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Introduction to groups


You can chat in real time with a group of BBM contacts. You can also share pictures, voice notes, your location, and other files. There are multiple different ways to create a group, but there are two main types of groups: groups with extended features and multiperson chat (groups without extended features).

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.

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.

Navigating BBM Start a multiperson chat

You can create a basic group without any extended features in three different ways.
One way is by inviting one or more other users to a chat with a person you are currently talking to. This creates a chat with multiple people. Note that this allows the new members to access older messages in the chat history.

  1. In a chat, tap   .
  2. Tap Invite More.
  3. Tap the names of the contacts you wish to add.

Alternatively, you can start a multiperson chat (group without extended features), from the BBM Chats screen or the BBM Contacts screen.

  1. From the BBM Chats screen, tap   or  .
  2. Tap Start Group Chat.
  3. Type a name for the group chat.
  4. Tap the contacts that you want to chat with.
  5. Leave the Use Group Calendar and Lists checkbox unchecked.
  6. Tap  .
  7. Tap Done.

If you are currently on the BBM contacts screen, the following method will be the quickest to create a multiperson chat:

  1. From the BBM Contacts screen, touch and hold several contacts.
  2. Tap  .
  3. Tap Start Group Chat.

Start a group chat with extended features

There is only one way to create a group that extended features. These extended features include lists, events, and topics. In order to use these extended features, the creator of the group must have enabled these features while starting the group chat. This setting cannot be changed after creating the group in the future.

  1. On the Chats screen, tap  or  .
  2. Tap Start Group Chat.
  3. Type a name for the group chat.
  4. Tap the contacts that you want to chat with.
  5. Check the Use Group Calendar and Lists checkbox.
  6. Tap .
  7. Tap Done.

Invite more people

You can always invite more people to your group.

  1. In a group chat, tap  .
  2. Tap Invite More.
  3. Tap the contacts you wish to add, or if necessary, enter a PIN number, phone number, or email address.
  4. Tap 

Leave a group chat

  1. In a group chat, tap  .
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Select Leave Chat if you are in a multiperson chat
    • Select Leave Group if you are in a chat with extended features

You can view the group profile by tapping the group name in the group chat. Alternatively, you can view the profile from BBM Chats by touching and holding the group whose profile you wish to view, and then tapping the second icon in the top right hand corner.

For more information about navigating a group profile, click here.


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