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How to Use FaceTime on iOS – 2018 Updated Guide

Mar 29, 2017
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FaceTime is a video chat service, provided by Apple. With FaceTime, you are able to make audio and video calls by using your Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection, with other iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac users. This is all done for free. The video chat service works in the same way as Skype, Viber and other VoIP alternatives. However, you need to keep in mind that FaceTime only works on devices made by Apple. You cannot use FaceTime to call an Android device.

FaceTime has been available since the release of iOS 5, on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A front camera is required to make video calls. The person that you are video calling will also appear on your screen. You could see FaceTime as a regular phone call, but with the ability to see each other. The iPhone 4 was the first device that supported FaceTime.

The support expanded dramatically after its first release, as the popularity grew. The following video is a short promotion, showing what you are able to do by using FaceTime on your iPhone etc.

Activating FaceTime

By going to Settings > FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you are able to enable the feature. FaceTime is linked to the phone numbers and email addresses that you used to register your Apple ID. If you want to call someone using FaceTime, you are going to need the phone number or email address of that person.

The most convenient way of making a FaceTime call depends on the person you are calling. If you are calling an iPhone, it is best to try the phone number. If you are calling an iPad, iPod Touch or Mac, it is best to call by using the email address assigned to your contact. After all, these three devices can’t make calls.

To check whether your friends and family use FaceTime, it is best to go into your address book. The contacts that have a FaceTime button next to their name have Facetime enabled on their device. The contacts that do not have this button cannot be called using FaceTime.

When you activate FaceTime on your device, a text message will be send to the Apple servers. Keep in mind that you can be charged for that text message. However, most providers offer a nearly unlimited texting service, so you will probably not get a larger bill.

How to make a FaceTime call

There are several different ways of making a FaceTime call. The following steps will explain each of those ways. It doesn’t matter which way you go with, they all let you use FaceTime.

Method 1
  1. Tap on the FaceTime app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac
  2. Tap on the contact that you want to FaceTime with
  3. Wait until your contact answers
  4. You are now in a FaceTime call
Method 2

  1. Go to your address book on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac
  2. Tap on the contact that you want to FaceTime with
  3. Tap on the FaceTime button on that contact’s profile
  4. If the FaceTime button is not there, that contact doesn’t have FaceTime
  5. If the FaceTime button is there, wait until your contact answers
  6. You are now in a FaceTime call
Method 3
  1. Open the iMessage app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac
  2. Tap on the conversation of the contact that you would like to call
  3. At the top of your screen, you will see a FaceTime button
  4. Tap on the FaceTime button
  5. Wait until your contact answers
  6. You are now in a FaceTime call
Method 4

  1. Look on your screen during a regular call
  2. You will see a FaceTime button, if your contact has FaceTime activated
  3. Tap on the FaceTime button to turn a regular call into a FaceTime call
  4. You are now in a FaceTime call
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Sinan Yildiz
Sinan Yildiz is a Freelance Reviews Writer at AppInformers and enjoys writing about games and apps way more than he should. He is passionate about technology, likes to develop websites as a hobby and is a PC gaming fanatic. He dreams of being a video game writer and seeing his work in AAA games one day.