While Zoom on your iOS device looks more professional, Facebook Messenger Rooms is friendlier in appearance. Yes, the big news is that you can conduct group video call in the Messenger app by creating a room. This feature acts as one of the Zoom alternatives as you can invite people to join video chat. If you are using the latest Messenger app, you can invite up to 50 people to your room. Sounds interesting? Here is how to use the Facebook Messenger rooms on the iPhone and iPad.
- How to Create Facebook Messenger Rooms on iPhone or iPad
- Use Facebook Messenger Rooms on iPhone and iPad
- How to Create and Use Facebook Messenger Rooms on Mac
How to Create Facebook Messenger Rooms on iPhone or iPad
Step #1. First off, you need to update the Messenger app on your iOS device.
Step #2. Launch the Messenger app on your iPhone or iPad.
Step #3. By default, you will be landed on the Chats screen. However, you need to tap on the People button from the bottom.
Step #4. Next, tap on Create a Room from the top.
Step #5. Introducing rooms. The app gives you some basic information about this feature. Tap on Try It from the bottom.
Messenger app would ask your permission to access Camera and Microphone. Tap on OK.
Step #6. Now, you are supposed to share a link with your friends. This is to invite them to join your room.
Before you go ahead, note that Messenger gives you two options as to who can join: “People with the link” and “Only people on Facebook”. Although Facebook offers two options, ‘Only people on Facebook’ can join the room currently.
In case you choose ‘People with the link’ option, the receiver has to create a Facebook account on their iOS devices.
Once the receiver taps on the link, s/he can join the video call with you.
As mentioned above, you can invite up to 50 people to join a group video call.
How to Use Facebook Messenger Rooms on iPhone and iPad
To spice up your call, you can add several effects using. Tap on the selfie camera button from the upper right corner and then tap on that smiley/emoji. This will enable three options: EFFECTS, ACTIVITIES, and LIGHTING. Check these options at the bottom.
You can use several masks, goggles, and hairstyles from EFFECTS. ACTIVITIES allows you to play games with your friends. And LIGHTING helps you make video calls colorful.
Users, who have created the room, can lock the room to prevent others from joining the party.
IMPORTANT: Facebook is rolling out this feature slowly and gradually. As of now, the feature is available in limited countries. Moreover, people, who do not have a Facebook account may not join the room for group video. Once the roll-out is complete, you will be able to use this feature without any hiccup.
How to Create and Use Facebook Messenger Rooms on Mac
Apple added the Messenger app to its Mac App Store, and therefore, it is possible for users to create and use Messenger room on Mac.
Step #1. Open Messenger app on Mac.
Step #2. Now click on the video icon from the upper left corner.
Step #3. Your Messenger room is created and it is ready to be used.
Step #4. In your room, click on People icon and share the link with your friend who wishes to join a chat room.
Step #5. You can also change the chat room settings by clicking on the Settings icon.
Step #6. In case you want to share your screen, click on Share Your Screen icon.
If you wish to discontinue the video call, click on that red button at the bottom.
Although Facebook claims that people can join video calls even if they don’t have a Facebook account, it is not possible as of now. Probably, this will become a reality in subsequent updates of the app. Until then, Facebook and Messenger users can enjoy group video calls on iPhone and iPad. Do you find this feature useful? Share your feedback in the Comments section below.