A few weeks ago there is one new feature on WhatsApp, but few have seen it. The developers themselves did not want to sponsor it too much although it is very useful and allows you to do something that is not possible on WhatsApp: video calls for up to 50 people. We are talking about the Stanza function, released by WhatsApp for some time now and which is hidden inside the application menus.
To reach it you need to make at least a couple of clicks and this complicates users’ lives a little. But what is the Room function on WhatsApp for? To create “rooms” on Facebook Rooms, a platform of the Menlo Park company launched during the lockdown period and which allows you to make video calls and video conferences for up to a maximum of 50 people. In practice, thanks to the integration on WhatsApp, users can make group video calls by exceeding the 8-person limit imposed by the application, already increased a few months ago to shorten distances during the pandemic period. Here’s what it is for and how to use the Room function.
What is the Room function on WhatsApp for
The Room feature is designed to increase the limit of users who can join a group video call, which has so far been blocked by eight people. Using the tool, this limit increases up to 50 people, but it is necessary to use Facebook Rooms, the blue social platform created specifically for video conferences.
To access Facebook Rooms, in addition to having a link to access the video call, you must have the Messenger app or alternatively an account on Facebook.
How to use the Stanza function on WhatsApp
The operation of the Stanza tool is very simple, even if you need to know where the developers placed the feature. Here are the steps to follow for make video calls on WhatsApp up to 50 people.
There are two methods of using the Room function. The first is to open WhatsApp, press on the Calls tab and then click on the camera icon on the bottom right. Alternatively, you can open a conversation and touch the Attach icon (in the shape of a brace) and then on Room (to make room for this tool, the Camera has been deleted).
At this point, after selecting Stanza, a message will appear on the screen explaining what the tool is and how it works. You have to touch on you “Continue in Messenger” and from this moment on you will quit WhatsApp and log into Facebook Messenger and Facebook’s terms and practices will apply.
Once opened Facebook Messenger you will need to tap on “Create room as (your name)” and you will get a link to share with all the people you want to invite to the group video call.
How to get the Stanza function on WhatsApp
The new tool is already available in the application. In case you can’t find it, it is necessary update the app. You can do this from the Google Play Store or from the App Store.