Facebook recently launched the Messenger Rooms feature to compete with popular video conferencing platforms Zoom and Google Meet. The feature is available to everyone and will soon be accessible via WhatsApp, allowing its users to make direct group calls with friends on Facebook. The option is already available to some beta users and should soon be rolling out to a wider user base worldwide.
WhatsApp recently extended the participant limit for video calls from four to eight. However, if the video call limit of 8 people is also not enough for you, this solution will allow you to invite up to 50 people on a WhatsApp video call. The trick here is to use Facebook Rooms which is now integrated with WhatsApp. And the best part is that the host only needs to have a Facebook account and install the Messenger app. All other participants can join the call without installing an additional application or subscribing to a new service. Let’s see how to do this.
How to make group video calls with 50 people on WhatsApp
As of this writing, this method is only available for Android devices.
Before you start, make sure you’re using the latest version of WhatsApp and have the Facebook Messenger app installed on your phone. Don’t worry, all other participants don’t need to have a Facebook account or even download the Facebook/Messenger app. For them, this method will work like a regular video call. Here is a brief step-by-step process.
To check your version of WhatsApp, open the WhatsApp application. Click on more icon in the top right corner and select Settings -> Help -> App Info.
Once you have the latest version of the WhatsApp application, go to WhatsApp. Go to the tab “callsBy swiping left twice. At the bottom right, above the call button, you will have “video camera iconTo create Messenger rooms. Click on it.
Alternatively, you can also create a chat room from the chat window. Click the icontromboneon the right side of the chat box. From the expanded menu, select “Rooms.
On the next screen, WhatsApp will redirect you to the Messenger app. Make sure you are logged into the Messenger app. If you are logged into the Messenger app, there will be an option “Create a room. Click on it and you will have a meeting room that can accommodate up to 50 people. Messenger will give you an option to “Send the link on WhatsApp.
Once you click onSEND LINK ON WHATSAPP‘, Messenger will direct you to the WhatsApp chat window with the link pasted in the chat box. You can choose to share the link with someone else and even outside of WhatsApp. There are no restrictions for people joining Messenger Rooms. All they need is a link to a chat room.
Note that other participants will not be able to join the chat room unless you join first.
How to join a messenger room
The other participant does not need to install the Facebook or Messenger application. Or even a Facebook account. Here’s what the process will look like at the end.
Once they have the Messenger room link, the participant can click on the link and join the video call. If the Messenger app is installed on the attendee’s phone, the link will open in the Messenger app or web browser. Before entering the video call, you can see the profile of the room owner and the number of participants in the room. This helps ensure that you are directed to the correct Messenger room. You will need to enter a name before you can join the room.
Messenger Room is a great way to host a virtual party for up to 50 people. It would have been better if the host had even got away with it without installing Messenger. But for security reasons and to avoid abuse, Facebook had to impose the option.
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