BBM display pictures/avatars or “DPs” as they are called in this parts are a huge deal apparently. With newer BlackBerry devices and most other devices now taking pictures in the 16:9 format rather than the 4:3 by default, sizing pictures into the square “window” provided has become an issue but have no fear, there are easy ways to go about it.
Firstly, there is an app for that. Profile w/o cropping on android fits your display pictures no matter the size, aspect ratio or orientation into the square box provided for your display picture. You can download the app off Google play if you have an android device or grab the apk directly here. If you have a BlackBerry 10 device, with OS 10.2.1 you can grab the apk as well, or get it directly from Google Play using snap. If you are using a previous version you can sideload the bar file which you will find here.
If you are old school and do not want to go the app route, here is a quick tip, while viewing the picture you want to use, turn your device 90 degrees (make sure your orientation lock isn’t on) and take a screenshot. Try to use the screenshot, you will be able to fit the whole picture.
H/T to Kingfatboi who pointed out the app.