BlackBerry finally brought BBM to Android and iOS earlier this week, but in an effort to prevent the server problems that halted its initial debut, the Canadian company decided to implement a waiting list that allows it to control how many users gain access.
But if you were late to the party and you’re stuck at the back of the line, you’ll be pleased to know there’s a quick and easy way to bypass that waiting list. Just follow the simple steps below.
- After installing the BBM app on your Android or iOS device, open it up and register your email address to join the queue.
- Now return to your home screen and force-close this app. On iOS, this can be done by double-tapping the home button and swiping the BBM app away. On Android, just enter the multitasking menu and do the same, or go into the Settings app, select “Apps” and then BBM, and then tap “Force Close.”
- Relaunch the BBM app and you should now be able to create a new BBM account and use the app.
The workaround was first discovered by CNET, and it’s quite surprising how simple it is. It’s worth noting that BlackBerry could disable it at any time, however, so if you want to bypass the waiting list, do so as soon as possible.