You can use FaceTime over Wi-Fi1 or over mobile data on supported iOS or iPadOS devices.2 FaceTime isn't available or may not appear on devices purchased in the United Arab Emirates. Group FaceTime and FaceTime Audio are not available in China mainland on iPhone and iPad with mobile data.
- Turn on FaceTime
- Make a FaceTime call
- Answer a FaceTime call with call waiting
- Hand off a FaceTime call to another device
- Record a video or audio message
- Create a link to a FaceTime call
- Add reactions and video effects
- Share your screen
- Use SharePlay to watch and listen together
- Spatial Audio in FaceTime
- Filter background sounds
- Blur the background with Portrait mode
- Turn on Live Captions in a FaceTime call
Turn on FaceTime
Open the FaceTime app and sign in with your Apple ID. You can also do this from Settings > FaceTime.
If you're using an iPhone, FaceTime registers your phone number automatically.
If you're using an iPhone or iPad, you can register your email address:
- Open Settings.
- Tap FaceTime, then tap Use your Apple ID for FaceTime.
- Sign in with your Apple ID.
Make a FaceTime call
To make a FaceTime call, you need the person's phone number or registered email address. There are a few ways to make a FaceTime call:
- In the FaceTime app, tap New FaceTime and type the person's phone number or email address. Tap the number or email address, then tap the Audio button or FaceTime.
- If you've saved the person's phone number or email address in your Contacts,3 you can start typing their name and tap the name when it appears. Then tap the Audio button or FaceTime.
- You can also start a FaceTime video call from your iPhone during a phone call. Tap the FaceTime icon in the Phone app to switch to FaceTime.
Answer a FaceTime audio call with call waiting
When another call comes in – either a phone call or another FaceTime audio call – you can choose one of these options:
- End & Accept: end the current call and accept the incoming call.
- Hold & Accept: accept the incoming call and put the current call on hold.
- Decline: decline the incoming call.
Hand off a FaceTime call to another device
All devices must be using iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura or later
You can move FaceTime calls seamlessly from your iPhone to your Mac or iPad, and vice versa. When you hand off a call, your connected Bluetooth headset will transition to the new device simultaneously.
Record a video or audio message
If someone doesn’t answer your FaceTime call, you can leave them a video or audio message.
Create a link to a FaceTime call
You can create a link to a FaceTime call and send the link to others using apps such as Messages or Mail. They can use the link to join or initiate a call.
Add reactions and video effects
During a FaceTime call, you can add full-screen video effects and reactions that fill the camera frame with fun 3D augmented reality effects such as hearts, confetti, fireworks and more.
Share your screen
You can share your screen with others in a FaceTime call to look at photos, browse the web or help each other out.
Use SharePlay to watch and listen together
Spatial Audio in FaceTime
Spatial Audio in FaceTime makes it sound like your friends and family are in the room with you. Their voices are spread out and sound like they're coming from the direction in which each person is positioned on the screen, helping conversations flow more naturally.
Spatial Audio is supported on these devices: iPhone XR, iPhone XS models and later, iPad (8th generation) and later, all iPad Pro 11-inch models, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and later, iPad Air (3rd generation) and later, and iPad mini (5th generation) and later.
Filter background sounds
When you want your voice to be heard clearly in a FaceTime call and other sounds to be blocked out, you can turn on Voice Isolation, which prioritises your voice in a FaceTime call and blocks out the ambient noise.
When you want your voice and all of the sounds around you to be heard in a FaceTime call, you can turn on Wide Spectrum to leave ambient noises unfiltered.
Voice Isolation and Wide Spectrum are supported on these devices: iPhone XR, iPhone XS models and later, iPad (8th generation) and later, all iPad Pro 11-inch models, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and later, iPad Air (3rd generation) and later, and iPad mini (5th generation) and later.
Blur the background with Portrait mode
You can turn on Portrait mode to automatically blur the background and put the visual focus on you, the same way Portrait mode does in the Camera app.
- When you're in a FaceTime call, tap your picture-in-picture tile.
- Tap the Portrait mode button in the top left-hand corner of your personal video tile.
To turn Portrait mode off, tap the Portrait mode button again.
Portrait mode in FaceTime is supported in iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and later on iPhone XS Max and later, iPad Air (3rd generation) and later, iPad mini (5th generation) and later, and iPad Pro (3rd generation) and later.
Turn on Live Captions in a FaceTime call
Note: Live Captions is currently in beta in iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and later.
While you're on a video call in the FaceTime app, you can turn on Live Captions (beta) to see the conversation transcribed on the screen. With speaker attribution, it's easier to follow along with the conversation.
Get help with FaceTime
1. You can use FaceTime on any of these devices on Wi-Fi: iPhone 4 or later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad 2 or later, iPad mini (all models), and iPod touch 4th generation or later (only iPod touch 5th generation or later support FaceTime audio calling).
2. With a mobile data plan, you can also use FaceTime without Wi-Fi on any of these devices: iPhone 4s or later, iPad Pro (all models) and iPad (3rd generation or later).
3. When you tap a person's contact information, FaceTime tries to connect using any FaceTime-enabled phone numbers or email addresses you have stored for that person. To avoid placing calls to unintended recipients, make sure your contacts are accurate and don't contain old or unused information.