How to Use Facetime

Facetime is a popular video call application that was initially designed for iPhone4 users. It is automatically installed on the said device. Depending on the network provider, this app may be instantly enabled or must be enabled manually to use. It allows one on one video call sessions between two Facetime users. WiFi connection is needed to make the free video call happen. Since this is only available for compatible iOS devices, you are limited to calling only those that have Facetime installed on their phones. However, this application boasts on its crystal clear video quality. This makes video calls even more enjoyable since you can see each other properly. If you are new to this application, you may be wondering how to use Facetime. You will not have a hard time learning how to navigate Facetime because this application is straightforward and easy to use.

How to Register a Facetime Account

If using an iPhone device, there is no need to download Facetime as it is automatically included on your phone. If it is not yet automatically enabled by your carrier, you can manually do this by turning on the application on your settings. Your phone must be able to send and receive text messages as an activation code will be sent using this feature. Without this, it is not possible to enable Facetime on your device. If your phone has SMS capabilities, here’s how to enable Facetime on your device.

  1. Tap the Settings option on your home screen.
  2. Tap Phone Settings.
  3. Under your phone number is the option to turn Facetime On or Off.
  4. Toggle Facetime to On to enable the application.
  5. Waiting for Activation will appear on the screen.
  6. A text message will be sent to your number to confirm the activation. Once the number is confirmed, you can start using Facetime on your device.

With the success of Facetime, Apple also made it available to new iPad users. However, since iPad does not have SMS feature, the process of registration is slightly different.  You will need an Apple ID to enable Facetime on the new iPad. If you have an existing Apple ID, you can use this for the registration.

  1. Tap the Facetime icon on the home screen of your device.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password. If you don’t have one yet, tap on the option that lets you create a new account.
  3. Choose the e-mail address to be used for your Facetime conversations.
  4. After setting up Facetime, the next step is to enable it.
  5. Tap the settings icon on your home screen.
  6. Tap Facetime.
  7. Toggle the button to turn it on.

How to Make a Call Using Facetime

Once Facetime is set up and enabled on your device, you can start using it to make and receive call from other Facetime users. When someone is calling using Facetime, you will get a Decline and Accept button on your screen. Tap the Accept button to start talking or Decline if you wish to drop the call. To make a call to another Facetime user, follow the steps below.

To make a call using iPhone:

  1. Tap the phone icon on the home screen of your device to show your contacts.
  2. Tap the name of the person you wish to call and tap the Facetime icon.
  3. Wait for the other person to accept the call to start video call.

To make a call using the new iPad:

  1. Tap the Facetime icon on the IPad home screen.
  2. Tap the contact you wish to call.
  3. Wait for the other person to accept the call to start video call.