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New in iOS 15: FaceTime now works on Android, no iPhone required. This is how you set it up



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In iOS 15, you can join a FaceTime call from your iPhone, Android, or Windows device.

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Android and Windows users have a reason to celebrate: you’ll soon be able to make FaceTime calls with your iPhone-wielding friends. Apple revealed the news at its annual Global Developer Conference on Monday, along with several others updates for iOS, iPadOS and MacOS.

FaceTime will receive several upgrades in the near future iOS 15 operating system that makes it look and act more like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, including a participant roster and the ability to schedule calls. The new operating system also brings spatial audio to FaceTime, making people’s voices sound as if they’re coming from their position on the screen for a more natural feel. But perhaps the most exciting thing is opening access to non-Apple devices – at least when using a web browser.

iOS 15 is generally released in the fall (here is’ how to download the developer betaversie now). After you download the new operating system, here’s how to join FaceTime calls regardless of the device you’re using.

Join a FaceTime call from your Android or Windows device

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Android and Windows users can join FaceTime calls from their browser, if they have a link.

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If you’re using an Android or Windows device and have a friend or family member with an Apple device, they can send you a link to a FaceTime call via text, email, WhatsApp, or calendar invite. Once you have received the link, all you have to do is click on it and it will open in your browser. You can join the conversation from there. That is it!

One caveat with this update: To schedule or start a FaceTime call, you need an Apple device and an Apple account. Then you can create a shareable link to invite others, who can join from their browser on Android or Windows devices – no Apple account needed. But those participants can’t join the conversation until the Apple user who set it up approves them.

Apple noted at WWDC that even on the Internet, FaceTime calls are always end-to-end encrypted.

Check it out for more FaceTime Tips and Tricks, and everything else you need to know about iOS 15.






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