How to Make a FaceTime Call on iPhone, iPad, or Mac

Smartphone and tablet with active group video chat

Apple has changed the video call game with FaceTime and, even though the Apple ecosystem is very competitive, FaceTime is where it is. It is pre-installed on all devices. Therefore, if a user has a Mac or iOS device, he also uses FaceTime.

It's this omnipresence that is the strength of FaceTime, because nobody should wonder if a particular person has already installed a particular application. But while everyone else has it, how do you use it exactly?

Make a FaceTime call on an iPhone or iPad

To make a FaceTime call on an iPhone or iPad, you need to follow the same process, whether you're using an Apple phone or tablet. So we will cover both of them. We use screenshots for iPhone, but if you use an iPad, the interface is essentially the same, but a bit more spacious.

For starters, and we probably will not need to explain this part, open the FaceTime app on your iPhone or iPad.

Open the FaceTime app

Now, tap the "+" icon in the upper right corner of the screen to launch a new FaceTime call.

Tap the plus icon to start a call

Then, start typing the name of the person you want to add to a new FaceTime call. If you prefer, you can also tap the "+" icon to the right of the "To" box and select your recipients manually, but the input method is the simplest and fastest method available.

If the person you are looking for has a device with FaceTime enabled, their contact will be colored blue. If it's gray, they can not receive FaceTime calls.

Type the recipient's name

Once you find the person you want to add to a call, tap the name. You can repeat this procedure for up to 31 participants from iOS 12.1 and macOS Mojave 10.14.1 (FaceTime supports 32 people, but one of them is you). When everyone is selected, press the "Audio" or "Video" button to initiate the call.

Press Audio or Video to make a call.

Make a FaceTime call on a Mac

Making a FaceTime call on a Mac is certainly easier than on an iPhone or iPad, but starts again by opening the FaceTime application. To do this, we suggest you press Command + Space to open Spotlight, type "FaceTime" to search for the application, and then press the Return key once it is displayed. Otherwise, if it is in your Dock (as on all new Macs), a click on this button will work as well.

Spotlight Search for the FaceTime App

Now that FaceTime is open, click in the search box and start typing the name of the person you want to call. Once you see their name, click on it or press Back.

Type the name of the person you want to call

Once you have added all the people to call (32 total participants (including you) from iOS 12.1 and macOS Mojave 10.14), you can click the "Audio" or "Video" button to launch the program. call. If a button is not green, this type of call is not available.

Tap Audio or Video to start the call

Whether you're using an iPhone, iPad or Mac, you can end a call by pressing the red "End Call" button as you would for a standard phone call.


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