How to make a FaceTime call from your iPad or iPod touch

Apple's free video calling service, FaceTime, is available on every iPad since the 2011 iPad 2, and iPod touch since the 2010 iPod touch 4. Because FaceTime requires an internet connection, on the iPod touch and non-cellular iPads, you need to be connected to Wi-Fi to make a call. On an iPad or iPad mini with cellular, you can FaceTime any time, from anywhere, you just need to keep an eye on your data limit, if any. Unlike the iPhone, FaceTime on the iPad, iPad mini, and iPod touch is a separate app. Tap it, and you're ready to call any other FaceTime user!

How to make a FaceTime call from your iPad or iPod touch

  1. Launch the FaceTime app from the Home screen of your iPad or iPod touch.
  2. On the right hand side, you'll see the list of contacts that you have in your Address Book. Tap on the one you'd like to make a FaceTime call to.
  3. You'll now see that person's Contact Card. You can select either their phone number or email. Remember they must have a FaceTime capable device as well or the session will fail.
  4. The FaceTime call will now initiate.
  5. When the person on the other side accepts the video call you'll see your iPad or iPod touch say Connecting. After this, you should be able to communicate freely. That's all there is to it.

How to get more help with FaceTime

If you need more help with using FaceTime on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac, check out the articles below, or head on over to the iMore forums.

  • How to make a FaceTime call from your iPad or iPod touch
  • How to turn off video while on a FaceTime call
  • How to make a FaceTime call from your Mac
  • How to watch FaceTime calls on the big screen with Apple TV