Facebook is integrating Messenger Rooms into its entire application ecosystem. Its new group video calling service has already reached the beta of WhatsApp, Instagram, the web version of Facebook and now it is the turn of WhatsApp Web. Video calls with up to 50 people are already available, so let’s see how they are done.
Messenger Rooms on WhatsApp Web
As in the rest of the platforms on which Messenger Rooms is available, the integration consists of a shortcut to create the room. That is, we will not make the WhatsApp video call, but we will open Messenger Rooms from WhatsApp, we will create the room and generate the link that, later, we will have to send to our contacts. The process is very simple:
- We log into WhatsApp Web.
- We go to any chat and click on the attachments button.
- In the options that will be displayed, we select Messenger Rooms (the blue icon with a white camera).
- We select “Go to Messenger”.
WhatsApp Web will automatically open Messenger in a new tab and will allow us to create the room. Once created, we will simply have to enter it and share the link in the search bar in any WhatsApp group (or wherever we want, really). Both those who have a Facebook account and those who do not can join.
Now, users who participate in the video call from their mobile will have to have the Facebook Messenger app installed yes or yes. Those who join from a computer, however, will be able to do so directly from the browser. The limit of participants is 50 persons, that is, you and 49 other people.
Is a much higher limit than that of native WhatsApp video calls, which currently has eight participants. However, they do not have the same encryption, as native WhatsApp video calls are end-to-end encrypted, while Messenger Rooms share Messenger encryption.