For online video conferencing, Zoom has become a part of many workplaces and organizations – and has even overtaken Skype. But Facebook Portal, a device specifically designed for video calls, has also recently gained popularity.
But how does it work exactly? And is there a way to use Zoom with the Facebook portal device? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Zoom and the Facebook Portal and see if they can work together.
Are Zoom and the Facebook portal compatible?
If you’ve browsed a tech supply store or website lately, you might have seen the sleekly designed Facebook portal devices. Unlike your computer, tablet or phone, you don’t need to download any software or app to use the portal. Everything is integrated.
This means that you cannot use Zoom with the Facebook portal. When it comes to Zoom and Portal, for now, they’re just competitors. And there is no indication that will change any time soon. In fact, Facebook is looking to replace Zoom as part of the desktop – a development that will be interesting to watch.
For now, the Facebook Portal is a fantastic device to have at home to elevate the video calling experience. But how do you make calls via the Portal? Facebook has not one but two popular video messaging apps.
WhatsApp is part of the Facebook group, just like Messenger. Both apps are bundled with the purchased Facebook Portal device. And they are equally popular and widely used internationally.
Live stream a Zoom webinar on Facebook
If you want to find a way to use Zoom with the Facebook platform, you can explore a connection. But that has nothing to do with the Facebook portal device. What you can do is stream webinars or live meetings on Zoom to your Facebook page. Here’s how it works:
- When you prepare to start your Zoom webinar, select the “More” button at the bottom of the window.
- Select the “Live on Facebook” option.
- Zoom will open your web browser. Log in to your Facebook account and authorize Zoom.
- On the next page, you can:
- change the title of your webinar
- choose where to publish the webinar
- who can see the webinar
- Click on “Go Live”.
Zoom will open the correct Facebook page, where you’ll see a red “live” icon at the top of the window. From here you can control the Zoom webinar. You can stop the live stream, view the stream on Facebook, and copy the stream link.
When your Zoom webinar airs on Facebook, it will also start playing on your device. It is advisable to lower the volume to avoid any background noise. Also, keep in mind that your stream will count as a webinar viewer login.
And the people watching your webinar on Facebook aren’t the same as the attendees of your Zoom meetings. Regardless of the number of Zoom webinar attendees, only the host can connect their Facebook page to Zoom. It’s a fairly simple process, but it’s probably a good idea to test it out at least once before going live.
Call from the Facebook portal
As mentioned, you can use a Facebook portal device to access your WhatsApp or Messenger account to make calls. The first thing to remember is that portal calls will only work if your contact has a Facebook account or uses WhatsApp.
You can receive Portal calls on all Portal devices, but also on any device that supports these two video calling apps. As for web browsers, only Chrome and Opera support Messenger calling feature. Also, you and the person you are calling must be on the line when the call is made.
To make the call, you can speak directly to the Facebook portal. You can just say, “Hey, Portal, call daddy.” And when you’re ready to end the call, you can say “Hey, Portal, hang up.” The voice feature is only available in English at this time, in the US, UK and Canadian markets.
Zoom and the Facebook portal on their separate paths
The only way to see Zoom and Facebook cooperate currently is through the live broadcast feature on Zoom. And although it has found its way into many homes, Facebook is still a force to be reckoned with.
It is still too early to say if these two companies will work together and if Zoom will be part of the software integrated on Portal. For now, everyone does their thing, and it’s up to you which one you prefer.
Have you ever tried Zoom or Facebook Portal? Let us know in the comments section below.