Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012, and the two platforms were get more cross functionality since. Instagram “Rooms” is an extension of the Facebook Messenger feature of the same name, but there’s a little more to it.
What are rooms on Instagram?
In short, Instagram Rooms – or Instagram Messenger Rooms – is the same functionality that can be found on Facebook. It is a video calling platform, but slightly different from the typical video calling or conference.
What makes “coins” different is that they are persistent. Rather than creating a one-off meeting or calling someone directly, the rooms endure. Participants can enter whenever they want, as a virtual relaxation area. The host does not have to be there after the room is created.
Facebook is optional
The other thing that makes Rooms unique is the number of participants and how they can register. Facebook / Instagram rooms can accommodate up to 50 participants, but not everyone has to be there at the same time.
Most importantly, attendees don’t even need to have an Instagram or Facebook account. The host can create an invite link, and people can join from any device. However, those who don’t have Instagram or Facebook can only register if the host is also there.
How to use Instagram rooms
Navigate to the “Rooms” tab or tap the video icon in the top corner.
Now select “Create a room”.
The shareable link is at the top of the screen. Tap “Share link” to send the link with another app.
Below you can invite friends from Instagram and Facebook by tapping “Invite”.
Once you have invited everyone, you can press “Join Room” to enter.
As mentioned earlier, rooms remain until you delete them. So you and anyone else invited can always come back from the “Rooms” tab.
That’s about all there is to it. Instagram rooms are just Facebook Messenger rooms… but Instagram rooms. Facebook brings these two platforms closer, for example you can send a message to a Facebook friend from Instagram– and that’s another part of it.