Facebook Messenger now lets you add friends to ongoing video chats

Facebook Messenger now allows you to add more friends and family members to your audio and video chats while they’re still in progress. With a new feature introduced today, you can add people to an ongoing audio or video call while you’re still talking, rather than having to hang up and manually add people into a conversation before restarting the call.

To add someone while you’re on a video or audio chat, tap on the screen and select the new “add person” icon, then tap on the people you want to add. After you’ve hung up, you can message everyone in the conversation in an automatically created group chat in your Facebook inbox.

The feature is available now on both Android and iOS. Group video chat on Messenger allows you to see up to six people at a time, but up to 50 people can join a call. Once more than six people are on a call, the main person talking is shown on-screen to everyone.

While there have been admissions from Facebook execs about how cluttered the Messenger app has become with countless sticker packs and games, so far we’ve only seen more features get added in. At least today’s is more useful than this awkward Valentine’s Day addition.


An article about Messenger after ages that give me a positive vibe.

For small businesses, this could be a nice feature instead of using Skype or WebEx for remote conferences. I’d have some privacy concerns though when it comes to which parts of video calls Facebook might be archiving – businesses might avoid using it for fear of internal or proprietary information being intercepted.

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