Facebook launches Instant Video in Messenger for quick face-to-face moments with friends

Posted: 8:12 AM, Sep 06, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-06 08:49:01-04

Facebook is trying to make Messenger your go-to chat app.

The social media company just launched "Instant Video." It's a bit of a twist on the video calling feature the company introduced last year .

Using the Messenger app, friends are now able to share quick video moments with one another.

The new feature, Facebook notes on its official blog , could come in handy if you want to ask for a fast opinion on new shoes, or when picking up a coffee order.

The feature works on the latest version of messenger for iOS and Android -- all you have to do is tap on the video camera icon while both of your are in an open Messenger conversation, according to Facebook. 

The neat part: the video player won't take over your whole screen like before -- so you can continue the text conversation along with the video stream, if you'd like.

The audio, is also set to off for default. It could prove to be a good tool, especially if you want to show something off but don't really have the time to have a long video conversation.