If you live in the Apple ecosystem, your preferred video conferencing method is probably FaceTime, Apple's video calling software that allows desktop and mobile users to make video calls over both Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
Unlike Windows users, who normally have to resort to Skype, Facebook Messenger, Zoom and countless other video conference apps, FaceTime just works for Mac users. That means no special account or screen name is required to access smooth meetings with 256-bit end-to-end encryption. All you need is the contact information – phone number or email address – of the person you want to contact and you're ready to start picking. We'll show you how it works.
FaceTime System Requirements
FaceTime works over Wi-Fi or through your mobile data plan. You can use FaceTime over Wi-Fi on an iPhone 4 or later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 2 or later, all iPad mini models, and iPod touch 4th generation or later. Only 5th generation and later of iPod touch supports FaceTime audio calling. If you use your mobile data plan, FaceTime works on an iPhone 4s or later, all iPad Pro models and iPad 3rd generation or later.
To make FaceTime audio and video calls on your Mac, you need to run MacOS 1
Group FaceTime video calls require iOS 12.1.4 or later, or iOS / iPadOS on iPhone 6s or later, iPad Pro or later, iPad Air 2 or later, iPad mini 4 or later, iPad (5th generation) or higher, or iPod touch (7th generation). Previous iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models that support iOS 12.1.4 can only join FaceTime group chats via audio.
FaceTime is built into MacOS and iOS. iPhones automatically register your phone number for FaceTime after activation, but you must enable FaceTime if you are using the iPad or iPod touch apps or the Mac desktop app.
- Start FaceTime from your Applications folder.
- Type your Apple ID and password or click Create new account in the left column and enter the information – name, email address, location – and click Next .
- Choose the phone number and email addresses that you want to associate with your FaceTime account and allow Apple to automatically verify your account information.
- On an iPhone, navigate to the main settings, scroll down, tap the option FaceTime and toggle the slider immediately to the right of FaceTime .
- Then, view your listed phone number and add an email address that you want to associate with your FaceTime account before allowing Apple to verify the information.
- You can also choo see which email address or phone number to display during outgoing FaceTime calls at the bottom of the menu.
Make a FaceTime video call
There are several ways to make a FaceTime call, and they all depend on the device you are using. If you are 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.
- Calling via Contacts: Tap the blue FaceTime video icon immediately to the right of the FaceTime option when viewing a contact to invite the other party to a FaceTime video call.
- Calling via Messages: Tap the ID circle above the contact's name to invite the other party to a FaceTime video call.
- Phone Call: During a phone call, tap the circled FaceTime video icon at the bottom center to reveal the other party to a FaceTime video call.
- Calling via Siri: Assuming Siri is activated and Allow Hey Siri is enabled you can press and hold the home button for two seconds or call Siri by "Hey Siri" and then "FaceTime video [contact name]" to invite someone to a FaceTime video
On iPad, iPod touch, or MacOS
- Call via Contacts: Tap or click the FaceTime video icon directly to the right of the FaceTime option when viewing a contact for the other party to a FaceTime video call.
- Call via FaceTime: Tap or click a contact and tap or click the dark gray FaceTime button in the right column to invite someone to a FaceTime video call. You can also click the blue FaceTime video icon directly to the right of the contact's mobile number, if available.
Making a FaceTime audio call
FaceTime calls with audio only are essentially Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls similar to Skype. They are similar to telephone calls, but with higher quality audio.
- Calling via Contacts: Tap the blue FaceTime audio icon directly to the right of the FaceTime option when viewing a contact to invite someone to make a FaceTime audio call.
- Call by Messages: Tap the ID circle above the contact's name, followed by the FaceTime audio icon directly below it. Then select FaceTime Audio from the pop-up menu to invite someone to a FaceTime audio call.
- Calling via Siri: With Siri activated and Allow Hey Siri enabled, you can press and hold the Home button for two seconds or call up Siri by "Hey Siri" then "FaceTime audio [contact name] "say to invite someone to a FaceTime audio call.
- Calling via Apple Watch: Say & # 39; Hey Siri & # 39 ;, press and hold the Digital Crown or tap the Siri widget on the Siri watch face and say & # 39; FaceTime [contact name] & # 39 ;. Or launch the Phone app on your Apple Watch and tap Contacts> contact name> phone icon> FaceTime Audio to chat with someone.
On iPad, iPod touch or FaceTime for MacOS
- Calling from Contacts: Tap or click the FaceTime audio icon to the left of the FaceTime option when viewing your contacts to send someone out to join for a FaceTime audio call.
- Call via FaceTime: Tap or click a contact in the list Contacts and tap or click the FaceTime Audio button to invite someone to a FaceTime call.
Making a FaceTime Group Call
] FaceTime on the iPhone or iPad supports group calls between three or more people and can also support a real video conferencing environment, with up to 32 participants in a group chat.
Call via Contacts: Start FaceTime and tap Add in the top right corner. Enter the names of your contacts, phone numbers or emails. Tap Audio or Video to start your FaceTime call. Add up to 32 participants.
Calling by Messages: Start a FaceTime group from scratch or from an existing group conversation. Tap the contacts at the top of the group conversation. Tap FaceTime and start your conversation.
To make a call on a MacOS device: Click the sidebar button during a FaceTime call, select Add person, and then type in a name, email address. or phone number and click Add .
Need more information? For additional information on how to enable and use FaceTime for both individual and group calls, see the Apple Support Center.
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