So you got your shiny new iPhone. Time to get you acquainted with this app that all your iPhone-owning friends have been raving about – FaceTime! Allow us to guide you through what to expect of this app.
FaceTime is Apple’s proprietary video calling service, hence the name of the app. FaceTime allows iPhone users to video call (or audio call, but where’s the fun in that?) other iOS device users. The app usually does this through a WiFi connection, but the service can also be used on a robust 4G connection.
FaceTime is available for users who own an iPhone, an iPad, a Mac laptop or desktop, or even an iPod Touch. What makes the app so popular among Apple users? It conveniently allows users to have some “face-to-face time” with family, friends, and contacts when they are traveling, or they have no international long-distance calls included in their cellular plan.
In this guide, we will give you all there is to know about FaceTime, so dig in!
How to Use FaceTime on iPhone Like a Pro
We’re pretty glad you asked. Since this is a video calling app, this should be the first question we need to answer.
Making video calls on FaceTime is so easy. The FaceTime app is pre-installed on any iPhone or iPad device you purchase. In fact, it is in most iOS and Mac devices as well. FaceTime is also integrated into your iPhone’s dialer or Phone app, and the Messages app as well.
FaceTime will allow you to do video calls – that is, see the person you are calling – as long as they have the FaceTime app as well. Also, the FaceTime app only works on Apple devices, so you can’t expect FaceTime on Android or other platforms.
As long as you have a good WiFi connection or a speedy data connection, the FaceTime app should allow you to make video calls.
Make Group FaceTime Calls
One of the newer features of the FaceTime app on iOS 12.1 is Group FaceTime. Now you can finally make a group video call on Apple’s primary video calling app, and this is a feature that has been anticipated long enough by iPhone users. It’s finally here.
You can now make video calls to groups with as many as 32 contacts. If you want to know how to do this, check out these guides:
- How to Make Group FaceTime Calls on iPhone and iPad
- How to Make Group FaceTime Calls on Mac Running macOS Mojave
Record Videos or Capture Pictures from a FaceTime Call
As you will probably find out, FaceTime is fun to use in and of itself. So much fun that you will probably want to capture special moments with family in videos or pictures.
You can record FaceTime calls and capture images of these calls even without the use of a third-party app.
How to Change Your FaceTime Email Address on iPhone
- Open the Settings app and tap on FaceTime.
- Under ‘YOU CAN BE REACHED BY FACETIME AT’ tap on the email address to enable or disable it.
- Similarly, you can change your FaceTime Caller ID by tapping on the email or phone number under ‘CALLER ID.’ (What you select here will be shown to people you call; if they have not saved your details in their contact list.)
How to Add Multiple Email For FaceTime
When you try to follow the above steps, do you not see more than one email address visible under FaceTime? Here’s how to add a second, third, or more email IDs. After that, people can contact you via FaceTime using those email addresses as well.
- Open the Settings app and tap on your name from the top.
- Tap on Name, Phone Number, Email.
- Next to CONTACTABLE AT, tap on Edit.
- Tap on Add Email or Phone Number → Add an Email Address.
- Type your new email address and tap on Next.
- Enter the code you receive on the above email. And you are done! The new email is added.
- Now go back to FaceTime settings. For this, tap on <Back → <Settings from the top right of the screen. (If you see a popup, tap on Yes. After that, you may not have to follow the steps below.)
- Next, scroll down and tap on FaceTime. Here, under ‘YOU CAN BE REACHED BY FACETIME AT,’ tap on the new email ID you just added. After this, you will see a checkmark before it.
Congratulations! The new email is added to FaceTime.
To remove the email, follow the same steps, and swipe right to left on an email address. Then tap on Delete → Remove.
Check out these guides we have for these tasks:
- How to Record FaceTime Call on iPhone and Mac
- How to Capture Live Photos from FaceTime Call
- Capture Live Photos from FaceTime Call on Mac Running macOS High Sierra
Use Animoji and Memoji in FaceTime Calls
If you’ve recently bought a new Apple device, you’d probably discover the new Animoji and Memoji features soon enough. What better way to use these fancy new features than making video calls over FaceTime.
You heard that right; you can use your Animoji and Memoji to do the talking for you over FaceTime.
Check out our guide here:
Make FaceTime Calls from an Apple Watch
If you own an Apple Watch, there are two ways to trigger FaceTime usage from this device. Of course, you can’t really make a video call from an Apple Watch, so calls from this device will be audio-only calls.
First up, you can use Siri to make an audio FaceTime call to any of your contacts. You can call up Siri and say “FaceTime [name of contact].”
“You can make FaceTime audio-only calls from an Apple Watch.”
Or you can use the Apple Watch’s Phone app. Tap open the Phone app, choose a contact to call, and select FaceTime Audio as the mode to call the said contact.
At some point in time, you will come across a feature in FaceTime that may not be working as you expected. Or, you might come across legitimate bugs in the software.
Of course, we’ve got your back on those situations. Fret not, as we have guides galore showing you what to do when trouble hits.
Check out our troubleshooting guides:
- FaceTime Not Working on iPhone or iPad?
- How to Fix FaceTime “Waiting for Activation” Error on iPhone
Using FaceTime’s other related features
You may find out about these in time when you’ve explored FaceTime enough, or you could just read about them from us.
There are lots of other things you can do over FaceTime, and we’ve got the low-down for you right here.
Check out these guides:
- How to Use FaceTime Effects in on iPhone and iPad
- How to Block a Number on iPhone
- Use FaceTime Eye Contact on iPhone
- How to Enable Emergency Bypass for Specific FaceTime Contacts
That’s all, folks!
FaceTime has changed the way people were using smartphones. A face-to-face conversation with your loved ones living some distance away is a joyous experience. Apart from social conversations, people use FaceTime for business purpose as it can engage as many as 32 users in a single conversation.
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