Messenger Lite, Facebook’s lightweight version of their popular chat app is getting a new feature today with the company announcing video chat is being added.

Facebook launched Messenger Lite in 2016 as a way to expand the reach of their chat app to emerging markets. The stripped down version of Messenger doesn’t (at this stage) include ads but still let you send and receive messages, photos, links and stickers but not video chat, that changes today.

Facebook has seen a massive surge in popularity for video chat in the past year, with 17 billion video chats being initiated in Messenger during 2017, more than twice the number initiated in 2016. The attraction for people to chat face to face is there and they want to bring that to everyone, hence the addition to Messenger Lite.

Once you’ve gotten the latest version of Messenger Lite it’s easy to initiate a video chat, simply open an existing conversation with a contact and then tap the video icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Facebook says you can also upgrade audio calls to video while in a call by tapping the video icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Facebook says that Video Chat will be included in the latest version of Messenger Lite which will begin rolling out from today.

Messenger Lite: Free Calls & Messages
Messenger Lite: Free Calls & Messages
Source: Facebook.
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    Tibb So
    Tibb So
    2 years ago

    17 billion video chats initiated, 15 billion dropped when Nanna’s everywhere realised they’d pushed the wrong button, another 1.95 billion dropped when the person receiving the chat didn’t want to be seen nude, in their underwear, without make-up on or not instaglam ready. A couple of thousand calls dropped when the person receiving the call realised their teeth were sitting in a jar beside the bed.

    Joshua Hill
    Joshua Hill
    2 years ago

    Nooooooo
    This is not in keeping with the ‘Lite’ (sic) format.
    FU FB!!!

    Tibb So
    Tibb So
    Reply to  Joshua Hill
    2 years ago

    People should always say FU FB!!! An evil corporation we do not need.