How to Use FaceTime on a Mac Computer

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.


How to Use FaceTime to Make and Receive Calls

Looking to get started using FaceTime on your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) to have voice and/or video calls with your friends and family? If so, you’re in luck! In this article, we’ll be showing you how to use FaceTime to make video calls!

To use FaceTime to make calls:

1. Make sure you have FaceTime properly set up on your device.

Apple devices should come with this app installed, but you may need to make sure it is enabled first before using it. If you haven’t yet, check out our tutorial on how to set up FaceTime.

2. Open the FaceTime app.

Tap the FaceTime icon on your home screen to launch the app.

FaceTime app icon

3. Type in the name, email address, or phone number of one of your contacts.

If you already have them saved in your phone, you can simply type their name and tap the suggestion when it appears. For anyone else, type their full email address or phone number.

Enter contact information

4. Tap the Video Camera to make a video call, or the Phone to make a voice call.

By tapping the video camera button, the person you’re calling will be able to see you, and whatever you point your device’s camera at. By tapping the phone button, they will only be able to hear you – not see you – just like a regular phone call.

Choose voice call or video call

5. At the top of your screen, select Video or Audio to see your call history.

Tap either Audio or Video to see a list of calls you’ve made of each type. You can tap someone’s name in your call history to call them again.

FaceTime call history

You can also make a FaceTime call through your device’s address book, which we’ll explain how to do below.

 Making FaceTime calls from contacts

1. Open the address book on your device.

Tap the contacts icon on your home screen to access your virtual address book.

Contacts app icon

2. Scroll through your contacts to find one of your friends who also has an Apple device.

Look through your list of contacts and find one of your friends that you know has an Apple device.

Scroll through contacts

3. When you find their name in your address book, tap their name to open their contact information.

Once you’ve found the friend you want to call, tap their name on your screen.

Choose a contact to call

4. Finally, tap the Video Camera icon to call that contact through FaceTime video chat.

To call your friend on FaceTime, tap the Video Camera below their name.

Video camera icon

That’s how to call someone through their contact entry on your device. Next, we’re going to cover what a FaceTime call looks like, and what each of the buttons you’ll see are for.

Controls within a FaceTime call

Tap the Camera with Arrows to switch between cameras.

Switch between cameras button

Tap the Microphone to mute/unmute your own audio.

Mute and unmute button

Tap the Red Phone button to end the call.

End call button

3 tips for making FaceTime calls on iOS

1. Make sure the person you’re trying to call has an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch).

Unfortunately, FaceTime is only available on Apple devices, so you won’t be able to call someone through the app if they have a different type of phone or tablet.

2. Connect to Wi-Fi before starting a video call, if you can.

To prevent yourself from accidentally using up a chunk of your data plan, connect your device to a Wi-Fi network (if you’re able to) before starting a video call through FaceTime.

3. Try to be patient while waiting for your friend to answer.

Sometimes, FaceTime calls can take a little bit to get properly connected. If your friend seems to be taking a while to answer, it could just be that your call is still connecting.

 

That’s it for our guide on how to use FaceTime on iPhone and iPad. We hope you found it helpful! Check out the rest of our Facetime course to learn more about how to use FaceTime, or our next article if you want to learn how to use it on a Mac. Leave us a comment below if you have any questions.


How to Set Up Facetime on iPhone/iPad/iPod

Want to use FaceTime to call and video chat with your family and friends, but not exactly sure how to get started? Not to worry, we can help you. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps of setting up the app on your iOS device.

How to set up FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

1. Open the settings on your device.

Tap the silver gear icon on your home screen to access your settings.

Apple device settings

2. Scroll down, and tap FaceTime.

Slide your finger upwards across the screen to scroll down. When you see the FaceTime category appear, tap on it.

FaceTime category in settings

3. Move the toggle over to enable FaceTime on your device.

Slide the toggle to the right to turn it on. When the slider turns green, it has been enabled.

Enable FaceTime toggle

4. Tap Use Your Apple ID for FaceTime, and sign in to your Apple account.

Log in to your Apple ID account using your email address and password.

Sign in to Apple account

5. Select which email address(es) associated with your Apple ID you want to use for FaceTime.

Select which address you want people to be able to call you at, and which one you’d like to show up as your caller ID when you call someone. When a check mark appears beside an address or phone number, you’ve selected it. Tap on an already-checked address to deselect it.

Select recipients

 

That’s it! Now you’re all set to begin using FaceTime. In our next tutorial, we’ll show you how to make voice and video calls. Check out the rest of our FaceTime course to learn more. If you have any questions, leave us a comment below!