FaceTime is Apple’s video calling service. It allows anyone with a recent iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac to make free calls to any other Apple user over Wi-Fi or cellular connection. On the iPhone, FaceTime is bundled into the Phone app. On the iPod touch, iPad, and Mac, FaceTime is a separate app, On all devices, FaceTime can connect to any Apple-registered iPhone phone number or email address. That makes it perfect for keeping in touch with family who lives far away, with the kids while traveling, with business partners at distant offices, or even with that special someone while shopping for the perfect gift.
Over Wi-Fi, you can use FaceTime on any of these devices:
- iPhone 4 or later
- iPad 2 or later
- iPad mini (all models)
- iPod touch 4th generation or later (only iPod touch 5th generation supports FaceTime audio calling)
With a cellular data plan, you can also use FaceTime without Wi-Fi on any of these devices:
- iPhone 4s or later
- iPad (3rd generation or later).
How to Turn on FaceTime
Open your FaceTime app and sign in with your Apple ID (you can also do this from Settings > FaceTime).
If you’re using an iPhone, FaceTime automatically registers your phone number. To also register your email address on your iPhone, tap Settings > FaceTime > Use your Apple ID for FaceTime, and sign in.
If you’re using an iPad or iPod touch, register your email address by tapping Settings > FaceTime > Use your Apple ID for FaceTime, and sign in.
How to Make a FaceTime call on iPhone
To make a FaceTime call, you need the person’s phone number or registered email address. There are a few ways to make a FaceTime call:
In the FaceTime app, enter the person’s phone number or email address then tap the FaceTime video or audio icon.
If you have the person’s phone number or email address saved in your Contacts, you can enter their name, then tap the video or audio icon.
You can also begin a FaceTime video call from your iPhone during a call. Tap the FaceTime icon during the phone call to talk using FaceTime.