Setting up your Facebook Portal is a super easy process that will take you just a few minutes. First, you need to power up your Portal. Plug the power cord that came with it into the back of the screen, then plug it into the wall. 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. One of the biggest uses for Portal is using it as a photo frame. To set this feature up, go to the Home screen and tap Settings , then tap Superframe and Photos. Next, your Facebook photo albums will appear on the screen. You can also upload photos to your Portal using the Portal app.
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You can have up to 4 accounts linked to your Portal TV. The accounts you add must be Facebook friends with an account already connected to your Portal TV. Your Portal contacts are the Facebook friends, Messenger connections and WhatsApp contacts of all accounts linked to your Portal. With Portal, you can make and receive calls to and from your Facebook friends, Messenger connections and WhatsApp contacts. You can add or remove photos by tapping the toggle next to any albums or photo collections listed in the Superframe settings menu. When you're not on a call, Superframe can display photos of your choosing. You can remove apps from your Portal home screen by pressing and holding on the app, selecting the X on the app you'd like to remove and tapping Done to save your edits. After you set up your Portal, you'll have a selection of apps already installed and a selection of apps available for download. Tap the app you'd like to connect and follow the on-screen instructions. App availability differs based on the location where you use Portal.
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With a new update today, the Facebook Portal can be used exclusively with a WhatsApp log-in and calls — no Facebook account needed. Previously, the Portal could call people on WhatsApp, but callers still needed to create and log in with an active Facebook account. The original countertop Portal and the new Portal TV are genuinely great video-chatting devices, with clear pictures, easy-to-use interfaces, fun face filters, and a smart camera that makes it seamless to have several people onscreen even little ones who move around a lot. Of course, I also realize that nobody wants one in their home, because, you know…what dummy would allow an always-on Facebook video camera into their home? Now you can use WhatsApp to log in and make calls to other WhatsApp users. WhatsApp calls are end-to-end encrypted, which is more secure than just the Portal via Messenger calls. The new features will roll out starting today. Notopoulos writes about tech and internet culture and is cohost of the Internet Explorer podcast. Contact Katie Notopoulos at katie buzzfeed. Got a confidential tip?
When I was little, I communicated with my grandparents on the other side of the globe through awkward, truncated phone calls, letters sprinkled with foreign languages, and care packages full of dried mangos and underwear. FaceTime has been an immeasurable improvement, but it's not perfect. I can convince my 2-year-old and 4-year-old children to sit in front of an iPad Mini for only a few minutes at a time. They stare blankly at my parents, who sit on a couch thousands of miles away and stare right back at them.