How to Use FaceTime For Group Calls?

Facetime allows you to add up to 32 people at once to enjoy a social/formal interaction. It is preinstalled on the Apple devices and you don’t have to pay a single penny to enjoy its perks, unlike other video conferencing apps.

Though it’s easy to use FaceTime, a person who is new to the Apple ecosystem may require some help to navigate around the app. If you are one of them, we have jotted down the steps to effectively use FaceTime via iPhone, iPad or MacBook. If you want to use facetime on windows PC, you should check out our guide on facetime for PC.

How to Use FaceTime For Group Calls

FaceTime on iPhone/iPad

There are two ways to make a group call on your iPhone/iPad- through FaceTime app or navigating through messages. Let’s discuss both the options in detail. 

Using the FaceTime App for Group Call

  1. Open the app and click on + icon listed on the top-right corner. 
  2. You have to type the names of your contacts or numbers with whom you like to talk to. You can also click on the + with the circle to open your contact list. 
  3. Once you have added all the names/numbers, click on the green button to place a video/audio call. 

Using the Messages App

  1. Open the app and tap on the group chat. 
  2. Click on your contacts’ icons at the top of the screen. 
  3. Tap on the FaceTime icon to start a video/audio call. 

In case you wish to add someone in the call, you have to follow the below-listed steps. 

  1. Swipe up to open the menu. 
  2. Tap ‘Add person’ and click on + to open your contact list. 
  3. Select the name/number of the person and click on ‘Add person to FaceTime’. 

FaceTime on MacBook

Your MacBook should be equipped with macOS Mojave 10.14.3 or later to run FaceTime on it. Also, you should be logged in with your Apple ID, which is a no-brainer. Just like iPhone/iPad, you can use FaceTime via its app and messages. Let’s understand more about it. 

Using the FaceTime App

  1. Open the app and type email-ids/names/phone numbers with whom you like to speak. 
  2. In the bottom-left of the screen, click on the audio/video button (depending on the type of call you want to make). 
  3. People who are added in the call will receive a notification. They have to tap on it, which will take them to another portal, where they have to click on the button to join the conversation. 

Using the Messages App

  1. Open a group chat and tap on ‘Details’.
  2. Click on the audio/video button to start the conversation with them. 

In case you wish to add someone in the call, you have to follow the below-listed steps. 

  1. In the lower-left corner of the screen, tap on a button (window with a sidebar) to open the sidebar.
  2. Tap on ‘Add person’ and type in the number/email-id/name of the person who you wish to add. 
  3. Click on ‘Add’. 

Due to COVID-19 when people are forced to follow the social distancing norms, FaceTime is a great tool to stay in touch with your loved ones. If you are a FaceTime rookie, the above list of steps will assist you to navigate around the app. 

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