How to Use FaceTime



How to Use FaceTime

Four Parts:

This wikiHow teaches you how to set up and use FaceTime to make video or audio calls. You can do this on your iPhone or Mac.

Quick Summary

1. Enable FaceTime inSettings.
2. OpenFaceTime.
3. Select a contact.
4. Tap the video camera to call.
5. Tap the camera icon to flip the camera.
6. Tap the microphone icon to mute or unmute.
7. Tap the red phone icon to disconnect.

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Steps

Setting up FaceTime on Mobile

  1. Open your iPhone's Settings .It's a grey app with gears on it. You'll likely find it on the Home Screen.
  2. Scroll down and tapFaceTime.It's about a third of the way down the Settings page.
  3. TapUse your Apple ID for FaceTime.You'll find this option near the middle of the page.
  4. Enter your Apple ID email address and password.Type in the email address and password that you use to log into your Apple account.
  5. TapSign In.It's below the sign-in window. This will enable additional options on the FaceTime page.
  6. Make sure your phone number and email address are correct.Beneath the "YOU CAN BE REACHED BY FACETIME AT" heading in the middle of the page, check the phone number and email address to ensure that they are correct.
    • Phone numbers and email addresses with checkmarks next to them are currently places people can reach you via FaceTime.
    • Tap a checked email address or phone number to remove the checkmark.
  7. Slide FaceTime right to "On" .This switch is at the top of the screen. The switch will turn green when FaceTime is enabled.
    • If the switch is already green, FaceTime is enabled.

Setting up FaceTime on Mac

  1. Open FaceTime.It's a green app with a white video camera icon on it. You'll usually find FaceTime in your Mac's Dock.
  2. Enter your Apple ID email address and password.Type in the email address and password that you use to sign into your Apple account, then pressReturn.
  3. ClickFaceTime.This menu item is in the top-left side of your Mac's screen.
  4. ClickPreferences.It's near the top of theFaceTimedrop-down menu.
  5. Make sure your email address is enabled.Beneath your Apple ID email address at the top of the page, you should see a checkmark next to "Enable this account"; if there isn't a checkmark, click the box to the left of the text to enable your account.
  6. Review any additional phone numbers and email addresses.Beneath the "You can be reached for FaceTime at:" heading in the middle of the page, you should see your phone number and any connected email addresses. Make sure addresses and numbers at which you want to be contacted have checkmarks next to them.
    • You can also clickAdd Emailto add another email address to your FaceTime profile.
  7. Click the FaceTime window.Doing so will return you to FaceTime, where your preferences should be up-to-date. You can now make FaceTime calls from your Mac using your Apple ID, as well as receive them at any registered email addresses.

Calling on Mobile

  1. Open FaceTime.This app is green with a white video camera icon. You'll usually find it on the Home Screen.
  2. Select a contact to call.Tap the text box near the top of the screen, type in a name (or phone number, or email address), and then tap the contact's name when they appear. This will open their contact page.
    • You can also tap the+icon in the top-right corner of the screen and then scroll to and tap a contact's name.
  3. Tap a "Call" icon.Tap the video camera icon to make a video call, or tap the phone icon to make an audio-only call. These icons are on the far-right side of the screen, across from the contact's name.
  4. Wait for the call to connect.When your contact picks up, you should be able to see them within a few seconds if you're making a video call.
    • If a FaceTime contact calls you, tap the greenAcceptbutton to take the call.
  5. Switch your FaceTime camera.Tap the camera icon in the lower-left side of the FaceTime screen to switch between your phone's front camera and the rear-facing camera.
    • If you're using a FaceTime audio call, you can tap theFaceTimebutton to switch to a video call at any time.
  6. Mute your audio.Tap the microphone icon in the lower-right side of the FaceTime screen to prevent audio from your side of the call from going through.
  7. End the call.Tap the red circle at the bottom of the screen to hang up.

Calling on Mac

  1. Open FaceTime if it isn't already open.Click the FaceTime icon in your Mac's Dock to do so.
  2. Type in a contact's name, email address, or phone number.Do this in the text bar at the top of the FaceTime window.
    • You can also click the+icon to bring up a list of your contacts.
  3. Click a contact's name.You'll see their name appear below the text bar; click it to open their contact card.
  4. Click a "Call" icon.You'll see these icons to the right of a contact's name. Click the video camera icon to make a video call, or click the phone icon to make an audio-only call.
  5. Wait for the call to connect.Once it does, you should see (or, in the cast of audio-only calls, hear) your recipient.
    • If your contact calls you, clickAcceptto take the call.
    • You can end the call by clicking the redEndbutton.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    Can I use FaceTime on my phone without a SIM card?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, but only if you have it set to use your Apple ID. Go to Settings and make sure your Apple ID is entered correctly, then select it as your Caller ID option.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How can I take a picture of the person that I am FaceTiming?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Just take a screenshot. Press the home and power button at the same time.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Why are my contacts highlighted in red?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Contacts in red cannot be reached. If all of them are red, check your WiFi connection or restart FaceTime. If only some of them are red, your two devices might be incompatible until one of you updates.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Why do I keep getting this message: "Touch to resume FaceTime"?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You get this because if you are on another page on your device, but FaceTiming at the same time and if you touch that message, you will automatically go back to the FaceTime page.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I return to regular audio phone?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    End the FaceTime call. Then call someone by clicking the phone button instead of clicking FaceTime.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    What does it mean when it says that the person I'm trying to FaceTime isn't available?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It usually means that the person wasn't at their phone at the time to accept your call. It could also mean they rejected your call or that their phone is dead/off.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I add a name to my FaceTime contacts?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    On a mobile device, go to your regular phone contacts and click "Add to Favorites." On a desktop, click Contacts at the bottom of the window, then the + button at the top.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Why is it that I can see the person I'm calling, but they only see a black screen?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    This often happens if the other person has a poor WiFi connection. It will sometimes fix itself if you hang up and call again, or if the person seeing black quits FaceTime from the Task Bar and relaunches it.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Does the computer I'm using have to be an Apple? Does the person I'm speaking with have to be on an Apple computer?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You both need to be on Apple devices. iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, iPod Touch, or a Mac computer.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    What is the red number in the corner of the desktop icon?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    This tells you the number of missed calls or other notifications. If you've got the bug that keeps it there forever, go to the FaceTime settings and turn off "Badge App Icon."
    Thanks!
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  • FaceTime works best when both parties have a reliable wireless connection.

Warnings

  • Using FaceTime on 3G or 4G may incur large data usage charges. Make sure you have ample remaining data in your monthly plan before you use FaceTime without a wireless connection.

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