FaceTime is routinely voted the best video calling app for Apple users. It’s easy to use, versatile, and constantly improving.
Chances are, there are a lot of things you can do with FaceTime that you don’t even know about! With almost every iOS update comes a change to FaceTime that you’re going to want to take advantage of.
That’s why we’ve come up with this list of FaceTime tips that you can use next time you’re making a video call.
Read on for six easy-but-impressive FaceTime tips that Apple users are going to love!
1. Save Data By Making FaceTime WiFi-Only
If you use FaceTime on a regular basis or for long periods of time, you may find that you’re burning through your phone or tablet’s allotted data more quickly than normal. That could mean that when your internet connection is getting a little fuzzy, your device is switching to data usage rather than dropping the call.
While a strong connection is great, running out of data isn’t. If you want to make sure that your FaceTime app uses WiFi, only, head to your Settings app. Then, click “Cellular,” and turn off the toggle button (it should no longer be green when you do this) next to FaceTime.
2. Transition From a Phone Call to a FaceTime Without Hanging Up
Sometimes you are in the middle of a phone call and realize that FaceTime would be better suited for the conversation. Maybe you’re talking to a friend about an outfit and want to let them see it, themselves. Maybe you’re looking for the perfect present for Mom and you want to ask Dad’s opinion.
No matter the reason, you shouldn’t have to hang up your phone call just to switch over to FaceTime. The good news is that Apple agrees, and makes it possible for you to transition smoothly.
While on the phone, look at the call screen and find the FaceTime button. Hit this button for the video interface to pop up. You can keep chatting while you wait for your phone call companion to accept the FaceTime call.
3. Take Live Photos or Record Your FaceTime Call
Some FaceTime calls are too important to forget. Maybe you want to capture a single moment or maybe you need a copy of the entire conversation. Either way, you’re covered as long as all devices involved in the call have the right updates.
To take a live photo, look at your FaceTime screen options and find the shutter button in the bottom left corner. Tap that button and if you’ve taken a photo, the message, “You took a FaceTime photo,” will appear on your screen. You will then be able to find our live photo in your phone’s photo album.
Now, the real question: can you record a FaceTime call? The answer is yes, and that link will walk you through the process for iPhones, Macs, and other Apple devices.
4. Grow Your Chat With Group FaceTiming
In the age of group video chatting, whether it’s for work or for social purposes, a lot of people don’t realize that FaceTime is a viable group video chatting option. (It’s worth noting that FaceTime may not be the best option for a group of ten or more. However, it works great for a handful of callers!)
Open the FaceTime app and click on the plus sign that you’ll find in the top right corner. Then, add everyone you want to call and hit the green button to launch your group call.
If people miss the initial call but your video chat is still live and they want to join, it’s very simple. Tell them to head to their FaceTime app, where they’ll see the invitation to join the call. All they have to do is hit the invitation and they’ll be added seamlessly.
5. Play Around With Animojis and Memojis
If you have a newer Apple device, you can have a lot of fun on FaceTime! Animojis and Memojis can make your video call much sillier–kids and adults alike love this newer feature!
While your FaceTime video chat is live, tap the screen to bring up your FaceTime options. Then, select “Effects” from the bottom left corner. This will open up a menu of Animojis and, if you’ve created your own Memoji, a menu of Memojis, as well.
Select one of the animated images and enjoy! These Animojis and Memojis have facial tracking abilities, which means that they’ll cover your face and move with you. Turn your head to the side, open your mouth, smile–and watch as your Animoji or Memoji follows suit!
6. Make Hands Free FaceTime Calls
Looking for a faster way to start a FaceTime call? Want to make a FaceTime call without having to pick up your phone? Siri makes it possible.
First, activate Siri by saying her command of choice: “Hey Siri” is usually the most effective option. Once Siri is activated, say, “FaceTime” followed by the full name you have saved in your contact list. Siri will then set the FaceTime call in motion automatically.
Amp Up Your Video Chatting With These FaceTime Tips
FaceTime is one of the most popular video-chatting apps for Apple users, and we can see why. FaceTime is constantly upgrading to become more versatile, user-friendly, and fun. With these FaceTime taps, you can amp up your video calls and make the most of Apple’s features.
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