BlackBerry’s BBM for Android and BBM for iPhone apps are finally here! Well, sort of. BlackBerry finally released the highly anticipated messaging apps on Monday, bringing an end to the painful saga that was the buildup leading to BBM’s cross-platform debut. But as one wait came to an end, another began. Despite the delays, BlackBerry apparently couldn’t find a way to ready its servers for the rush of BBM activations it correctly anticipated would occur following the new app’s launch on Android and iOS. As such, the company created a queue system for BBM where users download the app, register their emails and then wait in line for their accounts to be activated.
BlackBerry appears to be doing a pretty good job of tearing through those activations, but if you happen to be one of the people still waiting to use BBM, there’s an easy workaround that lets you begin using the service right away. CNET has the details, but it’s essentially as easy as entering your email address, force-closing the app and then relaunching it. Then, you should be able to create an account and start using the service immediately.
Here’s how to do this finally:
To ensure that its servers can handle the influx of new users, BlackBerry has created a wait list for those interested in signing up for a BBM account. Individuals who registered on BlackBerry’s Web site earlier this month won’t be required to wait in line and can begin using the app immediately.
Simply enter the same e-mail address you registered with, click Next, and select “I got the email.” If you didn’t preregister, you can enter your e-mail address and wait for an invite from BlackBerry.
There is another way, however.
The company’s wait list can actually be bypassed after downloading the app on either your Android or iOS device. Open the app, enter your e-mail address, click Next, and then force-close it.
This can be done on iOS by double-clicking the home button and swiping the app away. 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.
It should be noted that while this method worked for some CNET writers, BlackBerry could fix the workaround at any time.