If you live in Africa for example, and tried since yesterday to get yourself BlackBerry’s BBM messaging app, you hit a wall. BlackBerry and Samsung have a deal to have BBM available only to Samsung owners for a week before everyone else. But if you are Android user, here’s a step by step to get it immediately and starting using it today:
1. Download the Android APK file from here:
2. If you didn’t use your Android device to download the file, transfer it to anywhere that you can find it later on your device.
3. Find the file on your phone and tap on it to install it. Make sure you have enabled “Allow installation of apps from unknown sources” under Settings -> Security. If not you will be prompted to do so.
4. Once installed, open the application and enter the email addresses you used to sign up for BBM waitlist on the Blackberry site. If you didn’t sign up on such a wait-list here’s a work around suggested by CNet: Open the app, enter your e-mail address, click Next, and then force-close it. On Android, enter the multitasking menu and swipe the app away, or go to Settings, Apps, BBM, and click Force Close. After relaunching the app you should have the power to create an account, which will assign you a unique PIN, and to begin inviting friends.
5. If you succeed getting in, you will be met with the screen below. Just click on “Next”
6. You will be asked to create a BlackBerry ID if you don’t already have one. Click on “Create a BlackBerry ID”, otherwise just “Sign in”
7. Creating a BlackBerry ID is a process of you entering your details; Name, birth date, password, etc… When you’re done, you’ll be presented with your new BBM Pin as shown below. CLick the “Continue” button.
8. You will then be taken to the home screen of your BBM. From there, you can add new contacts, start conversations and other things BB. Here’s a screenshot from my first BBM conversation!