Messenger – How to Use Instant Video

There are many mobile messaging apps that offer a video-recording feature, and one of the latest applications that is now getting on with the trend is Facebook’s own Messenger app. In the app, you now have the option to add a live Instant Video sharing moment with your friends and family. This feature is something similar to Apple’s FaceTime app, as well as Google Duo, Snapchat, and a plethora of other messaging apps out there. However, if you prefer to use Facebook’s messaging app as your main application to get in touch with other people, then read on to know how you can make use of this new live video feature.

Messenger - How to Use Instant Video

Instant Video Recording With Facebook’s Messenger App

Step 1 – The first thing to do is, of course, open up the Messenger application on your device. Select any conversation or start a new one once you’re in the app. You will be able to see a brand new icon at the upper right-corner of the screen, which is the Video Camera icon. Tapping on it and the app will ask for permission to gain access to your device’s camera and microphone.

Step 2 – Once permission has been granted, you would have to wait until the other party picks up the live video call. One of the great features about this live video call is that you can return to your messages within the Messenger app without having to disrupt the call. However, do take note that the video feed will still be on your screen, and it can take up a bit of screen real-estate.

Step 3 – If you don’t want to let the other party see your face for the entire video session, or if you want them to see something that you’re seeing at the moment, then you can just tap the Switch Cameras icon to switch to the rear camera of your device.

Even though adding the new live video call feature on Messenger is indeed a great new feature, especially for those who would have to rely on another app just to do live videos but want to stay on Facebook’s messaging app before, the whole idea behind it feels like a general flattening of other major apps out in the App Store or Google Play. What does this mean? It means that this new video feature in Facebook’s messaging app does not promote anything new, and this is what is also happening in other apps. Here’s to hoping that something new will take place for the great messaging apps out there.


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