How to make a FaceTime call on iPhone, iPad, or Mac

Making FaceTime video or audio calls is ridiculously easy to do. There's a built-in FaceTime app on every iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac, and FaceTime is also integrated into the Phone app on iPhone. As long as you're on Wi-Fi or cellular data, you can stay in touch with family and friends, even while traveling, connect with anyone in the world, even without a long distance plan, and not only hear but see the people you're talking to.

It's like having all the people you care about most right there in front of you.

Best of all, it's easy to use!

How to make a FaceTime Audio or Video call on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Open FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the + button.
  3. Type the name, email address or number that you want to call.

    Open FaceTime, tap +, enter name or number

  4. Enter more names, email addresses or numbers if you want to create a group call.
  5. Tap Audio or Video to start your call.

    Enter more names, numbers, or emails, tap Audio or Video

How to make a FaceTime Audio or Video call on your Mac

  1. Open FaceTime on your Mac from your Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Enter the name, email address, or phone number of the person you want to call.

    Open FaceTime, enter name, email, or phone number

  3. Enter more names, email addresses or numbers if you want to create a group call.
  4. Click Audio or Video to start your call.

    Enter more names, tap Audio or Video

How to switch from a regular call to FaceTime on your iPhone

  1. Look at the call menu that appears when you're on a phone call.
  2. Tap the FaceTime button to initiate a FaceTime video call.

    Look at call menu, tap FaceTime

How to turn off video while on a FaceTime call

  1. Start or Answer a FaceTime call.
  2. Press the Home Button (iPhone 8 and older) or swipe up from the bottom of your screen (iPhone X and newer) to exit the FaceTime app.

    Start or Answer FaceTime call, press Home Button or swipe up on screen

Doing this will cause your video to pause, though the other person on the call will still hear your audio.

How to use Siri to place a FaceTime call

  1. Press and hold the Home button (iPhone 8 and older) or the Side button (iPhone X and newer), or say "Hey Siri" to activate Siri.
  2. Say "Facetime [name]. Alternatively, say "FaceTime" then wait for Siri to prompt you before speaking your contact's name.

    Press and hold Home or Side button, say Siri, Facetime

Now all you have to do is wait for Siri to connect.

How to use FaceTime with Apple TV

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen (iPhone 8 or older) or Swipe down on the right corner of your Home screen (iPhone X or later).
  2. Tap Screen Mirroring.
  3. Tap on the device to which you want to mirror your iPhone's screen.

    Open Control Center, tap Screen Mirroring, tap device

After that, just complete the steps of making a FaceTime call on your iPhone or iPad.

Update April 2019: Added steps and screenshots for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave.

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