How to set up & use FaceTime for Mac

This short guide explains how to to use FaceTime on a Mac to video chat with an iPhone 4 (or later), iPad 2 (or later), iPad mini user, iPod touch user or another Mac user. Here is how:

Thins you’ll need:

  • Mac with Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later
  • Internet connection
  • Apple ID
  • FaceTime is included with OS X Lion or later.  If you are an Mac OS X v10.6 user, you can download FaceTime from the Mac App Store ($0.99).


1. Lauch FaceTime

2. Enter your Apple ID or create a new one

FaceTime for Mac

3. Select a contact from the “Contacts” section that you wish to video chat with.

FaceTime Contacts

4. Click either the email address (Mac or iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini FaceTime user) or iPhone telephone number (iPhone user) to start the FaceTime video chat.

FaceTime for Mac Contacts

High Definition (HD) video calling

FaceTime for Mac supports HD video calling with Macs that include a built-in FaceTime HD camera. Macs models below have a built-in FaceTime HD:

  • iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011)
  • iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)



  1. Wendy says

    My camera is not working on my mac desktop so when I FaceTime my daughter OS I can see her but she can’t see me. How do I turn it on Pls?

  2. Charlotte says

    My FaceTime will not ring me and I cannot ring out on my iPad mini. Works on my iPhone only. How do I get it to work on my iPad? Any ideas please? Thanks x

  3. Cindy Kolo says

    I have not been able to connect with my fiends. when they call or I call it will say connecting and then it drops us…. multiple times…. Am I missing a connection somewhere?

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