The FaceTime feature has long been made available to Apple users (iOS & Mac users). The feature was launched for iOS users in 2010 and a year later it was made available to Mac users. For a long time, only Apple users could have access to this feature but until recently, this feature has now been made available to Windows users. Hence, in today’s guide, I’ll be teaching you how to use FaceTime for Windows.
FaceTime is a proprietary videotelephony product developed by Apple Inc. This ultra-advanced app runs on Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. FaceTime uses your device’s cellular data or Wi-Fi network to make and receive calls which in turn entails that FaceTime is a free service.
With FaceTime for Windows, you’ll now be able to talk with friends and even hold meetings with anyone who has access to an iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac device using the built-in camera software. Why does the other party need to have an Apple device? Well, the answer could simply be because it’s an Apple feature.
This is great news for die-hard Windows fans. Apple is yet to release a FaceTime app for Windows and what this means is right now, you can only receive a FaceTime call but you can’t use FaceTime for Windows to make FaceTime calls.
Before we’ll be discussing how to use FaceTime for Windows properly, let’s quickly take a look at some of the features one stands to enjoy when using FaceTime (FaceTime for Windows).
- FaceTime is similar to making a voice call simply because whether you are using FaceTime to make a call or you are just making a voice call, both require access to your contacts. FaceTime call history also integrates with your phone’s call history.
- FaceTime is also quite interesting to use because it has a large library of emojis, filters, animojis, graphic animations, and stickers that can be used during a call to make the conversation a lot more fun.
- With FaceTime, you can create a group of a maximum of 32 persons on a single call.
- FaceTime doesn’t require your talk time to function as you can make calls and receive calls anywhere in the world where you can have access to the internet.
- FaceTime has one of the best video calling qualities.
- You can use FaceTime to record your calls with HD quality.
- When using FaceTime, your security is ensured as it provides end-to-end encryption.
Now you are familiar with some of the features FaceTime users enjoy, I’m sure you can’t wait to have FaceTime running on your Windows. Without further ado, let’s dive into how to use FaceTime for Windows.
How to Use FaceTime for Windows
Before you’ll be able to receive calls on while using FaceTime for Windows, the first thing you must do is to ensure that you have either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge installed on your device. Once you have that requirement ready, follow the set of instructions outlined below to learn how to use FaceTime for Windows.
- First of all, a friend or family member who has access to an Apple device will need to open the FaceTime app on their device and tap on the Create Link button found at the top of the screen. This step is applicable to iPad, iPhone, and iPod users, while Mac users will have to take a slightly different step. For Mac users running on Mac OS 12 Monterey or newer versions, you can find the “Create Link” at the top of the FaceTime app.
- Once the link has been created, it can now be shared with you.
- Once it’s been shared, on your end you’ll receive a link to facetime.apple.com.
- Open the link, using either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge on your PC.
- Once the link opens up, input your name in the box provided and click on Continue.
- A floating toolbar should now appear on your screen. On that toolbar, click on Join.
Once your friend or family member on the other end accepts, you’ll now be able to FaceTime with that person. You’ll also be able to perform functions like initiate the Full-Screen mode with the click of a button, Mute Microphone, and also Show/Hide Video. To end the call, click on the menu (the three vertical dots) found at the toolbar and afterward click on leave. At this point, you’d realize that you have learnt how to use FaceTime for Windows.
The quality available when using FaceTime for Windows is surprisingly great considering the fact that it’s not available for Windows as a native app. Nevertheless, it’ll be cool to also be able to make calls on FaceTime for Windows but for now, you’d be able to only receive calls and hope that with future updates you’ll be able to make calls too using FaceTime for Windows.