iOS 10 includes a number of major changes to contacts and phone, including the ability for third-party apps to integrate with iOS as regular phone service. This could result, for example, in a WhatsApp call acting like a regular phone call.
FaceTime Audio is a great way to make a phone call on iOS without using minutes or when you only have wi-fi. The feature allows you to make a phone call over the internet to other FaceTime users.
Here’s how to use it:
To start, head into your contacts app. You’ll need to find a contact who also has an iPhone because, like iMessage, this only works with other iOS devices.
After finding a contact with an Apple ID and clicking on them, you’ll be shown their contact card, including info like phone numbers, email addresses, and birthdays.
One of the rows should say ‘FaceTime’, along with a video icon and phone icon. To make your FaceTime Audio call, simply push on the phone icon.
FaceTime Audio is available now for all iOS devices.
Leverage Siri on macOS to use FaceTime Audio
The FaceTime audio feature is “integrated deeply” into both the Messages and FaceTime apps, making voice communication between Apple users on any device easier than ever. With Messages, FaceTime, and FaceTime audio on iOS and macOS, Apple has a complete communication system in place.
The best way to get your FaceTime audio going on the mac is to leverage Siri. Siri commands such as “FaceTime Dad” will get the call going without you having to lift a finger.
You don’t need to look someone in the eye to talk to them, either. If you own an iPhone as well as a Mac -– and your phone’s on the same Wi-Fi network as your laptop – you can use Siri to make an actual call by saying, “Call Dad, home.”
Facetime Audio Problems in macOS Sierra, how-to Fix
Some users have reported that their facetime audio calls do not work after upgrading to macOS Sierra. They receive the “Call Failed” message. The simplest way to tackle this problem is to restart your Mac in Safe mode. Wait for 30 seconds and then restart your Mac.
To restart your Mac in Safe mode, while starting up the Mac when you hear the startup chime, press and hold the Shift Key. Release the Shift Key when you see the Apple Logo on the screen.
Restart your computer and try Facetime again.
How to clear the Recent Facetime Calls on your MacOS Sierra
You can clear the lists of FaceTime video and audio calls you made or received.
- In the FaceTime window, click Video or Audio.
- Control-click anywhere in the call list, then click Remove all Recents. Recent calls are cleared from both the Video and Audio panes.
We hope that these tips were helpful to you. Please let us know in the comments below if you have any issues. We have also produced a detailed FaceTime troubleshooting guide for iOS 10 in the case you have other problems using some of the features.