How to Use FaceTime on a Mac Computer

Last updated: April 25, 2017 - 8:14pm EDT

Want to use the FaceTime app built into your Mac computer to call and video chat with your friends and family, but not sure how it works or how exactly to use it? Don’t worry, we’ll show you the ropes. In this article, we’ll show you how to use FaceTime on Mac.

To use FaceTime to call on your Mac:

1. Launch the FaceTime app on your computer.

Click on the FaceTime icon in your computer program dock, or from Launchpad, to start up the program.

Launch FaceTime app

2. In the text box, type in the name, phone number, or email address of the contact you want to call through FaceTime.

In the text box at the top of the window that appears, type in your contact’s name, email address, or phone number. Remember that in order for you to be able to reach them, they have to have an Apple device with their own app enabled.

Choose contact to FaceTime with

3. Click the Video Camera to start a video chat, or the Phone icon to begin an audio call.

To make a video call to the contact you’ve selected, click on the Video Camera beside their name. If you just want to make an audio call (without video), click on the Phone icon.

Choose video or audio call

4. Wait for your friend to answer your call!

While your call is being made, you’ll see the word “Dialing” appear on your screen. Once your friend has accepted your call, you’ll see the word “Connecting.” If they don’t answer, you will be notified that your friend was not available.

FaceTime call ringing

Mac FaceTime controls while in a call

Click the Microphone button to mute or unmute your microphone.

Mute and unmute microphone

Click the Red Phone button to end your call.

Hang up FaceTime call

 

That’s everything you need to know about how to FaceTime on Mac. We hope it helped you out! Be sure to read over the rest of the articles in our FaceTime course to learn more, and if you have other Apple devices, read our article on how to FaceTime with iPod, iPhone, or iPad. If you have any questions or want to let us know your experience with this app, leave us a comment below.

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