Instagram is one of Facebook’s services, other services include; Messenger, WhatsApp, Facebook Mentions, Facebook Shops. And as such, it should not surprise us that a few weeks ago, Instagram announced that updates for support of the Messenger Rooms shortcut have been implemented.
The social media brand will soon feature a shortcut within the app to conduct video calls of up to 50 people using Facebook’s Messenger Rooms. The announcement was made on Twitter and has also revealed the way to make the group video call along with the process to send invites. The tweet stated, “an easy way to video chat with up to 50 of your favorite people? Yes please. Starting today, you can create @messenger Rooms on Instagram and invite anyone to join.” This move could aid the company compete with popular videoconferencing app Zoom.
A video was posted alongside the tweet and in it are steps on how to use the new feature. The user will first have to enter Instagram Direct messages. A video chat icon will appear on the top of the screen. Tapping on that screen will take you to a menu which will provide an option to create a Room. Then the app will ask for the people you want to invite. This will also include a link that can be forwarded to people who are not present on Instagram or even Facebook. In the final step, the app will ask you to Join Room and the app will ask to open in the Messenger app.
WhatsApp messenger being a subsidiary of Facebook services will also have this feature implemented in its beta version of the app. To check if the feature is available in the version installed on your device, check the chat sheet for rooms icon which can be found by clicking on the attachment icon (paperclip icon). Tapping on the rooms icon will present an introduction to explain the new feature. The instant messaging application has even added a shortcut in the calls tab.
Since the feature surfaced on WhatsApp’s beta version just days after the announcement of Messenger Rooms and now officially available on Instagram, we can expect the company to launch the feature to the stable Android and iOS version of WhatsApp.