How to Group FaceTime with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch during coronavirus lockdown

WANT to stay in touch with family and friends during the coronavirus lockdown? Apple's Group FaceTime feature is a great option.

You can use it on most modern Apple devices – including your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

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What is Group FaceTime?

FaceTime is a video-calling app available exclusively on Apple devices.

It lets you make one-to-one calls to pals or family – and even massive group calls with up to 32 people (including yourself).

It's worth noting that you'll need to be running iOS 12.1.4 or later (or iPadOS) on your device.

And the gadget you're using needs to be an iPhone 6s or later, iPad Pro or later, iPad Air 2 or later, iPad mini 4 or later, iPad 5th get or later, or iPod touch 7th generation.

How to make a FaceTime Call

Here's how to make a standard FaceTime call:

  • 1. First, go to Settings > FaceTime and make sure that FaceTime is on.
  • 2. Then open the FaceTime app and tap the plus button (+) in the top-right corner.
  • 3. Enter the name of your contacts, phone numbers or email addresses.
  • 4. Then to start your FaceTime call, tap Audio or Video (depending on your preference).

If you can't add someone to a FaceTime call, it's likely that they're (1) not using an Apple device, (2) saved under the wrong mobile phone number or email address, or (3) have their device switched off or disconnected from the internet.

How to add a person to a Group FaceTime call

Here's how to make a Group FaceTime call:

  • 1. From the call, tap the plus icon (+).
  • 2. Then tap Add Person.
  • 3. Enter the contact's name, phone number or email address.
  • 4. Then tap Add Person to FaceTime.

You can also make a FaceTime call directly from a group Messages conversation.

Just open the conversation, tap the contacts at the top, and then tap FaceTime to start your call.


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