All messaging apps will eventually offer the same feature set. The latest feature comes from Facebook Messenger, which just added live Instant Video sharing, just like Apple’s FaceTime, Snapchat or Google Duo, to its iOS and Android apps.
Facebook rolled out the feature earlier this month, as a background update, so you won’t have to download anything to access it. Some might not realize the option is even available, as Facebook does little to notify you of its addition.
So here are the steps of how-to use it:
Step 1: While you’re in a message, tap the Video Camera icon in the top right corner, and tap ok if messenger prompts you for permission to access the camera and the microphone.
Step 2: After your call is picked up, tap once on the screen and again on messages in the top left corner to return to the chat.
The video from your call’s recipient will now appear in the top right corner.
Step 3: You can make it go full-screen by tapping the video from the other person twice. To share the view from your rear lens, tap the switch cameras icon in the top right corner while in full-screen video mode.
While this is a great addition for Facebook Messenger users who love sharing video, it also feels like a general flattening of all the major apps out there.