Use FaceTime with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Find out how to use FaceTime to make video and audio calls on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

iPhone next to iPad. Both devices show ongoing FaceTime video calls. 

You can use FaceTime over Wi-Fi1 or over cellular 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 cellular.

Turn on FaceTime

Open the FaceTime app and sign in with your Apple ID. You can also do this from Settings > FaceTime. 

iPhone showing the FaceTime settings screen, with FaceTime turned on. 

If you're using an iPhone, FaceTime registers your phone number automatically.

If you're using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you can register your email address:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap FaceTime, then tap Use your Apple ID for FaceTime.
  3. 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:

iPhone showing the Phone app during a call with Jane Appleseed. The FaceTime button is in the second row of icons in the centre of the screen. 

  • 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.

Find out how to create and use a Memoji during your FaceTime video calls.


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:

iPhone showing an incoming call during an ongoing call. The End & Accept, Decline, and Hold & Accept buttons are at the bottom of the screen. 

  • 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.


With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, you can create a link to a FaceTime call and send the link to others using Messages or Mail. They can use the link to join or initiate a call. Here's how:

 

  1. Open the FaceTime app and tap Create Link.
  2. Tap Add Name, type a name for the meeting, then tap OK. This lets others know which call they're joining.
  3. Select the person you want to send the link to, or send the link from Messages, Mail or any other supported apps in the Share menu.

You can invite anyone to join a FaceTime call, even people who don't have an Apple device. They can join you in one-to-one and Group FaceTime calls from their browser. You can't create a FaceTime link with Windows or a non-Apple device, but you can join a FaceTime call if someone shares a link with you.

Find out more about using FaceTime on the web.

Creating a link to a FaceTime call isn't supported on iPhone models purchased in China mainland. FaceTime links aren't supported in China mainland.


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. Find out how to share your screen in a FaceTime call.


Use SharePlay to watch and listen together

With SharePlay, you can watch video togetherlisten to music together or work out together in a FaceTime call by sharing content through supported apps.


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 iPhone 7 Plus and later, with the exception of iPhone SE (1st generation).


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. Voice Isolation prioritises your voice in a FaceTime call and blocks out the ambient noise.

  1. During a FaceTime call, open Control Centre and tap Mic Mode.
  2. Select Voice Isolation.

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.

  1. During a FaceTime call, open Control Centre and tap Mic Mode.
  2. Select Wide Spectrum.

Voice Isolation and Wide Spectrum are supported on iPhone 7 Plus and later, with the exception of iPhone SE (1st generation).


Blur the background with Portrait mode

With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, you can turn on Portrait mode to blur the background automatically and put the visual focus on you, the same way Portrait mode does in the Camera app.

  1. When you're in a FaceTime call, tap your picture-in-picture tile.
  2. 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 on iPhone XS Max or later, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad mini (5th generation), and iPad Pro (3rd generation) and later.


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.

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