Making calls in FaceTime


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Making calls in FaceTime

A couple waving to their children using Facetime on their laptop

What's coming up

In the last activity, you looked at how FaceTime contacts work. In this activity, you'll learn how to use your contacts to make FaceTime video calls.

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Shows a tablet with multiple apps on the home screen and the FaceTime app highlighted

Starting FaceTime

The first thing to do is start FaceTime.

To start it, just tap the FaceTime icon on your tablet or phone's home screen. If you can't find the icon, try to find a folder called Applications. Then you should see FaceTime in there. Ask a friend or family member for help if you get stuck.

This activity will focus around using FaceTime with an iPad tablet. It will be very similar if you are using an iPhone.

Shows the search bar withing the FaceTime app

Making FaceTime video calls

To start a video call in FaceTime on an iPad, you first need to find someone in your contacts to call.

Tap on the FaceTime icon and then tap the Search bar. Now, type the name of the person you want to call using the onscreen keyboard. FaceTime searches your contacts list to find the name you've searched.

Making the call

If that person has FaceTime, a video camera symbol appears next to their name. Tap it to begin the video call.

Shows a contact that has been searched for with an option for calling them
A tablet screen suggesting that Mary is calling

Answering a call

The other person's phone or tablet will ring, just like if they were receiving a phone call. They can tap the green answer button to accept the call.

What it looks like

Like most video calling apps, FaceTime shows the person you call at the full size of the screen, and you as a small picture within the screen.

A tablet showing the person that has been called taking up most of the screen and the caller in a smaller window
Shows a FaceTime call between two people with the red end call button highlighted

Ending a call

When you're ready to hang up, tap the red end call button.

Morris makes a FaceTime call

Let’s watch Morris making a call using FaceTime.

The next slide includes some steps to try yourself. Select the Continue button below to begin and then follow the instructions on the right hand side of the screen.

Morris makes a FaceTime call

Morris makes a FaceTime call

This is an interactive activity that allows learners to watch a simulation of Morris making a FaceTime call. This activity has no sound track and is made up of a number of images and text instructions with opportunities for the user to enter text or click on links as part of the exercise.

This is to encourage confidence using the internet by practising a simple exercise in a simulated environment.

If a mistake is made during this exercise, there will be a prompt to ask you to try it again. If another mistake is made, the video will show you how to complete that section of the exercise.

Turning off your microphone

During a FaceTime video call, you can mute the sound of your voice by tapping the microphone button.

This can be useful if you don't want others to hear background noise from your location, or if you need to temporarily do something else.

Tap the microphone button again to turn your microphone back on.

Shows a FaceTime call with the microphone symbol button highlighted
Shows a FaceTime call with the home button of the tablet highlighted

Turning off video

If you want to turn video off during a FaceTime call to, say, look at another app whilst you are talking, you can.

Just press the iPad's Home button, and the person you're calling will continue to hear you, but not see you. You will continue to hear them, also, but not see them.

You can tap the Touch to resume FaceTime green bar at the top of your screen to go back to the normal video call.

Two boys happily using FaceTime to chat to their cousins


Well done, you've reached the end of the Making calls in FaceTime activity.

In this activity you learnt about how to make, answer and end calls, as well as how to mute calls and turn off video during a video chat.

Coming up next, if you have registered and are logged into the Be Connected website, you'll now be able to take a short quiz to finish this course. If you're not registered, you are now at the end of the course.