FaceTime for Mac 1.x: Sign in to FaceTime

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Sign in to FaceTime

Before making or receiving video calls, you need to sign in to FaceTime using an Apple ID.

If you already have an iTunes Store account, an iCloud account, a MobileMe account, or another Apple account, you can use the Apple ID associated with the account. If you don’t have an Apple ID, you can create one in FaceTime.

Your Apple ID, any additional email addresses you specify, and a unique hardware identifier for your computer are sent to and maintained by Apple in order to set up FaceTime and to initiate and receive FaceTime calls between you and other FaceTime users. Your email address is displayed to the other party on a FaceTime call.

Sign in using an Apple ID

  1. Open FaceTime.
  2. If necessary, sign out of FaceTime by choosing FaceTime > Preferences, clicking Account, and then clicking Sign Out.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Enter your Apple ID and password, and then click Sign In.

    • If an Apple ID is displayed and you want to use it, enter your password, and then click Sign In.

    • If there’s an Apple ID displayed but you want to use a different one, enter an Apple ID and password, and then click Sign In.

  4. Enter the email address others can use to call you in FaceTime, and then click Next to sign in.

    If this is the first time you’ve used the email address in FaceTime, check for a new email message from Apple requesting that you verify the address is a valid one to associate with your Apple ID. Simply click the Verify Now link in the message, and then enter your Apple ID and password.

After signing in, you can add an additional email address and adjust other FaceTime settings.

Any email address you use as an Apple ID or as an additional email address for FaceTime callers can’t be in use by another Apple ID you’re using in FaceTime. For more information, see this help topic:

Manage your FaceTime settings

Create a new Apple ID

  1. Open FaceTime.
  2. If necessary, sign out of FaceTime by choosing FaceTime > Preferences, clicking Account, and then clicking Sign Out.
  3. Click Create New Account.
  4. Enter the information requested, and then click Next.

    The email address you specify will be your new Apple ID, and the password you type is the Apple ID password. The email address can’t be in use by another Apple ID.

  5. Sign in to FaceTime using your Apple ID as described above.

Sign out of FaceTime

Choose FaceTime > Preferences, click Account, and then click Sign Out.

All incoming calls are blocked until you sign in again.

Last Modified: Nov 6, 2013
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