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  • Facebook is testing adding voice and video calls to the main Facebook app.
  • The features are currently part of the standalone Messenger app.
  • The company did not share how many users will see the features.

Facebook announced that it will bring audio and video calls back to its main app after splitting the social network’s communication features into two separate apps. The change is considered “just a test” and can already be seen by a small group of users. Users in some countries including the United States are now able to make voice or video calls directly from the Facebook app.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has argued that integrating the company’s messaging services is a benefit to users, letting them reach more people and reducing the need to download or jump between separate apps. Facebook has been trying to tie together messaging across its suite of apps and first enabled it between Instagram and Messenger last September. The move enabled users of each service to find, message and hold video calls with contacts on the other without needing to download both apps.

How to Set Up Facebook Video Calling?

  • Log in to Facebook using your personal account.
  • Look on the right-hand side of Facebook for a contact who is online and has a green icon beside his name. If all of the people in the right-hand window are grayed out, click “Turn on Chat.”
  • Start chatting with someone that you’d like to video call with, and then click the video icon on the top of the chat window to start the call, which automatically launches the video set-up program. You can also go to a friend’s Timeline, click the gear icon and choose “Video Call.”
  • Click “Set Up” to begin the set-up process. In the resulting window, click “Run” to give Facebook access to your computer. A file downloads, that is the installation program for Facebook Video Calling. Wait for the progress bar to fill, after which the video call begins automatically.

Although audio and video calls are coming back to the Facebook app, text chat should remain available exclusively in the Messenger app for now. Earlier this month, Facebook had already announced end-to-end encryption to audio and video calls in Messenger. The app is recently update with support for QR Code and payment links.

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