BlackBerry opens up sign-ups for BBM beta app on Windows Phone


BBM is coming to Windows Phone very soon, but before that happens you're going to want to join an upcoming beta to try it out. BlackBerry has just announced that a BBM app built just for Windows Phone will be here in the coming weeks. Details on how to join the beta down below.


BlackBerry has designed their upcoming app to have a native user experience that embraces the clean, modern design of Windows Phone. There are three areas core to the BBM experience that you'll find in this app: Contacts, Chats and Feeds.

Contacts is a single list where you'll be able to view all BBM contacts (individuals and groups). Chats is the single destination for all BBM Chats including group chats, multi-person chats and one-to-one BBM Chats. Feeds is where you'll see what all your BBM Contacts are up to. Status updates and profile photo changes can be viewed here.

We just signed up for the beta and hope to do a hands-on when we get in. How about you? Looking forward to BBM on Windows Phone?

Source: Inside BlackBerry



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Jim_MAY says:

2 years, too late!

amandeep569 says:

I cant download it anyone help me

neo158 says:

Better late than never!!!

David P2 says:

Looks pretty sweet doesnt it.

skwarek says:

You need to create a Blackberry Beta Zone account. Then look under eligible programs

Shehabdemoon says:

Can you Give me a link?

David P2 says:

You did read the article, right?

Shehabdemoon says:

Yes I did but I don't know how

Sam Sabri says:

You don't know how to click a link in the article?

thekinghippo says:

"he may be on mobile" swipe right and click the links button. The first one is the actual sign in. The second is an article about it.

Shehabdemoon says:

Sorry Sam , I'm on mobile and I just signed up but can't download the app

pramudyapp says:

Lol. This is just signed up for join bbm beta program. If you already did, just wait until more new info come ;)

skwarek says:

I'm already signed up. Just waiting for a green light to download

Me too, I just don't know how long it will take.

Subscribed! Don't know a single soul who uses BBM, but...

nv00021 says:

Are you serious??? Last count there were at least 10 million BBM users.... Dude... Common

Sam Sabri says:

Sweet. Just signed up.

bawboh86 says:

Ditto. Now to figure out if I have any friends using the service...

HcDohl says:


A very good news, been waiting for it ever since a post about bbm beta coming soon.

Since BBM very popular here at Indo, and my friends keep b*tchin bout why wp not has BBM and bragging how limited our app store compare to their Lagroid or iCrapple, hope this official app could make em reconsider about how our store become bigger bit by bit.

Anyway, waiting for the green light to download it

Dean Hepper says:

Do we know what medium will be used for the green light i.e. Email or blog post?

Wow the sign in process is messing me up. Pain in the arse

Nik Rolls says:

Yep, completely broken on WP. You'd think they would have checked that.

luuch says:

I had to switch to my pc & It worked fine ..just couldn't get past the registration page on my wp

I ended up creating a BBM ID on chrome validated it and it kept saying the username/password was wrong (it wasn't). Then I used IE (love it but still not there yet) to log in, worked like a charm. Still waiting to be able to download it. I'm going through some trouble to beta test a program that I have no interest in. I do like giving devs feedback though :P 

diod123 says:

You download apps you don't want so you can provide feedback? Do you give them all bad reviews because you have no interest? Please explain, I think my brain is broken after a long day.

Nik Rolls says:

I think he means he enjoys beta testing apps, even if he doesn't want to personally use the service. He will try things out and leave quality feedback for things he feels could be done better or are broken.

No I enjoy being part of betas. I like testing apps and giving devs feedback. I personally prefer when devs give us an email for feedback therefore I don't have to give the app a rating but If I have to use the review system I tend to give 3 or above depending on the feedback. 3 is a minimum since it's a beta app. I also update the reviews as the problems are fixed. I hope that clears things out for you! 

I signed up and in with my WP

Same can't sign up

XamiDami says:

It's only been a few comments, but it's so nice to see that WP8 users are looking forward to BBM.

This is just the beta release, but y'allz are gonna love it (even more) when voice calling, video calling & channels come to the WP version of BBM.

Hooray for BBM.
Hooray for Windows Phone.

Posted via the WPC App for Android from my Z10

Talbot690 says:

Android z10??

glibous says:

Android app on his Blackberry Z10

pepsijosh says:

The BlackBerry Z10 can download Android apps ⌒.⌒

Koen Willen says:

I don't see the program on their website ? Already sign in

rashberry says:

Done!..now waiting for some sweet bbm love

SUBAQUA 365 says:

I downloaded it a few days ago. I don't know how.

Shehabdemoon says:

How can this be !! :D

tupolev141 says:

For he IS the Kwisatz Haderach!

chataddicted says:

Show ur screen shot maan

TechFreak1 says:

Screenshot or it didn't happen :P

tucho235 says:

I'm signed up too. i'm excited :)

4bh1sh3k says:

So I need to signup for blackberry id... then signup for beta access... and then comes a page that IE mobile cannot open... great.

YeankahP says:

Switch the IE on ur wp to 'Desktop version'

Anyone signed up using their WP device

4bh1sh3k says:

I tried to... it comes to a page when it asks me to search store for app :(

rashberry says:

Yep ..just follow the links Sam provided if you already have a blackberry ID ..if not create one ...and you can't download the app yet ..just signing up for it

Tried get to the page where it shows install an app from the store

rashberry says:

Go back to the post ,swipe to right , tap view links ,tap the first it should go to the bb page with a big blue button that says sign in
PS: Are you using your windows phone to do this?

Yes that's the issue lol

rashberry says:

Well I did it with my phone too ..so I'm not sure what you're doing wrong ..anyway good luck

I signed in then go to the new user button it shows a page which needs an app from the shop

I guess I'll have to wait for a while

Joe Da Bro says:

Look mate... Take a deep breathe
We are all excited as you of course

1. Use PC because Blackberry Beta website is not supported in Internet Explorer
2. Sign up a Blackberry account or sign in I you have one
3. Sign up in blackberry beta zone or sign in if you're already signed up
4. Put your phone infos
5. Submit

Haha needed this advice. Well I guess I'll chill lol

Jazmac says:

"1. Use PC because Blackberry Beta website is not supported in Internet Explorer"

I signed up using IE.

Joe Da Bro says:

I couldn't .. Don't know why

elshehri says:

Done and waiting. There was an old post here about BBM beta with direct installation link. I tried that but didn't work. Guess we have to wait

People here are confused about the BETA registration, not gonna blame them because it sucks totally.
Look you have to signup twice.
1: To get BlackBerry ID.
2: To get access to BBM BETA.

You can do the first one on WP, but not the second one because it is broken on WP (Stupidity -_-).
Most of the people here have done the step 1 but not 2, and they think they are enrolled into BETA lol
Btw go to PC it will work just fine (or try UC Browser speed mode +iPhone Website preference).
Personally not gonna singup for BETA, cause the process is shitty.

Joe Da Bro says:

While I have to agree with you about the website being user-friendly to most of us, I think it was not that complicated as well

RWD says:

Thanks 8) I was trying from my 1520.

Gotta wonder about all these "testers" who've signed up but know no one with a BBID. Kinda like having no gas in the car but jumping in with the keys to go for a drive.

Eroneko says:

For me, fb messenger and whatsapp is enough, but signed up!! I just want to make WP bigger and better for others!

Tips_y says:

That's the right attitude. But havn't signed up yet - will wait when it gets out of beta and hits the general WP user base.

hoovermac says:

Signed up - waiting for the download link to appear in my email!

ULOP3Z says:

The sign up process is all Fücked up

Jazmac says:

I thought it was fairly painless.

donbreathe says:

I bet you signed up using your phone, try signing up from a PC

Just singed up too...what happens now?  Do they send us a link or how does this work?  It said I was accepted.

bawboh86 says:

They'll send you a link to the app in the appstore (at least, that's what happened with previous beta programs in which I've participated in the past).

chydii says:

Do I need to sign up with an outlook account or do I use my beta account I have already with my yahoo id?

Try the one you already have

Saiflowrider says:

done worked on pc

donbreathe says:

Sign up with the BB ID you already have and you will have to provide your outlook email that you use as your Windows phone store id to be able to enter the beta program

Saiflowrider says:

It keep on sayin username already registered

Then choose another one

raphok says:

i'm waiting for threema!!!

ceraf says:

Been looking forward to this!

buddy007 says:

just signed but it just shows im enrolled havent got any download link probably might come later...waiting...


sadude69 says:

I tried download the app directly but still gives me error that I am not allowed it

buddy007 says:

It is private beta.. You need to have access so you need to sign up first and then if you are approved they would send you the private beta link from which you can download..... Better be quick the beta access is generally given to limited number of people... Follow the link down of the article and create an account , join in the beta zone and wait for the email

AngellaMath says:

If you are approved? Does that mean that signing up doesn't guarantee you access to the beta?

buddy007 says:

I think they will select the applicant based on their phone model and region... So they can judge issues better.... So people applying with similar models later from same regions are bound to be rejected....

sadude69 says:

Signed up as well via my surface pro. Couldn't do it via Droid tablet or Lumia 1020

I've been waiting damned ages for this!


Thanks BlackBerry!


