How to Use a Filter on a FaceTime Call (2022)

Learn how to have filters on FaceTime calls in just a few easy steps!

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

The FaceTime app is the free Apple video chat app, and it's a fun way to connect with friends and family when hearing their voices just isn't enough. You can use filters on FaceTime just like you can with Instagram, Snapchat, Tik Tok, and more. There are a bunch of FaceTime filters for iPhone, including a FaceTime beauty filter, a few black and white choices, and much more. Let's get started learning how to put filters on FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad. Also, check out our updated comprehensive FaceTime guide for more cool ways to use the FaceTime app!

Related: Does FaceTime Use Data? Here’s How Much & How to Turn FaceTime Data Off

To Use a Filter During Your FaceTime Call:

To learn how to get effects on FaceTime, as well as all FaceTime backgrounds, filters, and animoji, follow the steps below. If you want more fun tips about how to use your FaceTime and your iPhone, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

  1. Open the FaceTime app on your iPhone or iPad.

    Open the FaceTime app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Choose from the list of previous calls, choose Create Link to schedule a meeting or FaceTime with Android users, or New FaceTime and begin a new video call.

    Choose from the list of previous calls, choose Create Link to schedule a meeting or FaceTime with Android users, or New FaceTime and begin a new video call.
  3. In your own face square, tap the Effects icon that looks like a little star. 

    In your own face square, tap the Effects icon that looks like a little star. 
  4. Next, tap the three color dots, also known as the Filter icon.

    Next, tap the three color dots, also known as the Filter icon.
  5. From here, you can scroll through the various FaceTime filters and choose the one you like! 

    From here, you can scroll through the various FaceTime filters and choose the one you like! 

I hope you enjoy adding filters to your FaceTime calls! Next, learn how to FaceTime without Wi-Fi and get tips on how to look good on Zoom. If needed, you can also learn how to make international calls for free on your iPhone

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.