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How to make FaceTime group calls

How to make FaceTime group calls

Respecting the limited number of minutes of calling plans, FaceTime is a great way to call people using the cellular data network or local Wi-Fi. What makes it better is the fact that you can add 31 people in a group to put a FaceTime call on any Apple device. If the device is an iPhone or iPod, make sure it is running iOS 4.1 or later. iPad 2 supports FaceTime, but only on Wi-Fi networks and, in the case of Mac, OS X 10.9.2 or later is required. All recipients must meet the requirements or the FaceTime call will not work as you want. First, you and the other participants must configure FaceTime on the device to be able to make FaceTime group calls.

Launch the settings on your compatible Apple device and tap FaceTime. Make sure the switch in front of FaceTime is on, then wait a few seconds. Once activated, it will ask for your confirmation. Tap "Use your Apple ID for FaceTime". Enter the required information and press Connect. FaceTime can use a cell phone number or email address to make a call. The same can be displayed as your caller ID. To do this, go back to Settings> FaceTime and scroll to the caller ID. Once you have set up your FaceTime, you can use three methods to make a group call.

See also: Best FaceTime alternatives for Android

Using FaceTime

It is recommended that you first create a group for your FaceTime call rather than adding each participant individually after the call begins. Open FaceTime on the device and tap the + sign in the upper right corner of the screen. In the case of Mac, typing anywhere in the middle will work. In the search, scroll or type the name / number of the first participant and continue until all participants are added. Finally, press one of the Vido or Audio options to start the call.

Usually during a search you will come across gray contacts instead of blue ones. These cannot be selected because their iOS is not compatible with FaceTime or because they have not successfully configured FaceTime.

Using iMessage

It's relatively easy to set up a FaceTime call on the iMessage app. However, you need to make sure that iMessage is enabled.

You can easily switch to video mode directly from the group message chat. Participants can join or leave group calls whenever they want. In addition, frequently contacted people can also be added to a group video call directly from the chat.

To start FaceTime with the group, open iMessage and create a new group, or tap an existing group chat. On the top of the screen on iPhone and iPad, tap FaceTime to notify everyone that the FaceTime call is about to roll over. You will learn the number of active participants who simply need to press Join after placing the call.

Using a phone application

Although it is not possible to start a group call immediately, you can still add people to a FaceTime call already made on the phone application. This can be a tricky method for some, as you need to make an individual call first and then start adding more people.

To do this, find the first contact person you want to add a FaceTime group call and tap the video call icon next to their name to start the call. Once the video call is in progress, press the three-dot line () to access more features. At the bottom of the screen, under the name of your first contact, press "Add a person". This will allow you to add more people to a normal FaceTime call. However, this method will fail if you already have a FaceTime group with these contacts.