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How to make a FaceTime call on iPhone, iPad, or Mac

How to make a FaceTime call on iPhone, iPad, or Mac
How to make a FaceTime call on iPhone, iPad, or Mac (Image credit: iMore)

Video calling has risen in popularity over the past few years and it's definitely a good way to keep in contact with one another when we can't physically see our loved ones. Apple has its own video call app called FaceTime and it comes built-in to pretty much every Apple device, including your favorite iPhone, iPad, and Mac. As long as you have Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection, you're just a few taps away from seeing and connecting with your favorite people.

Here's how to make a FaceTime call on the best iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to make a new FaceTime call on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

  1. Launch FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the New FaceTime button.

Make new FaceTime call on iOS 15: Launch FaceTime, tap New FaceTime (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Type in the contacts that you want to FaceTime with. This can be done by name, email address, or number.
  2. If you want to FaceTime with a group, just continue to enter more names, email addresses, or numbers until you have everyone.
  3. Tap the Audio or FaceTime Video button to start your call.

Make new FaceTime call on iOS 15: Type in a contact or select a suggested one, then tap FaceTime Audio or Video button (Image credit: iMore)

How to turn off video or mute yourself while on a FaceTime call in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

  1. Start or answer a FaceTime call.
  2. Tap the Microphone or Camera toggle on the floating toolbar on the call.

Turn off video or mute yourself on FaceTime call in iOS 15: Start or answer a FaceTime call, then tap the Microphone or Camera toggle on the floating toolbar (Image credit: iMore)

A new feature in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 is that if you are muted and you try to speak on a FaceTime call, you'll get a notification informing you that you're muted — just tap it to unmute yourself.

How to make a FaceTime call on macOS Monterey

  1. Launch FaceTime on your Mac.
  2. Click New FaceTime.

Make a FaceTime call in Monterey: Launch FaceTime, click New FaceTime (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Enter the contacts that you want to call.

Make a FaceTime call in Monterey: Type a contact or click a suggested one (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Click FaceTime.

Make a FaceTime call in Monterey: Once you select the contact you want to FaceTime, click FaceTime (Image credit: iMore)

To pause the video or microphone, just click on the camera or microphone buttons at the bottom of the FaceTime screen.

How to create a FaceTime call link for non-Apple devices

In iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, Apple introduced the ability to allow non-Apple devices to join FaceTime chats. However, in order to do this, one must create a web link to a FaceTime chat first.

You can create a FaceTime call link on your iPhone and iPad, or make a FaceTime call link with your Mac.

If you're on the receiving end of a FaceTime call link, here's how to join a FaceTime call on the web.

How to make a FaceTime audio or video call on iOS 14 and older

  1. Open FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the + button.
  3. Type the name, email address, or number that you want to call.

Make a FaceTime call on iPhone or iPad, showing how to open FaceTime, tap the + button, then type in a name, email address, or phone number (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Enter more names, email addresses or numbers if you want to create a group call.
  2. Tap Audio or Video to start your call.

Make a FaceTime call on iPhone or iPad, showing how to enter additional names as desired, then tap Audio or Video (Image credit: iMore)

How to make a FaceTime audio or video call on macOS Big Sur and older

  1. Open FaceTime on your Mac from your Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Enter the name, email address, or phone number of the person you want to call.

Make FaceTime calls from your Mac, showing how to open FaceTime from your Dock, then enter a name, address, or phone number (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Enter more names, email addresses, or numbers if you want to create a group call.
  2. Click Audio or Video to start your call.

Make FaceTIme calls from your Mac, showing how to enter additional names, email addresses, or phone numbers as desired, then click Audio or Video (Image credit: iMore)

How to switch from a regular call to FaceTime on your iPhone

  1. Look at the call menu that appears when you're on a phone call.
  2. Tap the FaceTime button to initiate a FaceTime video call.

Switching from a regular phone call to a FaceTime call, showing how to view the call menu, then tap FaceTime button to start a video call (Image credit: iMore)

How to turn off video while on a FaceTime call on iOS 14 and older

  1. Start or Answer a FaceTime call.
  2. Swipe up from the bottom of the toolbar to reveal more options.
  3. Tap the toggle for Camera Off to turn off your video.

Turn off video while on a FaceTime call on iPhone by showing: Swipe up from the bottom pane, tap Camera Off (Image credit: iMore)

Doing this will cause your video to pause, though the other person on the call will still hear your audio.

How to use Siri to place a FaceTime call

  1. Press and hold the Home button (iPhones with a Home button) or the Side button (iPhones with Face ID), or say "Hey Siri" to activate Siri.
  2. Say "Facetime [name]. Alternatively, say "FaceTime" then wait for Siri to prompt you before speaking your contact's name.

Use Siri to place a FaceTime call on iPhone by showing: Activate Hey Siri, say FaceTime, then say the name of the person you want to FaceTime with (Image credit: iMore)

Now all you have to do is wait for Siri to connect.

How to use FaceTime with Apple TV

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen (iPhones with Home buttons) or Swipe down on the right corner of your Home screen (iPhones with Face ID).
  2. Tap Screen Mirroring.
  3. Tap on the device to which you want to mirror your iPhone's screen.

Use FaceTime on an Apple TV, showing how to swipe down from the top-right corner, then tap Screen Mirroring, then tap the Apple TV you want to use with FaceTime (Image credit: iMore)

After that, just complete the steps of making a FaceTime call on your iPhone or iPad.

Stay in touch through FaceTime

As you can see, it's quite easy to make FaceTime calls on all of your Apple devices, including the iPhone 13, iPad, and even on the best Mac. There are some minor changes with how to make a FaceTime call in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey compared to previous software iterations though, which is why we included both versions for the time being. Regardless, FaceTime is a great way to stay in touch with all of your family and friends when you're too far apart.

Updated March 2022: Updated with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey steps.

Christine Chan
Christine Chan

Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.