizes of a few elements so you can see more information on one screen at a glance. Contact avatars, icons, and badges are smaller, while delivery and read status are made larger to improve usability.
Android users will also notice a new timestamp that appears on stickers in your chats, just like the timestamps on text-based messages.
Custom PIN is Now Free!
The BBM PIN keeps you in control of who can contact you – and now you can customize your PIN free of charge! With a BBM PIN, there is no need to disclose your phone number or email address to add someone to BBM – so if you decide you want to delete and block, they have no way of contacting you. A Custom PIN stays with you forever and makes it easier to add people to BBM – it’s easier to remember, easier to say, and easier to type!
From your Me tab:
- Select the PIN field
- Enter the PIN you’d like
- If it’s available, it’ll be yours! Your PIN will appear in the Me tab going forward.
New: Discover Grid View
Our Discover menu keeps getting longer, packed with all the new services we’re bringing to BBM Messenger. To make it easier to find what you’re looking for quickly and easily, we’ve made Discover a grid of your favorite in-app services. Each service is represented by an icon in the same colour, making them cleaner and easier to locate, as you can now see more on one screen. Check it out today—and read on for a list of new services we’ve added to Discover in the last couple of months.
More Options for Downloading Photos and Videos
This release improves the ways you can share files in BBM Messenger, by offering more control over data consumption. You can now choose to selectively auto-download photos and video using Wi-Fi only, or a combination of Wi-Fi and mobile data.
- Go to your Me tab
- Select General (Android) or Settings (iOS)
- Select Data and Storage Usage
- Set your download preferences
High-Quality Videos and Images Now Send Faster
It’s now easier—and faster—to send large video and image files in one-to-one and Group chats. We’ve made some smart updates, which improves the experience for you.
- Just select videos from your camera or gallery
- Trim the video in the preview screen, and share!
Faster Voice Message Recording for iOS
The next time iOS users want to send a voice message, just tap the blue microphone icon in the lower right of your chat screen, tap and hold while you record, and release to send.
New “Featured” Tab in Sticker Shop
We now have over 1,500 sticker packs in BBM Messenger! Two new features will help you find what you want faster – Featured and Seach.
Following the recent revamp to the Sticker Shop that added navigation tabs, this release brings one more: Featured. It brings together a selection of new, popular and noteworthy sticker packs. When you’re looking for more stickers to add to your collection, check here first!
We’ve also expanded search. Now you can search for sticker packs from any of the navigation tabs (New, Free, Featured and Categories) when you’re in the Sticker Shop.
As always, we’re busily adding more goodness to the Discover menu. Users worldwide can now request an Uber ride through BBM Messenger.
To make travel even easier, now you can book accommodations from the Discover menu too! Thanks to a new partnership with HotelsCombined, users in more than 55 countries can search and discover hotels, find the best rates, easily share options with contacts, discuss in chat, and then book their accommodation—all without leaving BBM Messenger.
Indonesians are now enjoying updates to the WebComics service that we announced in June. WebComics readers receive push notifications on their devices when new installments in their favorite series arrive. A new “Free” content tab makes it easy to find free content. A new registration page, available from users’ profile pages, offers rewards to those signing up for a membership.
Also for Indonesians, BBM Video now includes a new Trending tab. This category displays a collection of popular videos that users can watch inside BBM Messenger.
In Nigeria, we launched a new content channel for young women: Girl Talk. It includes lifestyle articles focused on wellbeing and empowerment for young women. It’s easy to browse articles, and share them with your contacts.
In the Middle East, we added a new food and recipe content channel: Yummy. It is a comprehensive encyclopedia of recipes for all varieties of Arabic and International cuisine; and also provides quick and easy recipes for a younger audience on the go.
Most recently, NBA fans in Indonesia can stay up-to-date and engaged during the regular or seasonal playoffs – wherever they are – through an array of services and content available within BBM: live streaming on BBM Video, updates on BBM News, join Official NBA Channel (PIN: C0028C595), participate in daily BBM Polls and share Stickers of their favourite NBA stars.