How to Use FaceTime to Stay in Touch

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Want to know how to use FaceTime to talk to your friends and family? If you're trying to find a more personal way to keep in touch, FaceTime is a great option! FaceTime has features you can use like call waiting, and the option to pick between video calls or audio only. Below, I show the first thing you need to know about FaceTime: how to make a FaceTime audio or video call. The person you call will also have to have FaceTime enabled on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Related: How to Group FaceTime on an iPhone

How to Make a FaceTime Call

We've already gone over how to make a group FaceTime call, how to use call waiting in FaceTime, and how to mute audio and pause the video in a FaceTime call. Plus, get tips on how to look good on video. For more great Apple device tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day.

  1. Open the FaceTime app.
  2. Tap the plus icon in the upper right corner to select someone to call.

    open FaceTimeadd contact
  3. If you are starting a FaceTime call with someone who is not saved to your contacts, type their phone number or email address in the To: field. If the person is saved to your contacts, you can start typing their name. If the contact has FaceTime, their contact info will be blue. 

    find saved contact in FaceTime
  4. Or, you can tap the plus icon on the right of the To: field and open your Contacts list.
  5. Tap a name; if they have FaceTime, you'll see it as an option and can tap video camera icon to add the contact to the FaceTime call.
  6. You can add more than one person in the To: field to make a group FaceTime call.

    add person to call in FaceTimeFaceTime option for contact
  7. Tap Audio to make an audio-only call.
  8. You'll see a menu of options similar to a regular phone call, including putting the call on speaker.

    tap audioFaceTime audio menu
  9. Tap Video to start a video call. You'll see a menu for the video call, including flipping the camera from facing the front to back.
  10. When the other person picks up, you'll see them on the screen, with the view from your camera in the upper right.

    tap videoFaceTime video call menu

Now you can make and enjoy FaceTime calls! If you have any issues such as FaceTime not working, learn how to troubleshoot. Did you know that you can also use FaceTime to watch movies and listen to music with your friends using SharePlay and share your screen to help friends and family troubleshoot tech problems?

Pro tip: You can even use your Apple Watch to make FaceTime calls, as long as you don't mind them being audio only.

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Hallei Halter

Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.