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You can't FaceTime with an Apple TV — but you can with an Xbox

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)

What you need to know

  • Anyone wanting to use FaceTime on the big screen can use an Xbox.
  • Xboxes have USB ports so a webcam can be connected.
  • The built-in Microsoft Edge browser allows people to join FaceTime calls.

There is currently no way to use FaceTime on an Apple TV, but it turns out you can use it just fine if you're willing to plug a webcam into your Xbox. If you really, really must.

The process of getting FaceTime up and running on an Xbox is surprisingly simple, actually. One Reddit user has shown how it's done — just plug a Logitech C930 webcam into an Xbox and then use the Microsoft Edge browser to join an emailed FaceTime link. That's it.

Facetime In Xbox

Facetime In Xbox (Image credit: u/JavonTEvans)

The whole thing works thanks to iOS 15's support for FaceTime calls in the browser, something that is being leveraged here. That means that anyone can join a FaceTime call so long as they have a camera and a web browser — two things the webcam addition means the Xbox can check off without too much fuss.

Just as MacRumors points out, the lack of a USB port on the Apple TV means that this is a non-starter on Apple's little black puck, although using something like /AirPLay does offer some sort of workaround. You'll still need an Apple device to hand, of course, something that sort of ruins the point somewhat.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

1 Comment
  • "There is currently no way to use FaceTime on an Apple TV..." And that's a dam shame. Yea it doesn't have the (presumed) requisite USB port, but that could change. Apple could even make a dedicated camera/mic, ala FaceBook Portal TV, but require an Apple TV to keep cost down, without adding a USB port. (Keep people from buying Logitech or other cameras to perpetuate the lock-in.) Better still, how about an Apple TV in a soundbar configuration, using HomePod speaker tech, with a camera that supports Center Stage focusing. Still if you are using FaceTime, likely you have Apple products. A nice stand and AirPlay works wonders. P.S. I know how to spell dam. Apparently you can't use that word here.