FaceTime is an audio / video call service provided by Apple to all iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac users, so they can stay in touch with each other in a totally free way, excluding any cost of data traffic under 3G or 4G network.
It works on Wi-Fi on all iPhone models from 4 on, on all iPad models (except the very first) and on all Macs equipped with a MacOS version of 10.6.6 or higher. On the 4th and 4th iPad models, and third-generation iPads, 3G / LTE calls can also be made. It’s very easy to use and the quality of audio / video that it manages is really great.
If you have an Apple device, and even your friends are “apple” users, it would be a shame not to take advantage of FaceTime and its calls. So what do you say, if I tell you how it works and how do we find out how to activate it? I assure you that this is an operation of disarming simplicity. Now, however, do not lose too much talk and move on to action: let’s see how to turn FaceTime on all supported devices right away. Good reading and good fun!
Turn FaceTime on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
If you want to learn how to turn FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, all you have to do is go to Device Settings (pressing the gear icon on the home screen) and select FaceTime from the list that appears.
At this point, the service settings screen will open: if the FaceTime lever is green and moved to the right, you do not have to do anything because the function is already active. If the lever is white and moved to the left, it is necessary to activate it.
To enable FaceTime, move the service lever to the right and, if an activation cost message appears, click OK to complete the operation. For most Italian operators, Activation of FaceTime costs as much as an SMS, so about 30/40 cents.
Once completed, you can choose which contacts to track other people to contact you on FaceTime: Your iPhone’s phone number, the email address associated with your Apple ID, and so on. To choose the various addresses, you just have to go to the Settings> FaceTime menu of iOS and put or remove the check mark from the addresses and phone numbers available. By using the Caller ID menu, however, you can choose which delivery to show to other people when calling through FaceTime
Once you’ve adjusted all of your preferences, you can make a call with FaceTime using the FaceTime application or the Phone app (iPhone only). In the first case, you just have to choose whether to make a video or audio call by pressing one of the two tabs at the top, pressing the + button (top right) and selecting a contact from the phonebook to start the conversation.
In the case of the Phone application, instead, you have to start the call normally, wait for the caller to answer and press the FaceTime button that appears in the center of the screen to start the video call.
Remember that to have FaceTime running, both parties have an Apple supported device and a Wi-Fi or 3G / LTE connection is active.
Turn FaceTime on Mac
Even on Mac to turn FaceTime on is a breeze. All you have to do is launch the same application via its link in the DOSD or the Launchpad of macOS and select the FaceTime> Preferences from the menu bar at the top left.
At this point, if there is not already, check the checkbox next to the Enable this account and select from the menu You can receive FaceTime calls on , all the contacts with which you want to be traceable by other users.
Not having Mac’s 3G / LTE connectivity, the activation of the service will be completely free as well as its use (unless you are browsing through a 3G / LTE modem or a hotspot created by the mobile, this is clear) .
The application’s operation is pretty much the same as that of FaceTime for iOS: you have to choose whether to make a video or audio call by going to the card, typing the name of the person to call, and selecting the contact from the search results.
If you are using a Mac product after 2012 with macOS Yosemite and a recent iPhone with iOS 8.1 or later, you can also activate the iPhone Calling option that allows you to make and receive calls from the Mac using the “melaphone” (which must be connected to same Wi-Fi network of the computer).
Turn FaceTime on Apple Watch
Apple Watch does not have cameras, however it is equipped with a speaker and a microphone that allow you to make and receive calls over the iPhone network. Does this mean? If you enable phone features on Apple Watch, you can receive notifications of incoming calls to your iPhone, including FaceTime.
To verify that phone features are active on your Apple Watch (they should be the default), open the Watch app on your iPhone, select the Phone icon from the screen that opens, and if you do not yet, check next to the Duplicate iPhone entry.
From now on, you will receive FaceTime calls (and traditional calls) on your Apple Watch and, in the case of FaceTime audio calls, you will be able to respond directly from the smartwatch. Comfortable, right?