Use FaceTime on Mac

FaceTime makes it easy to have a video or audio call. All you need is a broadband internet connection and a built-in or connected microphone and camera.

Image of a Group FaceTime call in progress 

Make a FaceTime call

  1. Open the FaceTime app.
  2. Click the New FaceTime button . If you don't see it in your version of FaceTime, skip this step.
  3. Enter the name, email address, or phone number of the person you want to call. With macOS Mojave or later, you can enter more than one person—up to 32 people—to make a Group FaceTime call.
  4. Click the FaceTime button to make a video call, or click the button's arrow Down caret button and choose FaceTime Audio. If you don't see this button, click the Video or Audio button instead.
    Starting a FaceTime call to a group of people: FaceTime button circled
  5. If you're calling a group, you should see a tile for each person in the group. The tile will say “Waiting” until the person answers. If you don't see any tiles, click the FaceTime button in the sidebar to begin the call.
  6. To leave the call, click the End button . If you leave a group call, everyone else in the group remains on the call until they choose to leave.

During a Group FaceTime call, the video tiles work like this:

  • The most active speakers appear in live video tiles. Other participants appear in a row of tiles below. In this view, the tiles move and the speaker's tile enlarges automatically. You can prevent this movement in macOS Catalina or later: From the FaceTime menu bar, choose FaceTime > Settings (or Preferences), then deselect Speaking.
  • Beginning with macOS Monterey, you can show all tiles in a uniform grid when the call includes at least 4 participants: Click the Grid button that appears in the upper-right corner of the window. In this view, the speaker's tile is automatically highlighted.
  • Click a tile to show that person's name. Double-click it to make the tile larger.
  • A tile shows an exclamation point  when the internet connection isn't fast enough to show that person's video.


Add a person to a FaceTime call

Anyone on the call who is using the FaceTime app can add more people to the call.

  1. While the call is underway, click the sidebar button  in the FaceTime app, then click the add button  in the sidebar.
  2. Enter the new person's name, email address, or phone number, then click Add.
  3. Click the Ring button next to their name in the sidebar to call them. 

If a FaceTime link was created for the call, anyone who has the link can share it with anyone else they want to join the call. 


FaceTime links make it easier to plan ahead for a FaceTime call, because you can send a link to all participants before the call begins. With FaceTime Links, you can invite friends with Android and Windows devices to join the call too. They can use the link to join from their browser when using the latest version of Chrome or Edge.

Create and share a FaceTime link

Requires macOS Monterey or later

  1. Open the FaceTime app on a Mac that is using macOS Monterey or later. 
  2. Click Create Link  to open a sharing menu. You can then copy the link or choose one of the other sharing options.
  3. After creating the link, it appears in the sidebar of the FaceTime window, as pictured below.
  4. When you're ready to start the call, double-click FaceTime Link in the sidebar, or click the FaceTime button  next to it. Then click Join.
  5. When others open the FaceTime link and click Join, they need to be let in to the call.
    • To let them join the call, click the checkmark  by their name.
    • To decline their request to join the call, click the decline button  by their name.
    • To remove them from the call after they've joined, click the remove button  within 30 seconds.

To delete a FaceTime link, click the Info button  next to the link in the sidebar, then click Delete Link. When you delete a link, you are no longer notified when someone uses the link, and anyone who does use it sees only that they are waiting to be let in.

FaceTime window after clicking the Info button next to FaceTime Link 

You can also create a link in the Calendar app. When adding a new event, click the FaceTime button next to “Add Location or Video Call,” then choose FaceTime. With the FaceTime link seamlessly attached 
to the Calendar event, everyone you invite will know exactly when and where to meet.

Join a call using a FaceTime link

  1. Click the FaceTime link. If you're using a device that can't open the link in the FaceTime app, the link opens in your web browser instead. On Android and Windows devices, the latest versions of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge support FaceTime links.
  2. When joining the call from a web browser, you're first asked to enter your name to join the conversation. Then click Continue.
    FaceTime browser window: Enter your name
  3. Click Join and wait to be let in.

Learn more about joining FaceTime calls from an Android or Windows device.


Answer a FaceTime call

From the notification that appears on your Mac, click Accept to answer the call in the FaceTime app. If you click the arrow Down caret button next to Accept, you can choose to accept as an audio call instead of video call. If you click the arrow next to Decline, you can choose to send a message to the caller or set a reminder to call back later. 

FaceTime notification: Accept or Decline 

Notifications to join a Group FaceTime call show a Join button instead. Click it to open the FaceTime app, then join the call from within the app.


Hand off the call to one of your other devices

Requires macOS Ventura or later, iOS 16 or later, and iPadOS 16 or later

Moving a call in progress to your iPhone, iPad, or other Mac works just like handing off other tasks. You can also use the Handoff notification that appears on your other device when it's nearby. Click the notification, then click Join or Switch to complete the handoff.

If you're using a Bluetooth headset, the call audio switches to the other device at the same time. Just make sure that the phone number or Apple ID you're using is selected under “You can be reached by FaceTime at” in FaceTime settings on both devices.


Choose a video effect

Requires macOS Monterey or later and a Mac with Apple silicon, or macOS Ventura or later and an iPhone used as a webcam

Portrait mode blurs the background and puts the visual focus on you. To turn it on or off during a call, move the pointer over your video tile in the FaceTime app, then click the Portrait mode button . Or click Video Effects in Control Center.

If you're using your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac, Control Center might offer additional visual effects, such as Studio Light, Center Stage, and Desk View. For details, see Continuity Camera: Use iPhone as a webcam for Mac.


Choose a mic mode

Requires macOS Monterey or later

During a FaceTime call, click Control Center  in the menu bar, then click Mic Mode.

  • Voice Isolation  gives priority to your voice and minimizes the sounds of traffic, dogs barking, and other background noise around you.
  • Wide Spectrum  captures your voice as well as the sound around you, such as the sound of music or nature.

Mic Mode options in Control Center

You can also use Spatial Audio, which works with all mic modes and makes the voices you hear sound like they're coming from the direction in which each person is positioned on the screen. Spatial Audio is available on these Mac models:

  • Mac models with Apple silicon, if using the internal speakers, wired headphones, or AirPods
  • Intel-based Mac laptops introduced in 2018 later, if using the internal speakers or wired headphones
  • Intel-based iMac models introduced in 2018 or later, if using wired headphones


Use Live Captions

Requires macOS Ventura or later and a Mac with Apple silicon

With Live Captions, you can see automatically transcribed dialogue integrated into your FaceTime video calls. And it includes speaker attribution, so it’s easy to follow along with group conversations.

  1. From the Apple menu  in the menu bar, choose System Settings.
  2. Click Accessibility in the sidebar.
  3. Click Live Captions on the right.
  4. Turn on Live Captions in FaceTime.


Learn more

FaceTime is not available in all countries or regions.

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