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Why I Love Using Facebook Portal to Stay Connected With Family & Friends (+ Get $50 Off!)

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Stay connected with family & friends!

Life as we know it has changed over the past few weeks. With social distancing in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been stuck in our homes – away from friends, family, and co-workers. 🙃 While we may not be able to see our favorite people in person right now, we can still see them via video chatting!

And what better way to socialize with friends & family than with Portal by Facebook!? Read my full review below.

portal mini in box

What is Portal… and what can it do?

Portal by Facebook is a device that allows you to stay connected with family and friends using video calling. But it does more than just that! You can also enjoy music, videos, news, games, and more from Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio, YouTube, Facebook Games, and the Food Network right inside the Portal!

There is no monthly fee to use it – just plug it in the wall and connect it to your Wi-Fi to start using. So easy!

Because I need a little more fun in my life these days, I recently tested out the Portal Mini and couldn’t believe how easy and really FUN it was to use! 🤗 It was also so great to be able to connect with my family and see their beautiful faces. ❤️


Here are a few awesome features of Portal:

Portal Mini on counter

1. Talk to ANY of my friends & family.

What I love about Portal is that I can easily video call any of my friends and family on their smartphones and tablets, even if they don’t have Portal. All they need is either the Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp mobile apps, which are free for both iPhone or Android devices!

For peace of mind, there’s even a button on the device that allows you to turn off the camera and/or microphone for added security. So you don’t have to worry if someone is listening in when you don’t want them to!


woman with smiling emoji filter

2. Have fun on calls with face filters!

This is my favorite feature – it’s so fun and definitely brings a lot of laughter! 🤣 In fact, my mom almost spewed her coffee across the room when she saw my background transform into a bunch of smiley faces!

With Portal, there are different face filters you can apply that will change your voice, add goofy faces, or change the background. They’re not necessarily any different or more high tech than Snapchat or Instagram filters, but using them on a video call is way more fun — and everyone LOVES them!


woman making face using filters

3. Capture fun photos & videos off calls, too.

Not only can you add fun face filters during a call, but you can access Portal’s Photo Booth while off a call to capture hilarious photos or videos and share them instantly on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. You can even add various masks, filters, and effects to the photos and videos for even more fun!

woman using filter on camera

Because who wouldn’t want to share this photo on their social media platforms?! 🤣


person on portal mini video call

4. Become fun characters on Story Time.

Practice your storytelling skills! With Story Time on Portal, you can become some of your children’s favorite storybook characters as you read along to well-loved tales like Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. Kids can follow along while you bring stories to life with fun music, animation, and effects!


woman on video screen

5. Move freely with the smart camera.

Say goodbye to hearing “Wait, I can’t see you anymore?!” when you step out of viewing range. All Portals include a Smart Camera that pans and zooms to keep up with the action – so you’re not limited to standing in one place!

Whether you have little kids who are running circles around the living room or you’re making dinner and moving around the kitchen while chatting, you don’t have to worry about sitting or standing still. As you move around your space, the camera automatically adjusts to keep everyone in view – a great feature for the viewer!

It can also capture a very wide angle, which means it’s great at fitting two or more people into the frame without them having to awkwardly squish their heads together. Also, Smart Sound enhances the voice of whoever is talking, while minimizing that distracting background noise. So awesome!


woman and man in Portal Mini display

6. Display your favorite photos.

Have a family photo you just love? 🥰 When you’re not in a call, Portal basically acts as a digital picture frame and will display your favorite Facebook and Instagram photos, making it a great display for counters and tables. Plus, you can easily add or remove the photos that you want displayed on the Portal with the free Portal app.

Portal will also give you Facebook birthday reminders and show you when friends are available to connect!


screen showing piano music

7. “Alexa, play some relaxing music!”

Portal’s built-in Alexa feature conveniently allows you to listen to your favorite music, set a timer, watch the news, get the weather, control your smart home, and more – all hands-free! Just say “Alexa, what’s the weather?” or “Alexa, add milk to my shopping list” and she’ll respond to your commands.


facebook portal mini apps

8. Stay connected with Portal’s built-in apps.

In addition to Alexa Built-In, there are several other built-in apps that allow you to enjoy music, videos, news, games, and more! Built-in apps include Prime Video, Spotify, Pandora, Food Network, Words with Friends, Draw Something, ABC News, Facebook Watch, and many others. So whether you’re searching for a new dinner recipe or catching up on the news, you’ll be able to find what you need in the Portal apps.


blue screen on Portal Mini

Want to try a Portal for yourself?

While there are plenty of other video chatting options out there, I thoroughly enjoyed using the Portal Mini – it was super fun, easy to use, and helped me stay connected with the ones I love!

Don’t miss this sweet deal!

Right now you can save $50 when buy 2 devices – no promo code needed! Consider buying one for you and someone you can call!

Check out the following deal ideas:

Buy 2 Portal 8″ Mini Devices $129 each
Total = 258
Minus $50 discount
Shipping is free
Final cost $208 total shipped – just $104 each!


  • Includes: Smart video calling, Story Time, AR experiences and more. 8” HD adaptive display that matches lighting and color of your room, plus front-porting stereo speakers and a rear woofer.

Buy 2 Portal 10″ Devices $179 each
Total = $358
Minus $50 discount
Shipping is free
Final cost $308 total shipped – just $154 each!


  • Includes: Smart video calling, Story Time, AR experiences and more. 10” HD adaptive display that matches lighting and color of your room, plus front-porting stereo speakers and a rear woofer.

Buy 2 Portal+ 15.6″ Device $279 each
Total = $558
Minus $50 discount
Shipping is free
Final cost $508 total shipped – just $254 each!


  • Includes: Smart video calling, Story Time, AR experiences and more on a 15.6” HD rotating screen. Full-range drivers and a 4” woofer fill your room with deep bass and rich sound.

On the fence about purchasing a Portal? There’s nothing to lose! You can try worry-free as your order includes fast and easy returns within 30 days.

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Comments 6

  1. lala

    The smart camera feature is an awesome selling point that makes all the difference from other video chatting. Now I’m off convince the family…

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Good luck!

  2. Marachiru

    As if Facebook wasn’t already listening to our conversations… every time I’m on the phone with someone, next thing you know I start seeing Facebook ads for the exact things mentioned in my conversation. I personally don’t care for Alexa, Siri and all this in my house. Technology has become way too invasive as it is. I just can’t wait until Facebook becomes history and people finally wake up and stop using it

    • Dana

      Yeah. It’s a no for me

  3. DANIELLE

    Which size one is in your demo?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Danielle! That one is the Portal Mini 8″. 😊

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