I've signed up, looking forward to downloading it! Not too positive about that design though, oh well. BBM is BBM at the end of the day!

pramudyapp says:

I've done completed registration form. And i cant download BBM on Store. What happened?

SoloXCRacer says:

This is just a sign up request for the Beta.  You still need to be approved.  As implied from the article, it might take a couple of weeks for that to happen.

alimaslam says:

Joined.. Waiting for the mail to start using it.

kevin_poo says:

I hope their tile would use transparent tile and metro design.

Btw, how long does it take to get permission to install the BBM?
I still can't

ven07 says:

The bbm team will sent you a mail so that you know you can download the app

kevin_poo says:

Okay then. Thanks for the info!

xankazo says:

I'm in! I've been waiting for this for so long! :D

I din't think my Blackberry ID account would be active after so many years without using it. :)

ven07 says:

Done... But that was a long ass registration process lol

mrcraggle says:

I was very close to signing up but didn't bother. It just feels like another app that has come too late. No one I know even uses BBM any more despite only a few years ago most of my friends owning Blackberrys but they've sinced traded them in for Androids and iPhones (2 platforms that have had this app for ages).

Mario92 says:

We're sorry, BlackBerry Beta Zone is not yet available for your country.  Please be patient as we continue to expand across the globe.

I already hate BB.

I encountered the same thing :(

jeetu4444 says:

weird iam from india and iam registered...my phone is lumia 1020

xankazo says:

I remember using a free proxy to bypass this when I owned a BB. https://www.hidemyass.com/ should do it. I'm from the Dominican Republic.

TJ_UK says:

Whats the obsession with having BBM... isnt it just the same as whatsapp?

Binson#WP says:

I remember having that exact opposite thought in 2010 or so when I was on Blackberry... How times have changed.

neo158 says:

Security as you don't give out a username or phone number to people you want to add, just your BBM pin.

tcprodigy says:

love the design.. gla they didnt just do a port like android an ios. hate that deign. Signe up and waiting for them to email!!

I don't really get the point of these apps. I can already send text and picture messages to all my contacts. I dint have to install a separate app or make sure they have the same app installed.

trwrt says:

Yeah I have unlimited texts too but in some countries texting is expensive, especially international texting.  The carriers will have only themselves to blame when that easy revenue totally dries up.

Binson#WP says:

Also, they're good for international messaging.

irsyadhhs says:

Little bit paining signing up via mobile, especially WP. You need a desktop to create BB beta zone ID. I think i could directly download BBM short after signing up. But no. I have to wait the confirmation, doesn't it?

jattie16 says:

Is there really no way of signing up via WP? Also getting that msg saying to use desktop

irsyadhhs says:

The beta zone sign up direct me to UC browser. And, it's just loading and reloading with no end. And, i move to desktop, and done for just 1 minute.

Samadvs says:

Use UC browser from starting it self . U can use WP for sign up. I done it.

i had signed up and completed the registration 1 hour ago, but still nothing happen now. No mail, no notification, no permission, no no oh no -_-

irsyadhhs says:

From Indonesia? We are such an obsessive people with BBM :v

kevin_poo says:

Yes we are :v
at least the good news is not BlackBerry skin extract :v

joeytomb says:

Every 10 minutes I tap that sync on my hotmail. Hope I can be the beta tester. :D

Waiting to download

MrGoodSmith says:

I created a BlackBerry ID then joined their beta program then opted in for the BBM for Windows phone program, providing my Windows ID, then when I tried to download the app from the store I got an error.

neo158 says:

They'll send you an email, if you are selected to be part of the beta, with the store link. It's why they ask for your store ID when you sign up to the beta program.

eYinka says:

Signed up. Time to preach. Oh! Wait... Let's test first.

YeankahP says:

Cant wait.
Omo naija

Feeling your swaggs Yinka !

Khadzik says:

i have already sign up but cant download BBM app in the store :(

Joe Da Bro says:

Wait for them to email you

Khadzik says:

So long Joe, I haven't recieved it :(

Joe Da Bro says:

Me neither but what can we do

Khadzik says:

Wew, You also cant download it? -_-

Joe Da Bro says:


Khadzik says:

tell me if you can download it :)

Joe Da Bro says:

Sure mate you well be the first one to be informed

Pistooli says:

Well... All good news, but Blackberry Beta Zone is not available in my country...

donbreathe says:

Signed up too

eurochick47 says:

"Thank you for joining! You now have access to this program."  - ok, so ... where do I download it now? Didn't get any links, it's not in the store... is everyone in the same boat here?

