Social media platform Facebook on Thursday announced a new screen sharing feature that is available globally on the latest versions of Messenger’s Android and iOS apps, desktop app, and Web. This new screen sharing feature allows users to share their mobile and desktop screen activities with friends and family on the Messenger app. 

“Today, we’re excited to share that we’re expanding the availability of Messenger’s screen sharing feature in video calls and Messenger Rooms to our mobile apps. We know people are trying to stay connected more than ever and screen sharing is the latest feature we’re rolling out to bring people closer together,” Nora Micheva, Product Manager, Messenger said in a blog post while announcing the new feature. 

Screen sharing allows people to instantly share their screen with friends and family one-on-one or in a group video call with up to eight people and up to 16 people in Rooms while using Messenger on their mobile devices, on the Web, or on their desktop.

Through the new screen sharing feature, users can share a live view of their screen of whatever they are browsing or looking at on their screens virtually with other people. 

“Whether you want to share memories from your camera roll, shop together online, co-browse social media, and more — screen sharing makes it easy to stay connected and close with your loved ones, even when you’re physically apart,” Micheva added.  

While screen sharing is available in Messenger Rooms with up to 16 people on web and desktop, Facebook says it’s working on expanding the feature with up to 50 within Messenger Rooms.

“With these new controls, Room creators will be able to determine whether to limit the ability to screen share to just themselves or make the feature available to all participants when creating a room and during the call. We hope people will find screen sharing a fun and engaging way to connect and share with family and friends on video calls and in Messenger Rooms,” Micheva concluded.

How Messenger’s Screen Sharing Works:

To get this new screen sharing feature, you need to update to the latest versions of Messenger’s Android and iOS apps, desktop app, and Web.

  1. Open the Messenger app and start a video call.
  2. After this, pull up the bottom tab on your screen.
  3. Select ‘Share Your Screen.’
  4. Your phone’s screen will now be visible to participants in your video call.