BlackBerry Instant Messaging Optimization of Data Consumption

Article ID: KB19444

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 12-14-2011


Product(s) Affected:

  • Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry smartphones
  • Google Talk for BlackBerry smartphones
  • Yahoo! Messenger for BlackBerry smartphones
  • AOL Instant Messenger for BlackBerry smartphones
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BlackBerry Instant Messaging clients


BlackBerry Instant Messaging allows you to keep in touch with your IM contacts, no matter where you are or what you’re doing supporting the following services:

  • Windows Live™ Messenger
  • Yahoo!® Messenger
  • Google Talk™
  • AOL® Instant Messenger™ service (AIM® service)

Several features offered by BlackBerry Instant Messaging are; 

  • A familiar user interface
  • Availability status
  • Contact access and management
  • Notifications to tell you when you receive a new message
  • Emoticons that help you express yourself
  • Support for file transfers

To take advantage of latest features and improvements available with BlackBerry Instant Messaging applications please ensure you are using the latest version. Click here to visit the BlackBerry Instant Messaging portal to check and if necessary upgrade your version of Instant Messenger for BlackBerry smartphones.

BlackBerry Messaging applications leverage data compression, reducing the data transmitted over the network. Below are a few commonsense tips that will help ease data consumption while using Messenger Services

  • Do not perform excessive file transfers
  • If you don’t want to view display pictures, disable the Show Display Images/Picture option.
    • Complete the following steps to disable this option.
      • From the Instant Messenger Client press the menu button, select Options
      • From the contact section change the Show Display Images option to No
  • If you don’t want to stay signed in all the time, uncheck the automatic sign in option from the BlackBerry Instant Messaging application home screen
  • Sign out of BlackBerry Instant Messaging when are you roaming


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