Facebook Messenger tests Screen Sharing for mobile

First look at Facebook Messenger’s unreleased Mobile Screen Sharing

By Jane Manchun Wong on 

Wanna watch memes with your friends and hope they also find it funny? Trying to instruct your family how to use an app as the family tech support? Facebook Messenger got you covered. They are finally bringing Screen Share feature to mobile!

I came across this unreleased Screen Sharing feature in Facebook Messenger’s Android app by reverse-engineering the code underneath, which indicates the development of this feature has recently started.

The Screen Sharing feature is accessible as a button in the Video/Audio call screen. The feature is introduced as “Share Your Screen Together”, that user can share their favorite content with their video chat. When the user turns on the screen share, their camera will be turned off, and everyone in the chat will be able to see the screen.

On Android, the Screen Share feature will only work if the user has granted Messenger app the screen capture permission.

The time it takes to develop and release experimental features like this varies. Experimental features could come and go. I can’t wait to use it with friends if it is released in the future!

Jane Manchun Wong © 2019