The Facebook Portal smart display is great at making video calls to Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp contacts, and while its setup process is easy, it is somewhat lengthy. Insert the power cord into the back of the Portal, and plug it into an outlet. After the Portal connects to your network, it will automatically download and install the latest update. During this time, you can take a virtual tour of the device. After the Portal has finished downloading the update, it will ask you to restart it. Once the Portal has restarted, press continue to agree to the terms of service. Give your Portal a name. You can select from the menu, or create your own name. Connect your Facebook account. A code will appear on the screen of the Portal.
Starting up your Portal
Customizing the Portal home screen
Launched in the wake of multiple policy scandals that rocked the company , the device has gone from being treated suspiciously by critics to being more widely adopted by people desperate to communicate with other humans during pandemic-induced isolation. Now, Facebook has announced a move that could make the Portal more palatable to those still reluctant to put a Facebook-owned camera in their home. The company is adding support for additional videoconferencing services popular in the corporate world. In a not-at-all-odd bit of timing, Google and Amazon also announced Wednesday that they are adding support for Zoom to their Assistant-enabled smart displays and Alexa-enabled Echo displays, respectively. Owners of the countertop touchscreen devices—roughly analogous to the Portal—will be able to use them for Zoom calls later this year by syncing the devices with whatever calendar they use for Zoom meetings.
Facebook could slow down sharing
Facebook is introducing several new features to its line of Portal video chat devices today, most of which have a work-from-home bent. The most significant announcement: all Portal devices will now support the Zoom video conferencing platform. Seeing as Zoom has had a huge surge in usage over the past few months, this is a very welcome move. To install one of these apps, simply head to the App section of the Portal to search and download the one you want. According to Facebook, each app will have a consistent design language that will feel familiar to existing users of those systems.
Setting up your Facebook Portal is a super-easy process that will take you just a few minutes. Step 1 : First, you need to power up your Portal. Plug the power cord that came with it into the back of the screen, then plug the cord into the wall. If your Portal needs to download a software update, it will notify you on the screen. Step 4 : Restart your Portal as requested. Now, you can follow the on-screen instructions to give your Portal a name. The Portal will work as a photo frame if you link your Facebook or Instagram accounts, though the calling feature will still work if you only log into WhatsApp. Step 6 : Portal will now encourage you to manage your contacts.