How to make a FaceTime call on iPhone, iPad, or MacSource: iMore

Making FaceTime video or audio calls is ridiculously easy to do. There's a built-in FaceTime app on every iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac, and FaceTime is also integrated into the Phone app on iPhone. As long as you're on Wi-Fi or cellular data, you can stay in touch with family and friends, even while traveling, connect with anyone in the world, even without a long distance plan, and not only hear but see the people you're talking to.

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It's like having all the people you care about most right there in front of you.

Best of all, it's easy to use!

How to make a FaceTime Audio or Video call on your iPhone or iPad

  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 numberSource: iMore

  4. Enter more names, email addresses or numbers if you want to create a group call.
  5. 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 VideoSource: iMore

How to make a FaceTime Audio or Video call on your Mac

  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 numberSource: iMore

  3. Enter more names, email addresses or numbers if you want to create a group call.
  4. 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 VideoSource: 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 callSource: iMore

How to turn off video while on a FaceTime call

  1. Start or Answer a FaceTime call.
  2. Press the Home Button (iPhones with Home buttons) or swipe up from the bottom of your screen (iPhones with Face ID) to exit the FaceTime app.

    How to turn off your video while on a FaceTime call, showing how to begin a FaceTime video call, then press the Home button or swipe up from the bottom of your screenSource: 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, showing how to activate Siri by pressing the Side button, then say FaceTime, followed by the person's nameSource: 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 FaceTimeSource: iMore

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

Update May 2020: Updated for iOS 13 and macOS Catalina.

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