Facetime is one of the best free feature of iOS device. The best thing about Facetime free video calling service is, it’s available on all Apple devices. Be it, Mac, iPhone, iPad or any other iOS device with camera on it. First time user might get confused with how to use FaceTime, and in this guide I will exactly be talking about the same. This guide will answer all your queries regarding Facetime on iOS devices, right from activation to making calls.
Facetime is one of the most talked about features of iPhone 4. Yesterday, we posted some pictures from our first impressions of Facetime on iPhone 4 as Harsh and I tried a Facetime conversation. We were totally amazed by the quality of audio and video.
Facetime is also very intuitive and easy to use. In fact we are Facetime Ninjas now, in less than thirty minutes of video calling. Here’s how you can get started and most of other related queries answered.
How to Activate Facetime on your iPhone:
Though this guide is written for iPhone4, but if you are using any other version of iPhone/iPad, Facetime activation method remains the same.
Go to Settings > Phone > Facetime > On. The iPhone will automatically send an SMS(international for non US users) and within 10 seconds your Facetime will be active.
This only needs to be done once per sim card, and that too is automatic. No registration or user id required. Like Apple says, Facetime works out of the box.
Once the “Waiting for Activation” message goes away you are good to go. Please note that you will not be able to see the SMS sent for activation through your Messages app. If you have trouble activating Facetime, wait for our post which talks about activation issues for unofficial carriers.
iPod Touch users go to Settings > Facetime to confirm and verify your email address that will be used to receive calls. If unverified, follow instructions sent to email to get started.
Charges for using Fcaetime
No. We were not charged for our Facetime calls. It’s free for video calls between iPhone 4 and iPod touch devices. Both devices need to be connected to a wifi network with internet access(not necessarily same network).
How to start a Facetime video call
There has been a lot of doubt as to how the Facetime call is authenticated. Harsh and I tried the email address method yesterday but that failed and here’s why.
Facetime uses two ways to identify people – Phone number or email address. And the the type of device determines which one will be used.
- When calling an iPhone 4: Use the phone number of the person you are calling.
- When calling an iPod touch (4th generation): Use the email address designated for FaceTime of the person you are calling.
Please note that you need iOS 4.1 to make calls or receive them from users on iPod Touch.
How to Make a Facetime Call
There are two ways of initiating a Facetime call. You could make a phone call just the way you normally do and then once you are there on the call click on Facetime. If your friend accepts the Facetime request call, voice call will end and you will no more be charged for voice.
Another way is directly making a Facetime call. Go to your contacts page and tap Facetime. Choose a method of identification(phone or email). Your friend will receive a notification if he’s on wifi. If he accepts you are good to go.
On iPod touch, there is an additional Facetime app. You can use it to call any of your contacts or through the contacts app like mentioned above.
Can I switch Cameras
The Facetime call starts with your front camera. You can switch to the rear camera and back by clicking on the button in lower right corner.
Some other features of Facetime you might want to know:
The Mute button will only prevent your audio from going through. Your video will still be visible to the other person.
Just rotate the iPhone to switch to this mode.
Moving the preview window
The small window which shows your own Face can be moved around by dragging if it obstructs your view in the default position.
Do something else and get back to Facetime again?
If you need to check another app while you are on Facetime, no problem. Just hit home button and do your work. Your video will freeze on last frame and audio chat can still be continued. Once you click on the green bar similar to the one you get with voice calls, your video chat will be resumed.
Last Tip for Facetime Users:
You can also add Facetime to your Favorites list and start a Facetime call right from there. Facetime calls will also feature in your Recent Calls history.
So, that’s all we have gathered so far about Facetime. It’s been a great experience so far for us. Rumors are afloat that Facetime might soon come to iPads, Macs and Windows PCs too. We are really looking forward to that.
I hope this detailed Facetime usage guide will help you to start using this useful free service. In upcoming article, we will also be talking about iMessage, but for now why don’t you go ahead and try making a Facetime call to other iOS user in your contact list.