Facebook Messenger Rooms – Due to the restriction of movement in many nations of the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year has been greeted with a lot of video conferencing apps and services starting with Zoom, HouseParty, Skype, Microsoft Team and Google.
The social media giant, Facebook, not wanting to be left out has recently launched its own video conferencing app call Facebook Messenger Rooms, it is actually a desktop version of Facebook Messenger for Windows and Apple users. This new standalone app allows you to send messages to your friends and use the new Facebook Messenger Rooms to video chat with up to 50 people at once.
How Facebook Messenger Rooms Works? How To use it
Facebook Messenger Rooms is a video chat room where you can use link sharing to invite and connect to more people. Depending on your room settings, your participants won’t have to sign in to, download or connect on Messenger to join.
Here is how you can get started using Messenger Rooms
For mobile devices:
- For starters, update the messenger app on your device
- Tap on the Messenger app on your device to launch.
- You’ll be greeted with a chat screen, tap on the people button at the bottom
- Then tap on Create a Room from the top
- From your room, tap on Share Link.
- Send the link to others using any preferred messaging service.
For the desktop app:
- From your room you have create, click Copy.
- You can then send the link to others using any preferred messaging service.
Some Highlights or Features of the Facebook Messenger Rooms
- You get group video calls on a larger screen which helps you keep in touch with your friends and family, host a virtual happy hour or join a workout.
- It is very easy to connect; you do not need to know someone’s email or phone number that if all your friends on Facebook have Messenger installed.
- It is quite easy to many things at the same time – multitask. Your chats on Messenger are easily accessible, and you can pop in and out of the app while doing other things on your personal computer.
- It allows you to receive notifications when you have new messages, that way, you can quickly find the chat you’re looking for. But here is the catch, you’re in total control — you can choose to mute and snooze the notifications.
- All your chats are synced across desktop and mobile. You will never have to miss a message or call no matter what device you’re using.
- You know the Dark Mode and the GIFs, yes! You are getting all that on a bigger screen.
Privacy settings that apply when using Facebook Messenger Rooms:
- You can lock or unlock Messenger Rooms once a call begins.
- As a room creator you can remove any intruder or unwanted participants.
- Any participant can leave the room if they ever feel uneasy.
- As a participant you can report a room if you believe it violates Facebook Community Standards. However, please do keep in mind that such reports will not include video or audio from the room.
- If you have blocked someone on Facebook or Messenger they won’t be able to join a room you have created and you won’t be able to join theirs too if they are logged in.
- The room creator must be in the room in order for participants to join.
- Only the room creator can end the room, lock the room, or remove room participants.
- If you are logged in to Facebook or Messenger, on joining a room, others will see your profile name, picture and that you are in the room.
- Sad to say, your video chat is not end-to-end encrypted.
Messenger Room App
I know by now you are already thinking of how to go about downloading this new Facebook book video conferencing app. Let me shock you now. The Facebook messenger rooms originally is a not a new app on its own but but an added features to the already existing Facebook messenger app. So If with your android or iOS device you can easily go ahead to enjoy this new feature only by updating your app or downloading the new Facebook messenger App if you don’t have one.
How To Download Facebook Messenger App on Android
- Visit the Google play store
- Search for “Messenger App” using the search box
- As soon as it comes up click the app icon and click on the install button to install the app
- Using your Facebook details you can now login to your messenger app.
How To Download Facebook Messenger App for iOS
- Visit the Apple app store
- Go below the page and click app
- Then click on search and type “Messenger App”
- Click on the App and Then install
- Finally open and then sign in