Image: the verge

Image: the verge

With the internet experiencing a shift from written contents to video contents, Facebook has taken yet another step.

Facebook is now encouraging more video usage on its platform by introducing a lightweight add-on to messages that allows users to share video through the Facebook messenger app.

The new feature allows users to send one another videos, plus photos, gifs and written messages while texting in the app.

Note, however, this is different from video calls. Video calls have been available on Messenger since May 2015.

The instant video feature is for those times when you don’t necessarily want to make a full-fledged video call, but want to share a moment captured on camera.

“It’s perfect for sharing quick moments with friends who aren’t right by your side or making your conversations richer by seeing each other face-to-face when you are messaging,” Facebook said in a blog post describing the feature.

The new feature works for both Apple iOS devices and Android.

To use instant video, both users need the latest version of Messenger on Android or iOS. From inside a conversation, tap the video icon in the top right corner of the app and you’ll begin broadcasting. For the recipient, the sound is off by default.

How to use the new feature

Step 1: While you’re in a message, tap the video camera icon in the top right corner, and click “OK” when 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.

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Author: Timilehin Boyinde

Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.