Apple Watch FaceTime: Everything You Need to Know

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

Jump To:

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. To see an example of a tip we would send you, check out how to transfer a call from Apple Watch to iPhone.

iPhone Life
Discover your iPhone's hidden features
Get a daily tip (with screenshots and clear instructions) so you can master your iPhone in just one minute a day.

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.

Master your iPhone in one minute a day: Sign up here to get our FREE Tip of the Day delivered right to your inbox.


Author Details

Olena Kagui's picture

Author Details

Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life. In the last 10 years, she has been published in dozens of publications internationally and won an excellence award. Since joining iPhone Life in 2020, she has written how-to articles as well as complex guides about Apple products, software, and apps. Olena grew up using Macs and exploring all the latest tech. Her Maui home is the epitome of an Apple ecosystem, full of compatible smart gear to boot. Olena’s favorite device is the Apple Watch Ultra because it can survive all her adventures and travels, and even her furbabies.