How do I use Messenger Rooms on Portal?

This article applies to:Portal, Portal (Gen 1), Portal+, Portal Mini

You can create a video chat room from your Portal to chat with contacts. You can also choose to let anyone join with a link, including people who aren't a contact and those who don't have Facebook or Messenger.

When you create your room, you choose who can discover and join your room:

  • Only friends you invite: Only friends you choose on Facebook and Messenger can join.
  • Friends you invite and people with the link: People with the link or room invite can join, even if they don’t have a Facebook or Messenger account.

To learn more about Messenger rooms visit the Messenger Help Center.

Create a Room

To create a room:

  1. From Home, tap the Contacts App.
  2. Tap Rooms.
  3. Tap Create room.

To choose a room activity:

  1. Tap Room activity.
  2. Tap to choose a room activity.

To choose who can discover and join your room:

  1. Tap Who can discover and join?
  2. Tap next to Only friends you invite or Friends you invite and people with the link.
  3. Tap Next.

To invite people to your room:

  1. Tap next to Show room to all Facebook friends to allow your Facebook friends to discover and join your room.
  2. Tap Invite specific friends to allow specific friends to discover and join your room and send them an invite link in Messenger. You will need to you need to select at least one contact here to proceed with room creation.

When you join the room, people with the link or invite will be able to see your name and profile photo and that you’re in it. This may include people you’re not friends with on Facebook. You can lock or end your room to keep new people from joining.

Join a Room

To join a contact’s room:

  1. From Home, tap the Contacts App.
  2. Tap Rooms.
  3. Tap the room you would like to join.

To join a room with a link:

  1. From Home, tap the Contacts App.
  2. Tap Rooms.
  3. Tap Join room with a link.
  4. Enter the room link.

Invite Friends

After you’ve created your room, you can invite more friends by inviting contacts or sharing a link to your room.

If your room is set to Friends you invite and people with the link, anyone with a link can join your room and invite others to join.

To invite contacts:

  1. From Home, tap the Contacts App.
  2. Tap Rooms.
  3. Tap your room, then tap Join.
  4. Tap .
  5. Tap Invite Friends, then tap next to contacts you want to invite.
  6. Tap Invite.

To share a link:

  1. From your room on Portal, tap .
  2. Tap Send Yourself a Link to this Room.
  3. Access the link on your phone and computer to sent it to more people.

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Last updated June 3, 2020
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