Facebook has been busy bringing futuristic chatbots to Messenger, but this week it’s trying something a little more old-fashioned. The company announced that it’s adding group calls, making it possible to turn a group chat into a phone call with the press of a button.
The feature should be rolling out to everyone with the latest version of the app according to Messenger boss David Marcus. Once it hits, you’ll see a new phone icon show up in the top right corner of group conversations. Tap it to launch the call. You’ll be able to see who’s listening and manage individual participants once the call begins.
Facebook told TechCrunch that the new feature can handle up to 50 people on a call at once. That should be more than enough to handle most group chats.
It’s a smart addition for the times when messaging back and forth just doesn’t cut it. If you’re trying to make plans quickly with a group, it can still be useful to actually talk to each other. Then again, it could also be annoying if your friend keeps trying to start big group phone calls.