Video calls are one of the best ways to keep in touch with your loved ones when we are away from you. FaceTime is one of the most popular apps because it is free and easy to use. With Group FaceTime, you can set up a call with up to 32 people.
Tap or click here to use FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to make group calls. Problems arise when you try to contact people on different devices. FaceTime has only been available to Apple users for a long time, leaving those with Android in the dust.
Good news: Apple’s FaceTime app is no longer limited to iPhone and iPad users. Thanks to the iOS 15 update, iPhone users can now share video calls with their friends who are using Android phones. You can even join a FaceTime call from your computer.
How to FaceTime with Friends on Android or Windows
You can invite anyone to join a FaceTime call, even people who don’t have an Apple device. They can participate in individual or group calls from their browser.
Related: 5 Alternatives to FaceTime for Android
NoticeableYou can’t create a FaceTime link with Windows or a non-Apple device, but you can join a FaceTime call if someone shares a link with you.
Here’s how to join a FaceTime call if someone shares a link with you:
- Open the link in your browser. You can do this on your Android device or Windows PC.
- Enter your name, then select Continue. You will need to allow FaceTime to use your microphone and camera.
- Select Join. Then wait for the call host to let you in.
- Select Leave to leave the call.
Create a FaceTime link
If you’re the one who owns an Apple device, you can create a FaceTime link to share with family or friends on your Windows or Android device. Here’s how to create the link:
- open the FaceTime app and press Create link.
- handle add a name, type a name for the meeting, then tap Yes. This lets others know which call they are joining.
- Select the person you want to send the link to, or send the link from Messages, Mail or any other supported apps in the share menu.
Your screen will look like this:
You will also see a few different ways you can share the link. Maybe you want to share it via email or text message. You can also use Twitter, Google Calendar, or some other application. You can also skip these steps and just copy and paste the link.
Related: Tech tip: How to video conference from your Android phone
Some caveats: You can’t schedule FaceTime calls like you can in other video apps. You also need to initiate the call before anyone else can join.
Happy video chat!