Facebook announced today the latest update to its Messenger featuring free group calls. The feature is rolling out over the next 24 hours both to iOS and Android-operated devices. So if you don’t see it just yet, try downloading the app’s latest update.
In order to make a group call, you need to choose the group and tap on the phone icon in the top right corner. On the next screen you can choose whom to include in your call. The calls are limited to 50 participants for now, but it should be enough to satisfy most of your Messenger’s calling needs.
When you are in a call, you will see which members of the group are participating in the call, and which are not with their status specified as ‘ringing’ or ‘no answer’ next to their name. Also, if you miss the initial call you can still join in, while it is in progress. You can also invite other people during the call.
This latest update puts Facebook Messenger in line with other apps that support free group calling, such as Google Hangouts, Skype, Line and Slack.
As for video calls, they are still limited to two people, though it seems that it won’t be long before video group calls are introduced in the Messenger as well.