How to make group FaceTime calls on iPhone and iPad

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How to make group FaceTime calls on iPhone and iPad

According to a recent stat given by CFO Luca Maestri given to Financial Times Interview, Apple has disclosed they there are now 1.4 billion active Apple devices, which basically covers anything running on one of the company’s software platforms; iPhones, Macs, iPads, Apple TVs, iPods, and Apple Watches are included in this category, while accessories like AirPods aren’t.

Of the billion devices , 900 million are active iPhones in use, which is up almost 9 percent more than the previous year. Group FaceTime has become a very popular application that most of the people are using.

Make Group FaceTime calls on iPhone and iPad

With the growing popularity of Apple products and an ever increasing niche being created for people using Apple products , Facetime has become a very popular application that most of the people are using.

FaceTime

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Face Time is a proprietary video telephony product which has been developed by Apple Inc. The application is only available on supported iOS mobile devices and Macintosh computers which run Mac OS X 10.6.6 and later. It doesn’t replace the normal voice calling , but instead provides a better and more convenient alternative.

FaceTime supports all Apple devices, the IOS devices use the forward-facing camera for FaceTiming, whereas the Macintosh computer is equipped with a FaceTime Camera. Due to the wide usability of Apple products across the globe the FaceTime app is available in various languages including English, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish.

The app works in Wi-Fi, thus it allows one to make free internet based called anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection. Since Wi-Fi is supported, it works on not only iPhone but also iPod touch, iPad, and Mac. FaceTime also runs on cellular networks, so you can use it away from home, too, via your device’s mobile data plan.

While the app is fairly simple but one of the most common and most searched question about FaceTime is How to make group FaceTime calls on iPhone and iPad. Well, with this article we make sure to solve this problem and provide a detailed step by step information on the making Group FaceTime calls.

FaceTime Calls

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FaceTime offers two kinds of calling services:

  1. Video call
  2. Audio Call

FaceTime Video call

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One most common feature of FaceTime that was introduced with the iPhone 4 in 2010 is the video calling feature. The FaceTime Video feature uses the device’s front-facing camera to show the caller to the receiver, and vice versa.

FaceTime is a feature of the IOS device thus the video calls can be made between any two FaceTime-compatible devices, such as from iPhone 8 to iPhone X, from Mac to iPhone, or from iPad to iPod touch — the devices don’t necessarily need to be the same model or type.

While earlier till a very long time FaceTime only supported direct, person-to-person video calls, but with the launch of iOS 12.1, users can make group calls as well with FaceTime.

FaceTime Audio Calls

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While the video feature of FaceTime is in trend since 2010, 2013 saw the launch of FaceTime audio feature with iOS 7 of Apple.. Similar to FaceTime’s video feature , this is simply audio-only , so only your voice is transmitted in the call.

For people who do not have unlimited calling plans, FaceTime Audio is the best alternative as it doesn’t consume your minutes and instead uses your data to provide you Similar voice quality along with video feature. Thus, as long as you have the data to support, you can make “free” FaceTime calls to any other user of an Apple device.

However, if you have limited data available, you might want to think twice about FaceTime audio as it uses your data. Therefore many users copt out of using FaceTime Audio too often.

FaceTime Compatibility

Earlier the FaceTime ran only on Wi-Fi with the fear of phone companies about the use of up too much bandwidth, thus leading to slow network performance and high data bills. However Apple later released FaceTime which ran on both Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

With the introduction of iOS 6 in 2012, this restriction of only Wifi was removed. FaceTime calls could, and still can be, placed over 3G, 4G, and 5G networks.

Group call with FaceTime

A group call is one in which you can add lots of contacts and members and connect with everyone at the same time. This feature allows you to connect with all your family members and friends simultaneously.

Making a group video/ audio call with FaceTime is easy and simple . Let’s learn that with some simple steps.

Group call on your iPhone or Ipad

Starting a group Call on Facetime:

Step 1:

Open the FaceTime App on your iPhone or iPad.
Step 2:

Once the FaceTime app opens , tap the Add button (+) at the top right corner of                your screen
Step 3:

Find the people you want to add in your call group by typing their the names or                  numbers in the entry field at the top. This will help you search for your contacts.
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You can just click the Add Contact button to open Contacts and add people from                there.
Step 4:

Once you add all members on FaceTime, Tap the Video on your FaceTime app to make a video call or tap Audio to make a FaceTime audio call.

All the participants of the Group FaceTime Call, you can see them on a single screen . Whichever member of the group is speaking comes on the forefront and becomes more prominent .

You can also tap on any single tile to bring the person on the front. If there are lot of group member and all cannot be accommodated In the riles on the screen , they appear in a row at the bottom. You can find any participant by scrolling through the row and click in their particular tile with their image on it or their initials.

Starting a Group FaceTime call from a group Messages conversation

If you are a message group and you wish to connect the entire group over a video / audio call simple steps need to be followed:

In a group Messages conversation, you can initiate a Group FaceTime call with all the same people you’re chatting with in the Messages conversation.
In the Messages conversation, tap the profile pictures, or the My Account button, at the top of the conversation.
Tap FaceTime.

Adding another person to a call

Irrespective of who has initiated the group call anyn participant can add another person at any time during a Group FaceTime call.
During a FaceTime call, tap the screen to open the controls, swipe up from the top of the controls, then tap Add Person.
Type the name, Apple ID, or phone number of the person you want to add in the entry field at the top.
Or tap the Add button to add someone from Contacts.
Tap Add Person to FaceTime.

How to join a group FaceTime call in Messages on iPhone and iPad
You can also join an in-progress group FaceTime call from a group iMessage thread if it’s between people in that thread. Here’s how.

Open Messages on your iPhone or iPad.
Tap on a group conversation with an open FaceTime call.
Tap the green Join button in the FaceTime message bubble.

Join a Group FaceTime call

When someone invites you to join a Group FaceTime call, you see the incoming call. If you decline the call, you receive a notification that you can tap to join the call at any time while it’s active.

Leave a Group FaceTime call
To leave a group call at any time, tap the Leave call button.
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The call remains active if two or more participants remain.

Face time special features

Live photos, Animoji and stickers : With the launch of IOS 11, Apple has updated the Facetime to include special feature of taking Live Photos while you’re having a FaceTime video chat with friends and family. Calling has been more fun by adding the feature of animoji and stickers in the app.

Easy FaceTime with Siri: If you want to make life easier just press the home button, the side button or simply say ’Hey Siri’. Say ’FaceTime’ and you will receive a response from Siri about the number you wish to contact. Say your contact number/s with whom you wish to connect and you are good to go.

FAQs

Is faceTime available for Android devices ?

FaceTime is a unique feature of Apple and is not available in Android devices.

Can I make Factime call through my Apple watch ?

Yes, FaceTime feature is available on all Apple devices along with the smartwatch. Whether you’re using Siri or the Phone app, placing a FaceTime call is easy enough.

Can I block any of my contact from Facetiming me?

Yes, the block button on your Facetime gives you the freedom to stop contact with the particular family member or friend from calling you.

Can I switch from a regular call to FaceTime immediately?

While talking to someone on the fun you can see the call menu. In the call menu you have an option of FaceTime through which you can easily switch from one to the other.

Can I turn off the video while on a FaceTime call?

Once you started or answered a FaceTime Call, press the home button or swipe up to come to the home page. This will cause your video to pause while the other person can still hear your audio.

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