Learn how to make video calls between Apple computers, smartphones and tablets with the FaceTime app.
FaceTime is an application, or app, for making video and voice calls over the internet. It’s great for keeping in touch if you and most of your friends and family use devices from Apple.
FaceTime is available on devices made by Apple Computer, such as iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. It comes already installed on those devices, so you don’t need to download or install the application yourself.
When you have a home or mobile data plan, calling other people who are also using FaceTime is free of extra charges. You can talk for as long as you want without paying more than your normal monthly data fee.
Be mindful about making video calls using your iPhone’s mobile data connection, as exceeding your monthly allowance can cost extra. Where possible, make FaceTime video calls using a home Wi-Fi connection.
FaceTime lets you make video calls to people on your iPhone, iPad or Apple computer’s contacts list. Anybody on your contacts list who also has FaceTime can be called.
When you video call someone you will see their face full screen. A small screen will show your face so you know what you look like to the person you’re calling.
Unlike other video calling apps, FaceTime does not have its own contacts list. Instead it uses your phone, tablet or computer’s existing phone and email contacts list.
For example, you probably have a list of people in your iPhone’s contacts list so that you can make phone calls to people you know. FaceTime can automatically figure out which of those people have FaceTime. If any of them have FaceTime, you’ll be able to call them.
Because it uses your existing contacts list, you add a FaceTime contact the exact same way you would add any other contact:
To start a video call in FaceTime on an iPad, just follow these steps:
Making a FaceTime call on an Apple computer or an iPhone is very similar.
FaceTime is designed to be easy to use. You can even make calls just by tapping or clicking the FaceTime button when you’re looking at a contact in your contacts list. Just choose the person you want to speak to, tap or click the FaceTime button and chat away!