Joe Da Bro says:

Wait for the approval...

sumton says:

signed up thanks

sayyas says:

I have this massage..
You will be notified when blackberry beta zone becomes available in your country..
Any help

My registration didn't come with a massage :(

Joe Da Bro says:

@Sam Sabri make sure to tell us when you get approved

pepsijosh says:

I was already a member of BlackBerry Beta Zone as I joined last year when I tried to sign up for BBM beta on iOS but i never got it =( so I managed to register for this really quickly...hopfully I get to beta test this app =D

mindhere says:

So the first time around, did they at least tell u that you didn't qualify?

pepsijosh says:

The first time round I didn't get as far as being able to see it in my programs list which is what happens when they approve you.

faida says:

Still gives me email validation problem but its validated..

I like that it looks nothing like the Android/iOS app. It genuinely looks like a windows phone app.

Daakkon says:

Signed up, getting an error that I don't have permission to join, hopefully or applications get approved shortly.

Keagan259 says:

How long must I wait after signing up

Registered just waiting now...............

Did anyone try installing the app manually through the store using visual studio?  Trying to do so now.  WIll update.

RuMurillo says:

Let us know if installing it manually works!

Just signed up. Figured they would've had this in the beta zone so I signed up for a bbid & linked it to a beta account the other day(thats such a messed up way of managing this)

blackhawk556 says:

I'm having such a hard time signing up I don't know what the hell is going on. I click on a link on the sun up page and it opened up UC browser on my phone. What the heck is that all about. Then i get a message saying it can't detect my pin. I'm done with this junk.

irsyadhhs says:

Same. And, i moved to desktop. It's done

blackhawk556 says:

By the time I get to a desktop I'm sure they won't be accepting anymore beta testers.

Joe Da Bro says:

Be optimistic, bbm developers won't check the time you signed , they will make sure to test variety of phones and OS versions

YeankahP says:

Switch the IE on ur wp to 'Desktop version', worked for me

neo158 says:

Which is the reason why having a Samsung, HTC or Huawei device is a good thing in this instance.

When I m singing up to beta it's saying can't detect pin can anyone,please help me out

Saiflowrider says:

atlast done worked on pc

i made a Blackberry ID but i cant sign in, they tell me "Please note that this login may not match the BlackBerry ID used to log in at the previous step" while it's the same one !!

armyvet66629 says:

You have to create a beta zone id

Joe Da Bro says:

You are well in your way/road/whatever.... Sign up for THE BETA ZONE which will make you put more details on your location... Then submit and accept the terms and conditions then submit again then put your phone infos then submit
Then wait for the approval

Khadzik says:

Do it on Desktrop, it work

Joe Da Bro says:

The only thing that's between me and exploding is optimism,, cmon Blackberry at least reply with confirmation or declination

NomanS44 says:

I registered on the given link by providing all the required fields. But still not able to get the app from store!

borasar says:

You can't get the app from the store. You signed up, now if you are approved they will send you the download link over the email that you've provided and you'll be able to download then. Be patient

DaltonCarl says:

I signed up on my phone no problem. Idk if already having an ID made it easier or not.

SleepyTheDon says:

Beta registered lets see if I miss BBM or is it all hype

rferrara90 says:

I get the following:


Welcome to the BBM for Windows Phone beta program!


In this beta we'll look to test the first BBM experience on Windows Phone.  We want to hear what you think about the look and feel of the app, any issues you discover and where you want to see the BBM application go in the future.


Thanks for joining!

BBM Beta Project Team


but then now link to download.... what do I do??? Is anyone else getting the same???

Joe Da Bro says:

Congratulations. . Try to go to the older post on this site then download... Tell us what will happen

rferrara90 says:

Ya I tried that already... I get the statard message saying:


Can't download

Sorry, you don't have permission to download this app.


Any other ideas?

Joe Da Bro says:

Try to open the email from PC to make sure that the entire mail is shown

rferrara90 says:

I wasn't an email acctually... That came up on the website after I registered

seraphe says:

I got the same message, but cant download beta.

sugardad says:

I also got the same response...
I guess that when we gave them our market email/id they will whitelist our accounts in order to be eligible for beta download...

rferrara90 says:

They should learn to be efficient like our preview for developers app lol

Joe Da Bro says:

Ahh ok .. Sorry for the late reply... But if that is the case. Then it either we have to search the app or we haven't been approved yet but on the bright site.. I'm like you!!!

Me too getting the same!!!

Keagan259 says:

Did anyone get a email link yet. Because I am waiting for hours

DaltonCarl says:

No one has yet.

All signed up and it said I was accepted to the beta but still csnd download the app. Anyone know how long it takes for your MS ID to be recognized?

well i managed to manually pull down the bbm.xap file but still couldn't install manually.. lol. was worth a shot.