How To FaceTime On Your iPhone and iPad

Making FaceTime calls on your iPhone and iPad is very simple. Apple has provided a built in app on every iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac. FaceTime can also be accessed through the Phone app as well. As long as you’re on Wi-Fi or cellular data you can stay in touch with your loved one from anywhere in the world. The best part, seeing them!

Turn on FaceTime

Activating FaceTime on your device is simple.

  • Go to Settings
  • Scroll to FaceTime
  • Toggle FaceTime on

Toggle Switch

If you’re using an iPhone your phone number will automatically be registered. If using an iPad you’ll need to register your email address.

  • Tap Settings
  • Scroll and tap FaceTime
  • Make sure you’re signed in with Apple ID
  • Add a check mark next to the emails and numbers where you can be reached on FaceTime, now you’re set!

iPad FaceTime Settings

Initiating a Call

  • Open FaceTime
  • If this is the first time using it, you will see a black background with a gray video icon.
  • Tap on the + icon at the top right corner.
  • Start typing a name of someone in your contacts list or scroll through the list and choose the contact you’re looking for. If the contact is not an Apple user you will not be able to choose it.
  • Choose Audio or Video to make the call. My guess, you’ll want to use video.

Add Contacts

Tap Video

Creating a Group Call

It’s as simple as following the directions above, then keep hitting the + icon to add more names, or type the names of people in your contacts list.

Group Call

How to Add Someone to The Group Call Already in Session

In the middle of your call you decide there’s someone else you’d like to add.

  • Simply tap directly on the FaceTime screen
  • Swipe up on the bar to pull up on the menu
  • Tap Add person
  • Tap on the + icon now type or tap on the contact you want to add.
  • They will receive a notification to join the call.

Adding a Person to call

Setting Up a Group FaceTime Call Within Messages

Maybe you have a group text with family or friends and you’d like to get everyone on a FaceTime Call. So simple to do.

  • Open Messages
  • Locate the group message
  • Tap the Contacts icons at the top of the screen
  • Tap FaceTime when you see it appear.

 Group Facetime using Text


It’s as simple as that!  You can add up to 32 participants but that can get a little crazy. I’d suggest starting out with as few as possible and adding people as you get used to it.

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