Facebook Messenger now allows users to invite friends mid-way a video call

The new feature has been added to both Android and iOS.

  • Published: February 22, 2018 1:44 PM IST

Regular audio calls are now reserved only for stranger or may be your boss. Video calls are now really taking over digital conversations, and if you can squeeze in a bunch of friends together in the same call, then nothing’s better than that. Facebook Messenger is one of the few platforms available that allows users to make group video calls. And now taking that a notch up, Facebook Messenger is now letting users add more members mid-way through a video call. The feature is also available for audio calls.

Until now, if you start a call with say four people, in order to add another person to the call, you needed to hang up and then manually add them to the group chat, and then dial again. Now, with the update, you can simply tap on the screen and select the new “add person” icon, then tap on the people you want to add. After you’ve hung up, you can message everyone in the conversation in an automatically created group chat in your Facebook inbox.

Facebook Messenger allows up to six people at a time on a video call, however, up to 50 people can join a call. Once more than six people are on a call, the main person talking is shown on-screen to everyone.

While the Facebook Messenger has a wide user base, people do complain of the app becoming more cluttered by the day, which has also been reportedly acknowledged by Facebook executives. Despite that new features continue to be added. A feature like today’s takes up no space in the app per se, but something like the Valentine’s Day feature for couples, was sort of unnecessary. To be fair though, this game of features is a lot about hit and try!

  • Published Date: February 22, 2018 1:44 PM IST