Use FaceTime on your Mac

Learn how to use FaceTime to make video and audio calls with one or more people.

the FaceTime app icon

To use your Mac for FaceTime audio or video calls, you need a Mac with OS X Lion 10.7 or later, an Internet connection, and a built-in or connected microphone or camera.

  

Make a FaceTime call

Open the FaceTime app and sign in with your Apple ID, if prompted.

Then use the search field to enter the email address or phone number of the person that you want to call. If that person is already in your contacts, you can just enter their name.

  • To make a FaceTime video call, click the FaceTime video button Video.
  • To make a FaceTime audio call, click the FaceTime audio button Audio. 
  • Or ask Siri to ”FaceTime John” or ”FaceTime audio Lisa,” for example.

Learn what to do if your camara or mic doesn't work.

Answer or decline a FaceTime call

When someone calls you with FaceTime, a notification appears in the upper-right corner of your screen. Click Accept or Decline, or use the Touch Bar to accept or decline.

  • If you click Down caret button next to Accept, you can choose to accept as FaceTime audio instead of FaceTime video. 
  • If you click Down caret button next to Decline, you can choose to send a message or set a reminder to call back later.

To stop receiving FaceTime calls on your Mac, open FaceTime, then choose FaceTime > Turn FaceTime Off from the menu bar.

Learn what to do if your camara or mic doesn't work.

Use Group FaceTime

If you're using macOS Mojave 10.14.3 (build 18D109) or later, you can use Group FaceTime to chat with up to 32 people. Each person's tile automatically increases in size whenever someone speaks.

FaceTime shows up to 4 or 9 live video tiles at the same time, depending on your Mac model. These tiles represent the most active speakers. Other participants show an exclamation point.

Make a Group FaceTime call

Open the FaceTime app, then use the search field to enter the email addresses or phone numbers of the people that you want to call. If a person is already in your contacts, you can just enter their name.

  • To make a Group FaceTime video call, click the FaceTime video button Video.
  • To make a Group FaceTime audio call, click the FaceTime audio button Audio. 
  • To make a Group FaceTime call from a group in your recents, click the new FaceTime video call icon, then click the FaceTime icon to start the call.
  • To make a Group FaceTime call from the Messages app, go to a conversation, click Details, then click the FaceTime video call button or the FaceTime audio button.

Answer or decline a Group FaceTime call

Use any of these ways to join a Group FaceTime call that someone else started:

  • To join the call from a notification, click Join.
  • To join the call from the Messages app, click Join in the group conversation in Messages. 
  • To join the call from the FaceTime app, click the FaceTime icon next to the active call, then click the FaceTime icon to join.

Add a person to a Group FaceTime call

  1. Click the sidebar button to show the sidebar.
  2. Click the add person button to add a person.
  3. Enter your contact's name, email, or phone number, then click Add.

Change your settings during a call

Move your pointer over the FaceTime window during a call to show the onscreen controls.


   

the sidebar button

Click to hide and show the sidebar. From here you can add the add person button more people, see who is on the call, and message the message button everyone on the call.

 

the mute microphone button

Click to mute and unmute your microphone.

the mute video button

Click to mute and unmute your video.

the full screen button

Click to take your FaceTime call full screen.

 

the end call button

Click to end your FaceTime call.

 

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