How to Make a FaceTime Call

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If you're trying to find a better way to keep in touch, FaceTime is a great option! FaceTime has features you can use like call waiting, and we have a FaceTime guide you can browse to learn more about this helpful video and audio calling app. Below, I show the first thing you need to know about FaceTime: how to make a FaceTime audio or video call. The person you call will also have to have FaceTime enabled on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Related: How to Use a Filter on a FaceTime Call

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To start a FaceTime call: 

  • Open the FaceTime app. Tap the plus in the upper right corner to select someone to call.

open FaceTimeadd contact

  • If you are starting a FaceTime call with someone who is not saved to your contacts, type their phone number or email address in the To: field. If the person is saved to your contacts, you can start typing their name. If the contact has FaceTime, their contact info will be blue. 

find saved contact in FaceTime

  • Or, you can tap the circled plus icon on the right of the To: field and open your Contacts list.
  • Tap a name; if they have FaceTime, you'll see it as an option and can tap it to add the contact to the FaceTime call.
  • You can add more than one person in the To: field to make a group FaceTime call.

add person to call in FaceTimeFaceTime option for contact

  • Tap Audio to make an audio-only call.
  • You'll see a menu of options similar to a regular phone call, including putting the call on speaker.

tap audioFaceTime audio menu

  • Tap Video to start a video call. You'll see a menu for the video call, including flipping the camera from facing the front to back.
  • When the other person picks up, you'll see them on the screen, with the view from your camera in the upper right.

tap videoFaceTime video call menu

Now you can make and enjoy FaceTime calls! 

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Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.