Facebook has launched the most requested Messenger feature ever the ability to video chat in groups. Group Video Chat in Messenger makes it simple and seamless to stay connected face-to-face. Group Video Chat is rolling out to Android and iOS devices, and the desktop version of Messenger, worldwide. Even though this is not the first of it kind, Houseparty came up with this group chat feature that could sustain up to 8 users at the same time, in the last quarter of 2016. Facebook seems to be overtaking remaking every single feature in the social media arena and they are not stopping anytime soon.
With 245 million people making video calls in Messenger every month, now we’re bringing everyone on Messenger the ability to turn group chats into face-to-face conversations no matter where you are whether you’re down the street or halfway across the world. Chatting face-to-face live as a group is perfect for those spontaneous moments when text just isn’t enough. Group Video Chat is the best way to share the news you just got a job, have your kids wish grandma a happy birthday, tell a funny story to the people you love or just see your friends live while wearing fun 3D masks (iOS only for now Android coming soon) to an everyday conversation.
How Messenger Group Chat Works
Group Video Chat is super easy to use. You can see up to six people at a time but don’t worry if your group is a little larger because up to 50 friends can join in and choose to just listen in and join via voice, or be on camera. Once more than six people are on the call, just the dominant speaker is shown to all participants.
To get started, you’ll need the latest version of Messenger. All you have to do is jump into an existing group conversation, or create a new one. Then tap on the video icon on the upper right of the screen to enter the video chat and everyone in the group will be notified. Each person can join when they are ready with just one tap. For an extra nudge, you can also directly ring just a few people or the whole group.
This is the time of year to tell our friends and family how much we care about them and send best wishes for the year ahead. Facebook brings you the ability to chat face-to-face with those who matter to you most, wherever they are. We look forward to hearing what you think.