Facebook added the group voice calls functionality to its Messenger earlier this year, however people demanded that there should be group video calling feature as well. So Facebook listened to your feedback and Messenger now lets you host group video chats.
Group Video Chat is already rolling out to Android and iOS devices, and the desktop version of Messenger, worldwide.
How does it work?
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.
There are some limitations:
You can see up to six people at a time once more than 6 people turn on their cameras, just the dominant speaker is shown to all participants. However up to 50 friends can join in and choose to just listen in and join via voice, or be on camera.
Facebook says that more than 245 million people make video calls in Messenger every month and it is expected that this number will likely go up after the introduction of group video chats.