How to Start a Group FaceTime from a Group Text

Need to do a group FaceTime call instead of a group text? Texting is great, but sometimes, you need to have a conversation face-to-face. Starting a group FaceTime from a group text message is the easiest way to start a group call. The contacts involved will be notified and can join the ongoing FaceTime chat whenever they're ready. It's quick and easy to do a group FaceTime call from a group text, so let's dive in.

Related: How to Take Live Photos during FaceTime Calls on Your iPhone

How to Start a Group FaceTime from a Group Text

  1. Open Messages.
  2. Select the group text that you want to use.
  3. At the top of your screen, select FaceTime.

  4. The contacts you're calling will receive a notification. They can then join the call.

  5. While you're waiting for your friends to connect, your screen will look like this.

  6. When you're finished with the conversation, tap the bottom of the screen to bring up the menu.
  7. Select End.

The best part is that FaceTime isn't just for local calls; international FaceTime calls are also free! You just need a Wi-Fi or cellular connection to make it work. It's so nice to be able to take face-to-face, no matter where you are.

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.