Answer calls in FaceTime on Mac
When you’re signed in and FaceTime is turned on, you can accept or decline calls, even if FaceTime isn’t open. See FaceTime requirements.
Accept a FaceTime call
On your Mac, do one of the following when a notification appears in the top-right corner of the screen:
Accept an incoming call: Click Accept.
Accept a video call as an audio call: Click next to Accept, then choose Answer as Audio. When you’re in an audio call or a phone call, the camera is automatically off.
Accept a video or audio call and end a current call: Click End & Accept.
Accept an audio call and put the current audio call on hold: Click Hold & Accept. When you end the new call, the call on hold resumes. You can pause one audio call at a time.
Join a Group FaceTime call: Click Join, then click the Join Video button in the FaceTime window.
You can also accept a Group FaceTime call from Messages. When invited, click Join in the FaceTime message bubble.
After you’re on a call, you can add more people to a FaceTime call, change your view of the call, pause the call, change audio options on the call, share a link to the call, or end the call.
Decline a FaceTime call
On your Mac, when a notification appears in the top-right corner of the screen, do one of the following:
Decline a call: Click Decline.
The caller sees that you’re not available for a call.
Tip: If the call came from someone you don’t want to receive calls from, you can block the caller.
Decline a call and send a message using iMessage: Click next to Decline, choose Reply with Message, type your message, then click Send. Both you and the caller must be signed in to iMessage.
Decline a call and set a reminder to call back later: Click next to Decline, then choose how long you want to wait to receive a reminder. When the time comes, you receive a notification—click it to view the reminder, then click the link in the reminder to start the call.
If your Mac has a Touch Bar, you can use it to accept a call, decline a call, decline and send a message, or decline and set a reminder.
You can’t receive a call from someone who’s restricted by communication limits in Screen Time, but it appears as a missed call in the FaceTime window or in Notification Center.