Facebook Messenger adds screen sharing over video calls on Android and iOS

Vlad, 16 July 2020

Facebook has added yet another new feature to Messenger in its quest to make the app the Zoom for most people - so to speak. We're talking, of course, about screen sharing.

This is currently in the process of going live in the Facebook Messenger apps for Android and iOS, allowing you to instantly share your screen with friends and family, either one-on-one or in group video calls. This works in group video calls with up to eight people, and 16 people in Rooms, because confusingly you can video call in Messenger both directly through a group as well as through a Room.

Facebook Messenger adds screen sharing over video calls on Android and iOS

Through screen sharing you'll give the others a live view of what you're doing on your phone, so you can share virtually anything. Facebook says the point is to help you stay connected and close with your loved ones even if you're physically apart.

Facebook Messenger adds screen sharing over video calls on Android and iOS

Screen sharing is also available in Messenger Rooms with up to 16 people on web and desktop. The company plans to add controls for who can share their screen in Rooms, and expand the number of people you can share your screen with to 50. So if you are a Room creator, you'll soon be able to limit the ability to screen share to just yourself, or make it available to all participants.

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  • themohd

The screen sharing feature on the Messenger has been available on android since last year.

Yeah, Facebook, AKA the ultimate data thief will certainly never abuse it to gather data on people's screen, why would they ?

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