Facebook has expanded the screen sharing capability of its Messenger on iOS and Android mobile apps. Users are now able to share their screen with other people in a group or on a one-to-one video call with a maximum of eight participants. Check out how to begin a video call with the screen sharing in the Facebook Messenger below.
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Screen Sharing On The Facebook Messenger Mobile App
Initiate a video call in the Facebook Messenger app by choosing one or more contacts and clicking the camera icon.
From the bottom swipe up on the toolbar while on the call, which will display an expanded menu.
Click on the “Share Your Screen” from the expanded menu and start screen sharing.
Users will be able to share the live view of the screen to others, which will show others in the chat what the user is doing on their mobile phone.
“Screen sharing lets you share a live view of your screen so you can share virtually anything together. Whether you want to share memories from your camera roll, shop together online, co-browse social media, and more…”
Screen Sharing On The Facebook Messenger Desktop App
Users can also share their screen with others using the Messenger app for desktop as well.
Begin a video call and choose the screen sharing button located at the bottom left.
Select if you want to share the whole screen or just a single application window.
Start screen sharing. You will get to see a preview of what the other person is looking in the bottom right hand corner.
Competitors Vs. Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger now is competitive with platforms like Google Meet and Zoom with its ability to support group video calls and screen sharing. The main advantage is that the complete use of Facebook Messenger is free whereas both Meet and Zoom offers paid services to have full access. There are limits on the free version of Meet and Zoom on the length of the call and number of the participants per call whereas Facebook Messenger has no restriction and allows up to 50 people to join in a group. However, when it comes to company wide meetings Messenger perhaps is not the best fit for it. Considering that both Meet and Zoom are inclined more towards the professional use, paid features in it provide access to the features which therefore is not in the Messenger.