Facebook Messenger Introduces New AR Group Effects for Video Calls and Rooms


Facebook is rolling out a new group effect feature on Messenger video calls and Messenger Rooms. Group Effects brings new AR filters and effects that can be applied to everyone on a video call at the same time. These group effects will be rolled out to Instagram soon, Facebook says. The social media giant says group effects work for everyone on video calls and include multiplayer gaming experiences. Facebook is adding more than 70 group effects to start Messenger.

New group effect feature for Facebook Messenger Video Calls & Messenger Rooms Its going on For all users around the world. It may take some time for all users to get it. To check if it’s enabled for you, go to the Facebook Messenger app and start a video call or create a room. Once it starts, click on the smiley face and open the effects tray. Check the Group Effects option and select it to see all available options to apply to all participants in the video call.

As mentioned, Facebook Messenger users will be able to choose from a library of over 70 group effects, which range from games where you compete to build a hamburger, race a cute orange fox, and more. Facebook is already offering AR effects for creating stories and reels and has now added these capabilities to video calls and rooms as well. Group effects include a new Blow the Dandelion effect designed by Ross Wakefield that introduces a beard of grass to all participants on a video call.

Recently, Facebook Messenger and Instagram got new features Like cross-app group communication, new group typing indicators, and polls (direct messages) on Instagram DMs. The cross-app group chat feature allows people to start group chats between their Instagram and Messenger contacts, while with the group typing indicator users can see when multiple people are typing.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360. His reporting expertise includes smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the tech industry as a whole. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneema can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips and releases can be sent to [email protected]
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