Facebook’s Messenger app has continually rolled out new features in its attempt to claim top spot in the field of video conferencing. Messenger recently announced a new ‘Rooms’ feature which allows users to build group calls with up to 50 participants without any time limit! The feature has now migrated to WhatsApp. Here’s what you need to know about using whatsApp Messenger Rooms.
What is Messenger Rooms?
In April (2020) Facebook Messenger launched a new group calling feature. The Facebook Messenger App has been added to Chat Rooms. Rooms tend to be a combination of two popular contemporary concepts; video conferencing, and home band. The feature allows users to create a virtual room where they can hang out together. So long as the room isn’t removed, your friends can come and go as they please.
To get into a Messenger Room you need to have a connection. Messenger Rooms comes with additional security settings, such as allowing users to kick people out of the room, and locking a room to stop anyone from entering.
How to create a Messenger Room group call from WhatsApp
Since Facebook owns WhatsApp, it was only a matter of time before we saw Rooms feature in the app. For months now Facebook has been considering a cross-account messaging feature between its apps. This obviously is the first step in that direction
You can create a Messenger Room group call from the WhatsApp mobile app as well as the Desktop app.
On WhatsApp mobile app
You may make a call from a Messenger Room from a single person or from a party. The same method is used for building a Room. Note: You must have installed Facebook Messenger on your mobile. To access the Messenger app use the link below.
Launch WhatsApp on your phone and select the person or group that you would like to invite to a Messenger Room. Now tap the ‘Attach’ button, and select ‘Room’.
Tap ‘Create Room as…’ at the bottom of the page. The page will use your Facebook account that you are signed into on Messenger.
On the next page, tap ‘Send Link on WhatsApp’. Your page is now created, but your friends need the link to join in! Send the link as a message on WhatsApp in the group or to a single person.
By tapping the same connection you shared, you can re-enter the Room and wait for people to join. Alternatively, you might expect someone to enter the Room. You’ll get a call on Facebook Messenger when someone wants to enter your Room without you in. Respond to the call just to enter the Room.
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On WhatsApp PC app
The WhatsApp PC app has recently added the option to create Messenger Rooms calls. If you do not have the WhatsApp PC app yet, use the link below to download and install the app on your PC.
Download: WhatsApp for PC
Launch the app on your PC. If this is the first time you are using it, you will have to scan the code on your phone. Launch the WhatsApp app on your phone, tap the three dots in the top right corner, and select ‘WhatsApp Web. Tap the + in the top right corner, and scan the code on your PC with your camera. You will automatically be logged into your WhatsApp account.
Now select the person or group that you would like to invite to a Messenger Room. Tap the ‘Attach’ button in the top right corner, and select ‘Room’.
You will be redirected to the Messenger web app on your default browser. Sign in with your Messenger or Facebook credentials. Click ‘Create Room as…’
That’s it! You have now created a Room. Click ‘Copy’ to copy your link and send it to your friends on WhatsApp. Do not close the Rooms tab on your browser. You need to keep it open in order to have the Room live.
Who can join my Room?
Anyone who has the link to your room can join it. People can join your Room even without the Messenger app. Clicking on the Room link will open a tab with the Room in a browser if you do not have the Messenger app.
It should be remembered that even though no one is in the Room, your Room connection will be active. Persons can only enter the Room, however, if you are in it already. When anyone wants to enter a room while you’re not here, you’ll get a notice that they’re going to join you. You can choose to get into the Room and let them join, or just ignore it if you don’t want them in.
Okay, you now know how to make a WhatsApp group call from Messenger Room. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us in the comments below.