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Oops, Blackberry Messenger BBM not available on Windows Phone?

When BBM was released (and re-released), unfortunately, Windows Mobile was left out of the picture. This didn’t stop it from close to 10 million downloads in just 24 hours of being ‘let out of the bag’. Now however, there exists a way for Windows Mobile users, non-Android, non-iOS users and in fact anybody with an email address to enjoy Blackberry Messenger on PC.

The Solution – GenyMotion (formerly AndroidVM)

GenyMotion is a software application that was designed to emulate the Android Operating System using Oracle’s Virtual Box software. It is similar to other Android emulators, but with an added twist – it supports up to Android 4.3, which is above the minimum required platform for BBM to be successfully executed.

GenyMotion normally requires an internet connection prior to installation (the installer is an online installer), but fortunately, you can get the offline installer by following the steps outlined below.

How to run BBM on your PC

Required

Download the GenyMotion offline installer
Download VirtualBox offline installer
Download the Android Virtual Machines in ova format

Steps

  • Install GenyMotion and then VirtualBox. Open GenyMotion

    genymotion_start
    GenyMotion first run
  • Install GenyMotion 2.0.1  and Run it. When it asks to add a virtual device, click No and close GenyMotion

    GenyMotion add virtual device dialog
    GenyMotion add virtual device dialog
  • Copy the downloaded Android VM (it should be in .ova format) to the GenyMotion folder. For Windows 7 the copy location should be C:\Users\%User%\AppData\Local\Genymobile\Genymotion\deployed

Many have reported that the downloaded Android VM is not recognized by GenyMotion, making it download the ova again. To work around this, read How to download and use GenyMotion without registration

  • After successfully deploying the Android Virtual Machine (either by downloading or bypassing), press Play. The Android VM starts
  • Enter your Google account details (or just skip it if you want to, but it means you cannot download BBM from Google Play Store)
  • Go to Google Play Store and download BBM. If you didn’t register, read How to Download BBM direct links
  • Run BBM and register with your email address
  • Enjoy BBM on PC
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