Step aside, one-on-one Facebook Messenger calls. A new feature is in chat town.
First announced by Facebook, the new group-calling feature allows Facebook Messenger users to make group calls with not one, not two, but up to 50 people concurrently over the Internet.
Facebook Messenger’s chief David Marcus said upon the announcement:
“Really excited to announce the global roll out of group calling in Messenger today. From any group conversations, just tap on the phone icon to initiate a group call. You can then manage individual participants on the next screen. If you have the latest version of Messenger, you should see the phone icon appear in group conversations within the next 24 hours. Give it a try, and as always, let us know how we can make it even better for you!”
How to used it? The group-calling feature will show up as a phone icon in your Facebook Messenger group chats. From there, you’ll be allowed to add new participants to the call. So if you ever tire of typing in group chats, this could be the easier way to communicate on-the-go or hold conference calls.
It’s important to note, though, that this isn’t a group video-calling feature. But perhaps Facebook will find a way to launch a group video-calling feature sometime in the near future.
Facebook Messenger’s group-calling will be released on iOS and Android over the next 24 hours. Try it and let us know your thoughts about it :)