With millions of people forced to work remotely, the demand for real-time video conferencing apps and services has surged. It is in this regard, the social-networking giant – Facebook has come up with a new offering called Facebook Messenger Rooms.
Facebook strongly believes, spending time with each other should be spontaneous, not strained and there should be more ways to connect when you are apart. So, to encourage virtual hangout experience and compete with services like Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams, Facebook has launched Messenger Rooms.
Rooms make it easy to spend quality time with friends, loved ones, and people who share interests, same as yours. The service is mainly built to support a group video call for up to 50 individuals (which earns it a moniker – rooms). Once you get access to Rooms, you can start a group call from
- Messenger app
- Facebook app
- Instagram Direct
- Facebook Portal
You can open the call to all or lock it to stop uninvited people from joining. If needed, you can remove participants, too.
Use Facebook Messenger Rooms to enable a group call
It’s not mandatory for every participant to have a Facebook account to join the meeting. In this post, we’ll see how to join Facebook Messenger Rooms chat through the Messenger app.
- Launch the Messenger app.
- Click Create a room icon.
- Select names.
- Tap Invite button.
- Start your conversation.
- Click the Share link option.
- Choose a name or the app through which you would like to invite the person/s.
- Allow the person/s to accept the invitation and join as guests.
How to use Messenger Rooms?
Launch the Facebook messenger app on your iPhone.
Tap the Create Rooms icon in the upper-left corner of the Messenger app screen. You can see it as a video-camera icon).
Select people who can join. Tap the Invite button to send the invitation to your friends.
Choose the Call option, if available.
Allow the person to respond.
Start your conversation.
If you would like to invite other people to join your Messenger Room, tap the ‘Share link’ button.
Choose contacts to send the link via message. Alternatively, you can choose an app like WhatsApp to send the link to the group.
Now, when the group members receive the link, they can choose to participate in the Rooms meeting by clicking on the link.
They’ll just need to enter their names and click the 'Join' button to start your Rooms conversation.
That’s all there to it!
Facebook Messenger Rooms began rolling out in certain countries earlier in May. It has now started expanding globally.
Source - Messenger Rooms