Facebook has made the video call option in Messenger even better by providing users the feature of screen-sharing that can be used in both Messenger Rooms and the mobile app. To use this option, the user has to simply drag up the function panel at the bottom while on a video call, where more options will be displayed. The “Share your Screen” option will be among them, by tapping on which the user can share their device screen with the rest of the people in the video chat. According to Messenger, up to sixteen people can share screen in Messenger Rooms.
With this new feature, Messenger aims to bring people even closer together and stay connected in a better way, especially in times of the COVID pandemic when everyone is physically apart. Facebook had already added screen-sharing in the Messenger desktop and web apps earlier this year, which brought a rise in desktop calls amid the lockdowns. The same feature can now be utilized and enjoyed on mobile phones as well. It has been under testing and development for some time now.
With screen-sharing, users can enjoy doing a variety of activities together on the video call. For instance, they can share photos from their mobile’s camera roll, shop online together, and browse social media together. Apparently, the feature is going to become popular in no time, as Zuckerberg earlier pointed out that more than 700 million people have been conducting video calls in Facebook apps everyday. Clearly, there has been a rise in the demand of video calls during the global lockdown period. Moreover, group video chats are being used 10 times more than before.
Other than conducting video calls and using screen-sharing to connect with friends and family, the option can also prove to be of use for business users. Illustrating a point, providing guidance, and just generally connecting with customers face to face will certainly become more convenient.
Furthermore, Facebook has also been looking into adding new controls over who can share screen within each Messenger Room. There is also a range of other ways in which this feature can be used. With more and more people turning to video calls now, Messenger’s screen-sharing seems to become quite popular and helpful for users to connect with each other.