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What is FaceTime?

FaceTime is an app developed by Apple Inc. It allows you to make calls – both video and audio – using your wi-fi connection or your mobile phone network. The app is free to download, and it is also free to use, which means that using FaceTime to place your calls can save you considerable amounts of money over time. The other nice thing about using the FaceTime app is that it works on practically every Apple device.

Why use FaceTime?

You can use the FaceTime app to speak with others who also own an Apple device in most regions across the world. It is the perfect app to speak and see your family members or friends no matter where they are. FaceTime is typically the sort of technology that makes long-distance relationships possible as two individuals can speak for free every day all day if they wish to. It is the ultimate way to share special moments and keep your loved ones connected to your everyday life, at the touch of a button.
Available in the Middle-East, in Africa, in North and South America as well as all of Europe, FaceTime helps you speak to people living overseas without in the process, incurring a huge cost on your next phone bill. 

The FaceTime app also supports audio and video calls for individuals and groups up to 32 participants. To start a group call, simply open FaceTime on your device,  tap the + button in the upper-right corner, enter the name or number of a person you want to call, enter up to 30 additional contacts and tap Video or Audio to place your FaceTime call and chat with your friends.

All in all, FaceTime is an excellent app that you should download and use on your Mac or other iOS device. Read on to see how you can use it.


Use it on your iPad

You can easily open the app on your iPad. It already comes pre-installed as the default app on your device’s list of applications. To open the app, simply tap on its icon. However, for first-time users of the app, it is necessary to sign in with your Apple ID.

To sign in to your Apple ID, you will need to go to Settings and then you need to click on FaceTime. You can enable the app on your iPad by first entering Settings and then ensuring that FaceTime is switched ON. To make the most of the app, be sure to add email addresses for all your friends and family members who you wish to contact via FaceTime.

What is FaceTime

FaceTime iPhone

FaceTime also works well on an iPhone. In fact, this is how most users connect to the app. In order to use FaceTime on your iPhone, you will first need to register your phone number on your iPhone. You will also need to add your email address on your iPhone. To do this, go to Settings and then click on Facetime followed by USE YOUR APPLE ID for FaceTime. After this, sign in to your Apple ID account.

FaceTime for Android

Unfortunately, Apple does not make FaceTime available to Android or Windows users. To host video and audio calls on Android, you need to get one of the Android-compatible apps that has the features you want from FaceTime, such as Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp or Google Hangouts. Once you've found the right app, get our friends and family to install the same app on their phones. 

Receive and make calls with the FaceTime app

Once you are signed in, you can both receive and place calls via FaceTime. To make a call, you must have the phone number or email address of the person you wish to contact via FaceTime. If you have already saved their names in your Contacts List, then simply enter their name and tap on the icon named Video or Audio call.

FaceTime App
If you do not have their names in your contacts list, then type their phone number or email address, then tap on either Video or Audio call to start the call. After clicking on the Audio or Video icon, your call will be connected. As soon as the person you called answers, you can start speaking with them.

To know more about your call history, you will need to click on the INFO icon. It is also possible to switch from a normal call to a FaceTime call during a conversation. To switch to FaceTime during a call, tap on the FaceTime icon and then use the FaceTime video call feature.

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Use FaceTime for Mac

It is also easy for you to use FaceTime on your Mac. If you own a new Mac, then the app is already pre-installed. If you own an older model, then you will need to download the app from the Mac App Store. Next, enable the app by visiting FaceTime and then Preferences and ensure that the app has been switched on.

Next, open the FaceTime app and use your Apple ID and password to log in. Make sure that your phone number has been set as the Caller ID. You can do this by visiting FaceTime and then Preferences. Now, you can begin using the app on your computer.

After using the FaceTime app, you may want to check how you can improve communication with your family members and friends.

 FaceTime iPhone

On your Apple device, you need to go to FaceTime and open the app. Next, tap on the PLUS button and type the name, email address or phone number of the person you wish to speak with. To create a group call, you can enter additional names, email addresses or phone numbers. To initiate the call, tap on the Audio or Video icon. This same procedure also works on your Mac.

To exit the video feature during a call, you will need to Start or Answer the FaceTime call. Next, click on the HOME BUTTON on your iPhone 8 or later, or you can swipe up on your iPhone X or later to exit the FaceTime app.

Voice command with Siri

You can also use Siri to initiate a FaceTime call. On iPhones 8 or later, click on the HOME BUTTON and swipe up on iPhone X or later version. Say FaceTime and wait till Siri prompts you to say the name of the contact. Siri will then connect you to that person.

FaceTime on Apple TV

You can also use FaceTime with your Apple TV. Repeat the same procedure as described in the previous paragraph and then tap on Screen Mirroring. Next, click on the device on which you wish to mirror the screen of your iPhone, and follow the procedure to make a normal FaceTime call.

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