How to make group FaceTime calls on iPhone and iPadSource: iMore

For years, FaceTime was limited to just one-on-one conversations. That all changed a couple of years ago when Apple released Group FaceTime calling. With this, you can participate in Group FaceTime and FaceTime Audio calls with up to 31 other people (for a total of 32). It's great for keeping in touch with a group of people, and you can launch them not only from the FaceTime app, but from a group iMessage thread, too.

Here's how to make group FaceTime calls on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to place a group FaceTime call using FaceTime on iPhone and iPad

Using the FaceTime way is the most obvious way to place a FaceTime group call, and there are some changes to the way you place calls in iOS 12.1.

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  1. Open FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the + button in the upper-right corner.
  3. Enter the name or number of a person you want to call.

    Open FaceTime, tap +, enter name or numberSource: iMore

  4. Enter up to 30 additional contacts.
  5. Tap Video or Audio to place your FaceTime call.

    Add more contacts, tap Video or AudioSource: iMore

How to place a group FaceTime call using Messages on iPhone and iPad

FaceTime is also better integrated into the Messages app. You can use that integration to place a group FaceTime call to members of a group iMessage thread.

  1. Open Messages on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on a group conversation or start a new one.

    Open Messages, tap a group MessageSource: iMore

  3. Tap the avatars of the conversation participants in the top-center of the screen.
  4. Tap FaceTime.

    Tap avatars, tap FaceTimeSource: iMore

How to join a group FaceTime call in Messages on iPhone and iPad

You can also join an in-progress group FaceTime call from a group iMessage thread if it's between people in that thread. Here's how.

  1. Open Messages on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on a group conversation with an open FaceTime call.
  3. Tap the green Join button in the FaceTime message bubble.

    Open Messages, tap conversation, tap JoinSource: iMore

Questions?

If you have any questions about using FaceTime group calls on iPhone or iPad let us know in the comments.

Updated March 2020: Up to date for iOS 13.

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