What is FaceTime
FaceTime is an Apple app that allows you to call, video chat, and share your thoughts with your friends, somewhat similar to Skype and Google Hangouts. FaceTime enables you to make video calls over Wi-Fi from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac (or over cellular networks on iPhone or iPad). FaceTime was first announced by Steve Jobs on June 7, 2010 at the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple purchased the name “FaceTime” from another company named FaceTime Communications (now called Actiance, Inc).
FaceTime is an application feature that allows users to make video calls with others over the Wi-Fi network on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. FaceTime can also make calls over the cellular networks on iPhone and iPad models. Unlike some other apps, there is no need to set up an account; just sign in with an Apple ID. To use the app, find the person within contacts and tap the FaceTime icon. Or, use Siri to start the call with a simple voiced instruction. The receiver will get an invitation, to which they must accept before the video call begins.
FaceTime utilizes the two built-in cameras to create the perfect picture quality and focal length for viewing. The special features of the app will automatically adjust the brightness and contrast levels of the picture, so that users are always in the best possible light. In addition, callers can switch the camera’s view, so that the other person can easily see the surroundings. It is very useful for connecting with friends or family in another city, or attending an important business meeting. Even when it is impossible to be there in person, users can still be there in spirit with FaceTime.
FaceTime works by connecting an iPhone 4 (or newer), a fourth generation iPod touch (or newer), a second generation iPad (or newer), or a computer with Mac OS X (e.g., Macbook Pro, MacBook Air etc) to another iOS or OS X devices. Also please note that the previous generations of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad are not supported. FaceTime is also not compatible with non-Apple devices (e.g. Windows OS, PC, or other tablets). More specifically, following Apple devices support FaceTime:
- iPhone 4 or later
- iPad 2 or later
- iPad mini
- iPod touch (4th generation) or later
- Mac with Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later
With FaceTime, you can make a call from supported Apple devices to any phone number (supported iPhones) or email address that is registered with Apple’s FaceTime service. On iPad, iPod touch, and FaceTime for Mac, before you can call somebody, you need to add the person you want to call as a contact using the FaceTime or Contacts app. To call somebody, you need to have their phone number or email address. Setting up FaceTime is a straightforward process.
FaceTime for Mac
FaceTime for Mac OS X was introduced on October 20, 2010 at the “Back to the Mac” event. You need an Apple ID to use FaceTime for Mac. If you want, you can use your iTunes store or MobileMe accounts (if you have one). FaceTime for Mac allows you to make FaceTime calls to to another Mac or to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. FaceTime for Mac requires Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later. FaceTime is included with OS X Lion or later. If you have Mac OS X v10.6, you can download the FaceTime app from the Mac App Store (it is free). It is also important to note that FaceTime for Mac supports high definition (HD) videos (if your Mac has a built-in FaceTime HD camera). The following devices have a built-in FaceTime HD camera:
- 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)
Also note that video quality greatly depends on the quality of your Internet connection.
FaceTime for iPhone
Please note that there is no FaceTime app on iPhone. Instead you need to use the Phone app. It is not a separate app. FaceTime for iPhone can be used when in the Phone application by placing a call, and tapping the FaceTime button. You can also use the contacts app to place a FaceTime call. You may use either the front or back camera.
FaceTime for iPad
In order to use FaceTime on an iPad, you need to have an iPad 2 (or later) or an iPad mini. You need to use the email address designated for FaceTime of the person you want to call. You can use the FaceTime app or the Contacts app to make a FaceTime call on an iPad.
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To get started with FaceTime on , you may need an Apple ID. To turn FaceTime on, simply navigate:
- iOS: Settings > FaceTime
- FaceTime for Mac: FaceTime > Preferences
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How to Troubleshoot FaceTime Problems
FaceTime Activation Issues
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- FaceTime Activation Error: “Could not sign in. Please check your network connection and try again”, Fix
- FaceTime & iMessage: Waiting for Activation; fix
FaceTime Call Problems
- FaceTime call failed; fix
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- FaceTime for Mac: Can’t Sign In
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FaceTime may not be used in certain countries (e.g., Saudi Arabia)
FaceTime Audio was announced at Apple’s WWDC 2013 keynote speech on June 10, 2013 (iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks)
If you are having issues using a Wi-Fi network: