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Start a BBM group chat


You can chat in real time with a group of BBM contacts. You can also share pictures, voice notes, your location, and other files.

You can also enhance your group chat with topics, events, and lists. You can plan calendar events with a group, track to-do lists, and start multiple chat topics within a group chat. For example, you can confirm your plans in a group chat and then create an appointment or checklist that everyone in the group chat can see. You can choose to use these features when you start a new group chat.

A standard group chat can include up to 250 people, including yourself. If you use the topics, events, and lists features, the group chat can include up to 50 people, including yourself.

  1. On the Chats screen, tap 5O2LSKNQpXG9R3rMm-sTAKEnOnY9Wb-CQw.png .
  2. Tap Start Group Chat.
  3. Type a name for the group chat.
  4. Tap the contacts that you want to chat with.
  5. To use the enhanced group chat features, turn on the Use group topics, events, and lists switch.
  6. Tap Done.

Add more people to the group chat

  1. In a group chat, tap mQDWiamyMg70-Ame73HpQSI278imMOJwXA.png .
  2. Select an option for adding a person.
  3. If necessary, enter a PIN number, phone number, or email address.
  4. Tap Send or o1XQnpO2lrXUdJ7xUyUvIZGCY8s1ajryyQ.png.

Add a picture to a group chat

  1. In a group chat, tap yCxABfrLZmpEatfjZwFkM7-LWZTBR_TTvQ.png > 5zO9slqeJ6VRArphU6Ys1mnOnj3UhhV1TA.png.
  2. Tap a picture > Attach.
To comment on a picture, in a group chat, tap a picture. In the field at the bottom of the screen, type a comment.

To view all the pictures in a group chat, at the top of the screen, tap the group name. Tap Pictures.

Add an event to a group chat

You can only add an event to a group if the group chat creator turned on this feature when starting the group chat.
  1. In a group chat, tap hySGlU1pH0azOtZG45JgmsTG4tL2tY97Yw.png > 3K_3MLi9eMWDuiv5yYjlhB-UtJrl44geWA.png.
  2. Complete the instructions on the screen to add a subject, location, start date and time, and end date and time.
  3. Click Save.
To view all events in a group chat, at the top of the screen, tap the group name. Tap Events.

Add a list and list items to a group chat

You can only add a list to a group if the group chat creator turned on this feature when starting the group chat.

After you add a list to a group chat, you can add items to the list, assign a person to each list item, and add a due date.

  1. In a group chat, tap 9MfN1Q5pMW2lf8QTdcCn0BUH4BHZUV0qjg.png > gyILeRumiNWaZ_z1uldvDJRPmaYYIwP8Cg.png.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • To create a new list, tap New List.
    • To add an item to an existing list, tap a list.
  3. Type a list item.
  4. If necessary, complete the instructions on the screen to add a category, assignee, due date, or priority.
  5. Tap Add.

To edit a list or mark a list item complete, in a group chat, tap a list item.

To delete a list item, in a group chat, touch and hold a list item. Tap Delete.

To delete a list, in a group chat, tap a list item. Tap CGkZCN-l1mxeF2J8GyQK499T3ObzWzJhHQ.png  > Delete List.

To view all lists in a group chat, at the top of the screen, tap the group name. Tap Lists.

Start a new chat topic

You can only start a new chat topic if the group chat creator turned on this feature when starting the group chat. When you start a new chat topic, the topic appears as a separate chat on your Chats screen.
  1. In a group chat, tap F-ksrtg9tVwJbxkEsr_LR2vETeAs3PpeGw.png > Start New Chat.
  2. Type a chat topic name.
  3. Tap OK.

Change the group chat name, description, or profile picture

  1. In a group chat, at the top of the screen, tap the group chat name.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • To change the group chat name or description, next to the group name, tap KjcTyPwa40kgvGEDcgoy0RoMwvJs4hBYgQ.png . Type a group chat name or description. Tap Done.
    • To change the group chat profile picture, tap the profile picture. Tap 5RUUZGfi7oVaGlB2WMIVeDxV8OTo9Gtxtg.png. Tap a picture. Tap Save.

Make someone a group chat admin

When you create a group chat, you become an administrator for that group chat. Group chat administrators can control group membership and add other administrators.

Tip: After you create a group chat, consider having multiple admins or creating an administration password so you can reclaim admin rights if necessary, such as after switching to a new device.

  1. In a group chat, tap HD-VUg0mGxza55nMH9V74DFnVKZFUwBAUQ.png > Group Settings.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • To make someone an admin, tap Administrators. Tap ldSC0HP5ofHUTxaOQ5X0GtlfOOqQpsgP9A.png.
    • To set or change an administration password that members can use to become an admin, tap Administration Password.
You can change the administrator password at any time.

Turn off group chat notifications

  1. In a group chat, at the top of the screen, tap the group chat name.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • If the group chat uses topics, groups, and lists, tap l_8oJy6nxEki5A0BzrS0k5YyiYC_zPlc1g.png > Group Settings. Turn off the Receive Group Notifications switch.
  3. In a group chat, tap KcZdNnLFF837V5QyTU7mzaQXqaAhYRb-uA.png > Group Settings.
  4. Turn off the Receive Group Notifications switch.

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