Students, faculty, and students can install Blackboard Instant Messenger (also known as BbIM).

Installing BbIM

Blackboard IM is software that must be downloaded before it can be used. A link to download Blackboard IM is available on the My Courses page (or your Portal page) in HuskyCT.

Link to download Blackboard IM.

Clicking on the Get Blackboard IM link will open a new window (be sure to allow pop-ups if prompted in your browser).

Blackboard IM registration window.

After you create your Blackboard IM ID, you can then download and install the Blackboard IM client. You may perform this step either immediately after creating your account, or at a later time.

To proceed with using BbIM,

  1. Open the Blackboard IM client. Whenever you launch Blackboard IM, the login window will appear. 
    Blackboard IM login.
  2. Enter your Blackboard IM ID.
  3. Enter your Blackboard IM password.
  4. Click the Sign In button.
  • You can set Blackboard IM to remember your Blackboard IM ID and password by checking the remember me box. If you do this, anyone with access to your computer can access your Blackboard IM account.
  • You can also set Blackboard IM to automatically sign you in when you launch the program by checking the sign in automatically box. This setting can be changed in the Preferences window.

For more information or assistance with HuskyCT, contact the Educational Technology Office at or (860) 486-5052.