How to add contacts to BBM (iPhone and Android)?

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How to add contacts to BlackBerry Messenger? The procedure is slightly different than other messaging clients, as BBM make use of PINs to identify users.
There are at least 4 ways to add contacts on BBM, and but all of them requires the sharing of PINs or QR codes.

Invite a contact using his PIN


This method implies that you already know the PIN of the person you want to add.
  • Open BBM
  • Press the button with three vertical dots and select "Invite to BBM"
  • Select "Invite by PIN"
  • Enter the PIN of the person you want to add and click "Send"
  • Once he accept your invitation, his name will be added to your BBM contact list.

Invite a contact by scanning his QR code


BBM allows users to generate QR code out of their PINs. To scan the QR code of a contact:
  • Open BBM
  • Press the button with three vertical dots and select "Invite by scanning".
  • Activate the barcode reader of BBM.
  • Scan the code.

Invite by email


If you do not know the PIN of the person you want to add, you can send him and email containing your PIN:
  • Open BBM.
  • Press the button with three vertical dots and select "Invite by email".
  • Select your mail client.
  • Enter the recipient's mail address and send the mail.

Invite by SMS

  • Open BBM.
  • Press the button with three vertical dots and select "Invite by SMS".
  • Enter the phone number of the recipient and send the SMS.
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