How to Use a Filter on a FaceTime Call

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The FaceTime app is the free Apple live chat app, and it's a fun way to connect with friends and family when hearing their voice just isn't enough. This video chat app, one of the best, is even better with FaceTime filters. There are lots of filters for FaceTime to choose from, so you'll always find something to fit your mood, including a cartoon filter, a few black and white choices, and much more. We've already shown you how to FaceTime, how to group FaceTime, how to use your iPhone as a webcam, and how to use Memoji, Animoji, and stickers during your FaceTime call. Now, let's get started learning how to put filters on FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad. 

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

To Use a Filter During Your FaceTime Call:

  1. Open the FaceTime app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Choose from the list of previous calls, or tap the plus to choose the person you'd like to call.

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  3. Enter the number in the To: field, or tap the number from the list of suggestions that appears.
  4. Tap Video.

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  5. Tap the effects icon to the left of the red circle.
  6. Tap your filter, then tap X to return to the call. The person you called will be able to see and hear you while you're selecting, including all the filters you're trying out, but you won't see them until you tap the X.

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  7. Here's an example of how your call will appear once you've tapped the x to leave the effects choice area.
  8. You can get rid of the filter or choose a different one at any time by tapping the effects icon again.

I hope you enjoy adding filters to your FaceTime calls! Next, get tips on how to look good on Zoom.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and 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.