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 added support for group FaceTime calls.

Now, you can participate in FaceTime Video and FaceTime Audio calls with up to 31 other people (for a total of 32). We'll show you how to start or join a group FaceTime call.

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

The FaceTime app is the most obvious place to start when it comes to placing a FaceTime group call. It's pretty simple to set up with the below instructions.

  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.

    How to make group FaceTime calls: Open FaceTime, tap + button, enter name or numberSource: iMore

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

    How to make group FaceTime calls: Add more contacts, tap Video or AudioSource: iMore

If you are already in a FaceTime call and want to add another person to the call, you can do so by tapping Add People and entering their name or number.

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.

    How to make group FaceTime calls: 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.

    How to make group FaceTime calls: 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.

    How to make group FaceTime calls: Open Messages, tap conversation, tap JoinSource: iMore

All together

FaceTime is one of the best iPhone features for keeping in touch with friends and family. As shown above, group FaceTime calls are so easy to start from your iPhone or iPad meaning that you can easily get chat with a bunch of people all at once.

Updated May 2022: Updated for iOS 15.