Facebook expands its smart home reach with a refresh that includes two new devices. Facebook introduced two new Portal devices in addition to a refresh of its inch Portal smart screen this week. They join the first-edition Portal Plus , which has not been updated. The devices are designed primarily with video calling in mind and are controlled using Facebook's own "Hey, Portal" voice service, as well as via built-in Alexa functionality. Conversations over privacy have eclipsed sales of Portal devices over the last year, making clear the social networking giant is battling its own reputation for market share. Not to mention, stiff competition from the likes of Apple , Google and Amazon have further thwarted Facebook's attempt to stake a serious claim in the fast-growing smart home space.
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Facebook's video calling smart display connects you with friends and family
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.
Adjust privacy features
This is a guide to help you set up and start using your Portal. Scroll down for Portal TV instructions. Before setting up your Portal, make sure to review our health and safety guidelines. To set up your Portal, you'll need a Facebook or WhatsApp account. If you're having trouble using your Portal's touchscreen during setup, learn more about turning off accessibility options. Once your Portal is plugged in, follow the on-screen instructions to begin setup.
For Facebook fans, it has become a serious smart device contender, and you can read what we think about it in our review. But for those who have a Portal or may be getting one soon, we want to focus on what exactly this smart display can do that really sets it apart. Check out these tips for how to get the most from your Portal. Superframe, the smart screen itself, is what controls the photo slideshow your Portal displays when not being actively used. Head to S ettings, and you will find the ability to set the cycle speed of photos 10 or 15 seconds and, more importantly, where your photos are coming from.