If you’re an Apple fan, your preferred video conferencing method is probably FaceTime, the video calling software that allows desktop and mobile computer users to make video calls over Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Don’t you know it? Are you new to the apple ecosystem? Here we will explain how to use FaceTime.
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With FaceTime, you don’t need a special account or screen name to access seamless conferences with end-to-end 256-bit encryption. All you need is the contact information (phone number or email address) of the person you want to talk to and you are good to go.
While FaceTime was originally designed for Mac, iPhone, and iPad users only, Apple’s iOS 15 update allows other platforms to enter your FaceTime calls for the first time.
With iOS 15, when you initiate a FaceTime call from an iPhone, you can now invite people using Android devices or Windows computers. We give you detailed information on the main aspects of using FaceTime, including the new features available in iOS 15.
FaceTime works over Wi-Fi or via a mobile data plan, and works on iPhone 4 or later, as well as all iPad Pro, iPad 2 or later, all iPad mini models, and fourth-generation iPod Touch or later.
To make FaceTime video and audio calls on your Mac, you must be running MacOS 10.9 or later, have a working internet connection, and log in to FaceTime with your free Apple ID.
You will also need the built-in or connected microphone for audio and the connected camera for video calls. Recipients of FaceTime communications must have a Mac with MacOS 10.9.2 or later, a microphone, an iOS device with iOS 7 or later, or an iPadOS device.
Group FaceTime video calls require iOS 12.1.4 or later or iOS / iPadOS on an iPhone 6s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or later, iPad mini 4 or later, iPad (5th generation) or later, or iPod Touch (seventh generation).
Older iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch models that support iOS 12.1.4 can join Group FaceTime chats via audio only.
FaceTime is built into MacOS and iOS and iPhone, both of which automatically register your phone number for FaceTime after activation, but you’ll need to enable it if you’re using the iPad or iPod Touch apps, or the Mac desktop app.
- Launch FaceTime from the applications folder.
- Enter your Apple ID and password or click Create new account in the left column and fill in the information (name, email, location) and click on Next.
- Choose the phone number and email addresses you want to associate with your FaceTime account and allow Apple to automatically verify your account information.
- On iPhone, go to Main Settings, scroll down, tap Facetime and activate the slider to the right of Facetime.
- Check the listed phone number and add the email address you want to associate with your FaceTime account before allowing Apple to verify the information.
- You can also choose which email address or phone number you want to appear during outgoing FaceTime calls at the bottom of the menu.
There are several ways to make a FaceTime call, and they all depend on the device you are using. If you’re using an iPad, iPhone, or the FaceTime app for Mac, you must first add a person as a contact using the FaceTime or Contacts app before you can call them.
- Call through Contacts: Tap the FaceTime icon just to the right of the contact to invite the other party to a FaceTime video call.
- Call from Messages: tap on the identification at the top of the contact’s name to invite the other party to a FaceTime video call.
- Call by telephone– Touch the circled FaceTime video icon in the bottom center during a phone call to invite the other party to a FaceTime video call.
- Call via Siri: assuming Siri is activated and you have activated «Hey siri«, Just press and hold the Home button for two seconds or invoke Siri by saying“Hey siri” and later “FaceTime video [nombre de contacto]»To invite someone to a FaceTime video call.
On iPad, iPod Touch or MacOS
- Call through Contacts– Tap or click the FaceTime icon just to the right of the contact to invite the other party to a FaceTime video call.
- Call via FaceTime– Tap or click a contact and press the dark gray button Facetime located in the right column to invite someone to a FaceTime video call. Alternatively, click the FaceTime icon to the right of the contact’s phone number, if available.
FaceTime audio calls are essentially Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls similar to Skype. They look like phone calls, but with higher quality audio.
- Call through Contacts– Touch the FaceTime icon to the right of the contact to invite them to a FaceTime audio call.
- Call via Messages: the contact icon at the top and then the FaceTime icon below; Choose FaceTime Audio from the pop-up menu to invite you to a FaceTime audio call.
- Call via Siri: with Siri activated and “Hey siri”Enabled, you can press and hold the Home button for two seconds or invoke Siri by saying“Hey Siri “ and later “FaceTime audio [nombre de contacto]” to invite someone to a FaceTime audio call.
- Call through Apple Watch: gave “Hey Siri “ Either press and hold the digital crown or tap the Siri widget on the Siri watch face and say “Facetime [nombre de contacto]”. You can also launch the Phone app on your Apple Watch and tap Contacts> contact name> phone icon> FaceTime Audio to chat with someone.
- Call through contacts– Tap the FaceTime audio icon to the left of the contact to invite them to a FaceTime audio call.
- Call via FaceTime: Click on a contact in the list of Contacts (edit) and later on the audio button of Facetime to make the FaceTime call.
FaceTime on iPhone or iPad supports group conversations between three or more people and can also support a true video conferencing environment, with up to 32 participants in a group chat.
- Call through contacts: Launch FaceTime and tap the button New FaceTime in the upper right. Enter the names of your contacts, phone numbers or emails. Tap the icons for Audio or Video to start your FaceTime call. Add up to 32 participants.
- Call through messages– Start a Group FaceTime from scratch or from an existing group conversation. Tap the contacts at the top of the group conversation. Tap FaceTime and then start your call.
- Call on a MacOS device– Click the button in the sidebar during a FaceTime call, select Add person, then enter a name, email address, or phone number and click Add.
Do you need more details? See the Apple Support Center for additional information on how to enable and use FaceTime for individual and group conversations.
With iOS 15, you can now include Android users in a FaceTime call. While you still need an Apple device, such as an iPhone or iPad, to initiate the call, now anyone can participate.
Calling or chatting via FaceTime with Android is as simple as sending a web link to join the call. Approve anyone who tries to join the call through that link, to block strangers.
- Launch FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap the button Create link in the upper left.
- Choose how you want to send the link. You can send it via text message, email, or through third-party messaging apps on your device, like Teams or Slack.
- You can see the FaceTime screen after you’ve sent the link.
- Touch FaceTime link on the left to initiate the call from your iPhone or iPad.
- Touch Join.
Anyone with the link can click on it, enter their name, and request to join the conversation. As a host, you approve everyone who wants to join by tapping the green check mark button.