After a long wait group calling has finally been added to FaceTime. Even better, iOS 12 allows you to make a group FaceTime call from your iPhone or iPad with up to 32 people at a time. So, the next time you wish to kickstart an endless debate with your friends, pick out the stock video calling app to relish gung-ho conversation.
Personally, I had expected the group calling to arrive in Apple’s video calling app. But I didn’t think that it would allow users to go on air with so many people at once. Anyway, better late than never!
Is your iPhone or iPad Compatible with Group FaceTime call?
Apple has just introduced a user guide for iOS 12.1. What could be bad news for many users, even if your device can run the latest version of the iOS, you may not be able to use this feature. The tech giant has noted that iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus can only support group audio call.
Following iOS Devices Don’t Support Video Group FaceTime:
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPad mini 2
- iPad mini 3
- iPad Air
Below iPhone Models Fully Support Group FaceTime Calls (Both video and audio based calls)
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
Following iPad Models Fully Support Group FaceTime Calls:
- The iPad Pro (all models)
- iPad Air 2, iPad 2017
- iPad 2018
- iPad mini 4
How to Start a Group FaceTime Call on iPhone and iPad
Side note: Ensure that your device is fully supported and rocking iOS 12.1 or later.
Step #1. Launch FaceTime on your iOS device.
Step #2. Now, tap on “+” button at the top right corner. Then, you need to enter the name or number of the person you wish to call.
You can now add up to 30 additional contacts. So, don’t fail to include the ones with whom you always enjoy having a long conversation.
Step #3. Finally, tap on Video or Audio to start a call.
Once you are done, tap on the red “X” button to finish the call as usual.
You will be able to make a FaceTime call from Messages app as well. It’s just as simple.
Add Someone During the Group FaceTime Call on iPhone
Missed to bring some of your friends to the party? Mention not. You can add your friends during the on-going group FaceTime call as well.
Assuming the group FaceTime call is live on your iPhone, swipe up from the bottom handle.
Next, tap on the “+” button and then enter the name of the friends you wish to add to the running video call. Up next, hit the Add Person to FaceTime.
How to Start a Group FaceTime Call using Messages on iPhone and iPad
Step #1. Launch Messages app on your iOS device and then select a group conversation.
Step #2. Now, you need to tap on the group name at the top center.
Step #3. Next, tap on FaceTime icon.
Join Group FaceTime Calls
The participants of the group can take part in the call with ease.
To do so, simply tap on a group conversation with the on-going FaceTime call. Then, tap on the Tap to Join.
That’s all folks!
Over to You
Though FaceTime had always been one of my favorite video calling apps, I hadn’t been using it much due to the lack of group calling functionality. Now, that it’s been added to it, I’m going to return to it more often than not.
What’s your take on the improvement that has arrived for the stock video calling app for iOS? Do toss up your thoughts in the comments below.
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