How to use FaceTime on iPhone or iPad

how to use FaceTime

how to use FaceTime

FaceTime is Apple’s video and voice-calling app. You can use FaceTime to chat or call your friends and share your day with them. If you and your friend both use a device which supports FaceTime, you can simply use it with push of a button. If you want to find out more about how to use FaceTime, follow this guide.

In order to use FaceTime you need:

  • An iPhone 4 or newer models, 4th generation iPod touch or newer models, iPad 2 or newer models
  • A Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or higher with the FaceTime app installed on it
  • Internet connection (WiFi or cellular)

It is totally a piece of cake to use this application, but there are still some points you need to know.

How to set up and use FaceTime

In order to use a FaceTime call, you first need to make sure that you and your friend have turned on FaceTime feature on your devices.

To make sure your FaceTime is on:

Open Settings from the springboard. Depending on the version of your iOS you need to go to Phone menu or you need to find FaceTime in your Settings. When you found FaceTime, make sure that the slider next to it is switched on.

Also, make sure that you have a phone number or email address defined for your FaceTime. If not, follow the instructions to add email or phone number (phone number is only available for iPhone).

When you have made sure your FaceTime is all set, connect your device to WiFi. 3G/4G LTE would also work but since video calling has high data usage, WiFi connection is recommended.

How to make a FaceTime call

there are two ways to make a FaceTime call:

  1. Call someone as you would normally do and then tap on the FaceTime icon next to their name
  2. Go to your Address book, FaceTime app, or Messages. Find the person you would like to FaceTime with and tap on the FaceTime icon.

On iOS 7 and higher, the FaceTime audio call feature is available. This feature allows you to make voice calls which of course takes less data compared with video calls.

How to FaceTime on Android

FaceTime is not the only video calling app, but its popularity is beyond doubt. Now,  Android users may wonder if it is possible to use FaceTime on their devices. Well the answer is no. This means that Apple doesn’t support FaceTime on Android devices and you can’t use this app if you are an android user.

Alternatives to FaceTime for Android devices can be Skype, ooVoo, and imo which allow their users to make voice and video calls.

Note : You can only make FaceTime phone calls with devices that support this feature. If you see a question mark on FaceTime icon when you are trying to make a call, this means that your friends can’t accept FaceTime calls probably because FaceTime is not enabled or supported on their device.

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