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Facebook’s all-new video chat platform Messenger Rooms is now available to everyone. Users can access it both on mobile as well as desktop. Thanks to the runaway success of teleconferencing app Zoom, despite myriad security issues, tech giants have been scrambling to get their video chatting platforms in shape. Google recently made its Meet platform free for everyone, Facebook doubled the number of participants in video calls on WhatsApp. Taking on Zoom more agressively now is Facebook’s Messenger Rooms. Here’s your beginners guide to Messenger Rooms.

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Allows up to 50 people to do a video call simultaneously

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Allows up to 50 people to do a video call simultaneously

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There is no time limit for video chat

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There is no time limit for video chat

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Calls made on Messenger Rooms are not end-to-end encrypted, unlike on WhatsApp and Apple Facetime

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Calls made on Messenger Rooms are not end-to-end encrypted, unlike on WhatsApp and Apple Facetime

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You need Facebook account to host a group chat in Messenger Rooms

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You need Facebook account to host a group chat in Messenger Rooms

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However, you don't need a Facebook account to join a room

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However, you don’t need a Facebook account to join a room

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To start a video call from Messenger or the Facebook app, a user can send out links or invites to other participants

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To start a video call from Messenger or the Facebook app, a user can send out links or invites to other participants

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On Facebook, users can start and share rooms through News Feed, Groups and Events

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On Facebook, users can start and share rooms through News Feed, Groups and Events

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In the coming days, users will soon be able to create Messenger Rooms on Instagram and WhatsApp as well

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In the coming days, users will soon be able to create Messenger Rooms on Instagram and WhatsApp as well

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The host has the option to lock rooms to keep if they don’t want anyone else to join

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The host has the option to lock rooms to keep if they don’t want anyone else to join

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The host can also remove people from a group chat

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The host can also remove people from a group chat

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There's no way to password-protect a chat room yet in Messenger Rooms

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There’s no way to password-protect a chat room yet in Messenger Rooms

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To create a room, users need to look for video camera icon with a plus sign

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To create a room, users need to look for video camera icon with a plus sign

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Messenger Rooms offers AI-powered 360-degree backgrounds and 14 different camera filters

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Messenger Rooms offers AI-powered 360-degree backgrounds and 14 different camera filters

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