Facebook’s 50-person Zoom rival comes to WhatsApp: How to use and what you need to know
Facebook’s video chat platform Messenger Rooms is now available on WhatsApp Web and is soon coming to WhatsApp Android and iPhone apps. The Zoom rival from the social networking giant allows up to 50 people to video chat at the same time. The rulese largely remain same, you can use Messenger Room for one-on-one calls and video chats as well as group calls and group video chats. Here’s how to get going with Messenger Rooms on WhatsApp Web and all that you need to know before you start using it.
There’s no time limit You can chat as long as you want, there’s no time limit for chatting on Messenger Rooms.
How to start: Create and share a room link
Open WhatsApp Web or Desktop, then click the attachment icon above your chats list. It will have list of options, with one of it being Room. The others are Photos & Videos, Camera, Documents and Contact. Click on Create a Room.
Option is available in both group and individual chats
You need to follow the same process to create a Room, both in an individual or group chat.
Remember Messenger is a separate website, so clicking on ‘Create Room’ will take you outside WhatsApp
Click ‘CONTINUE IN MESSENGER’. This will take you out of WhatsApp and through to the Messenger website in your browser.
Since Rooms takes users outside of WhatsApp, the Facebook terms and practices will apply.
Users who are not logged in to Messenger will need to log in with their Facebook account.
Users have the option to keep the Room ‘closed’ or ‘open’
Users have the option to lock their room to prevent new people from joining, or can leave their room unlocked so that anyone they share the link with can join.
Chats in Rooms are not end-to-end encrypted, as they take users outside Whatsapp.
Creator of the Room needs to be present for call to start.
The creator of the Room can end the meeting anytime, he can also remove any participant at any point in time.