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10 things you can do with Facebook Portal



Facebook's Portal Smart screen makes more than just calls. You can use it to watch videos, play games and find out the local weather, or help you tell children's stories.

Here are tips that take you beyond make simple phone calls and some tips to make it easier to use a portal.

Play Games, Watch Videos

If you swipe left from the Home screen, you'll see a selection of apps. One of them is called Watch . The name really does not direct you to everything it does. With this you can watch featured Facebook videos, play games like Cuphead, PUBG and Far Cry 5 ($ 32 on eBay) and watch the video you saved from your Facebook -tidslinje. All you do is drag and knock what you want to do.

Get apps

You probably know that you can play iHeart Radio, Spotify and Pandora playlists on Portal by turning left but do not stop there. You can also get add-ons by tapping the Portal App icon .

Currently, the choice of apps is not that big, but Facebook tells the election to increase soon.


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Check where people call you

You can do it so people can only call the portal while at home with home and home function. Turn left on the home screen and press Settings> Incoming Call Settings> Only When You're Home . Then go to your phone and confirm that you want to use the Home and Remove feature when the alert pops up.

This will automatically automatically call your phone when you are not at home.

Tell stories

If you like to have video calls with the little kids in your life, your Story Time feature is your new favorite thing. It allows you to basically tell a story using history filters and screen tips. Story choices include The Three Little Pigs, Itsy-Bitsy Spider and Mary had some lamb.

To get started, touch the Story Time icon at the bottom of the screen. Some historical options will appear. Touch the story you want.

The person on the other side of the conversation will see a storybook scene pop up around the head and words to the story will pop up on your side so you can read the story during the video call.

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Story Time feature


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Add your local weather to Superframe

You can see current weather conditions at a glance with the Weather Superframe setting. Touch Settings> Superframe and turn Weather option .

Turn on messages for your favorites

You can set a warning when one of your favorites becomes active on Messenger or Facebook. Touch the favorite person icon on the Home screen and touch the icon in in the upper right corner of the popup window. Then switch to the Activity Message option.

When the person becomes active, your portal will make a click sound to let you know.

Zoom in

If you're having trouble seeing, and you refuse to wear your readers (like me), or just need some extra help with your glasses, there's a solution to it. Go to Settings> Availability and switch on Triple Tap for Magnification .

Now that you can not see anything, just tap it three times. The area on the screen will enlarge. To return the screen to normal size, press it three times again.

Add other accounts

No doubt your other family members or friends want to use your portal. No problem. You can add up to four accounts.

To add accounts, go to Settings> Accounts> Add Account . Then follow the on-screen instructions. Once your accounts have been set, your friends will be able to access their contacts and call your portal.

Put yourself (or someone else) in the headlight

Portals The Spotlight feature basically keeps the camera on a certain person, even in a crowded room. Turn on Spotlight by double-clicking the face of the person on the screen while in a call. A green box will pop up and you'll see a notification at the bottom right of the screen that says Spotlight On .

When you're done with the person, click the bottom right corner of the screen and select Spotlight Off .

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