Apple Watch FaceTime: Everything You Need to Know

FaceTime audio is possible on the Apple Watch as long as you have a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.

Have you ever wondered, "Can you FaceTime on an Apple Watch?" The surprising answer is yes! FaceTime audio calls are perfect for Apple devices that don’t have a camera. Unfortunately, there is no Apple Watch camera in the works just yet, at least as far as we know. But the good news is, you can make free FaceTime audio calls with your Apple Watch.

Related: How to Group FaceTime on an iPhone – iOS 13 & Later

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What is FaceTime Audio?

FaceTime audio is a free Apple service that allows you to make voice calls over the internet between Apple devices. You can make these with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, iPod Touch, and even your Mac computer. This is an excellent option for international calls or if you have no cell phone signal. It also lets you speak to someone even if you only have their email address. You can only use FaceTime audio to call someone with an Apple device. To learn more about FaceTime on Apple devices, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

How to FaceTime Audio on Your Apple Watch

There are several ways to start a FaceTime audio call on your Apple Watch. The easiest is to ask Siri to “call (contact) FaceTime Audio.” Another way is through Contacts. You need to add the person you want to call as a contact to FaceTime them. However, you do not need their phone number; an email address associated with their Apple device is enough.

  1. Press the Digital Crown on the side of your Apple Watch.

    Press the home button on your Apple Watch - Apple Support image
  2. Tap the Call app.

    Tap the call app to make a phone call on Apple Watch.
  3. Tap Contacts. You can scroll by swiping or use the Digital Crown.

    Tap contacts on your Apple Watch.
  4. Select the contact that you want to call.

    Select the contact you want to call.
  5. Tap the phone button.

    Tap the phone icon to call a contact.
  6. Select FaceTime Audio.

    Tap FaceTime audio to call for free on your Apple Watch.
  7. During the FaceTime Audio call, you can use the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch to control the volume.

    Control the volume of the FaceTime audio using the Digital Crown.

Pro Tip: When calling from your Apple Watch, your regular phone number will be used even if you have a cellular watch. Your Apple Watch will have its own phone number for billing purposes; you can learn how to find your Apple Watch phone number here.

Using FaceTime audio on your Apple Watch is a great way to reach someone who has Apple products without using any cellphone minutes. You will need either a Wi-Fi or cellular connection to make the call. It is perfect for making a free phone call to or from a device that doesn’t have a camera. For FaceTime troubleshooting tips, read this next! Otherwise, check out these different ways to make phone calls on your Apple Watch.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.