Facebook Messenger group video chat goes live

Facebook Messenger group video chat goes live

Facebook Messenger group video chat is now live. The new feature allows up to six split screen video chatting and up to 50 users on live chat (voice, text, emojis, gifs etc.). The new feature has been on the cards since Facebook launched the video calling feature in April 2015. With statistics showing about 245 million people making video calls each month on Facebook Messenger, the new feature is set to be a hit.

Facebook Messenger group video chat features

  • Up to 6 split video screens
  • Up to 5o online users on live chat (text, voice, emojis, gifs etc.)
  • Snapchat like selfie-masks

Here’s how it works

The Facebook Messenger Group Video Chat is very easy to use. If you are on Wi-Fi then it’s also free (though technically someone has to pay for the Wi-Fi!) While you can see up to six people at a time, your chat group can still be 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 6 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.

Facebook Messenger video calling basics

To video chat on Facebook:
  1. Click at the top right of the screen
  2. Open a conversation with the person or people you want to video chat with
  3. Click in the top right corner of the chat window
Having trouble? Make sure you’re using a supported browser, and that your camera and microphone are set up correctly.

Browsers that video calling works with

If you’re having trouble with video calling, try updating or switching your browser using the links above.

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