What is Facetime? A detailed guide on how to use and the cool features of Facetime

What is a FaceTime call? You may have come across it a few times without realizing it, as it is quite common nowadays. It is an application that allows users to communicate through audio/video calls, integrated into Apple devices.


In fact, the question “What is Facetime?” and “How to use Facetime?” are no longer unfamiliar to those who have experience using iPhone, iPad, or Apple products in general. But for those who are new to using Apple devices and do not understand what Facetime is, let’s find out in detail in the following article with FPT Shop!

1. What is Facetime?

Facetime is an application for voice or video calls that is created as a user privilege within the Apple ecosystem. The app allows users to communicate with each other without having to download any additional external support apps.

Just like other communication platforms such as Messenger, Zalo, Telegram, Viber, etc., it works by connecting the device to Wi-Fi or 3G/4G cellular network. Especially, this feature can be used completely FREE after you have logged in to your ID Apple account.

What is Facetime? Detailed guide on how to use Facetime

What is Facetime? It is an Apple application that allows users to make calls to others similar to Zalo, Viber, Messenger, etc.

But there are some notes when you want to have this feature:

  • Apple updates Facetime feature for devices from iPhone 6S and above. Older models like iPhone 5/ iPhone 5 Plus or iPhone 6/ iPhone 6 Plus can only use Facetime Audio.
  • To use the full group Facetime feature, you must use devices from iPhone 6S, iPad Pro and above, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, and have at least iOS 12 operating system.

2. How to enable Facetime on iPhone?

First of all, when you start calling Facetime on your iPhone, the first thing you must do is check if your Facetime is already “On” or not, as follows:

Step 1: On the home screen, select Settings > Choose Facetime

Step 2: In the Facetime section, if Facetime is already turned on, it will be blue when you swipe. If not, press it to activate this feature.

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Step 3: After turning on Facetime, your iPhone will automatically register the phone number and update your contacts.

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Here, you can also register additional Apple ID addresses so that others can contact you via Facetime not only through phone numbers but also through email.

3. How to make a Facetime call

There are 3 methods that you can apply to start a Facetime call:

Method 1: In the Facetime app on the iPhone, select New Facetime. Then, choose the person you want to contact.

Method 2: Also in the Facetime app, but you have another option which is Create link. Here, you can share the contact link with many other people, including Android users.

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Method 3: In the contacts, select the person you need to Facetime (but this person must be in the Apple ecosystem), and click on the Facetime call whether it’s Audio or Video!

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All of the above methods are designed by Apple to make it convenient for you to quickly make a Facetime call to your friends, family, and colleagues.

4. Learn some cool features of Facetime

Through the article, you may have understood what Facetime is, how to use it, and its cool features. The following, FPT Shop will explore more about the cool features of Facetime so that everyone can make the most of it!

Make calls and send messages during a Facetime call

When you are in a call and need to send important information to the other party, just select the Message icon in the top left corner. Immediately, the iPhone will display a chat box for you to compose a message without interrupting the ongoing call.

Background blur feature in Facetime calls

This is a new and recently improved feature from Apple. Therefore, to use the Background blur feature, your device must be running iOS 15 or later operating system.

In the Facetime call interface, click on your image, and you will see the icon representing the Background blur feature. Select that icon, and the background in the call will be blurred or removed. Now, you don’t have to worry about the surrounding background and can comfortably chat.

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Background blur feature in Facetime calls

Take screenshots during a Facetime call

To capture some moments during the call, Apple has introduced the screenshot feature that allows people to store memorable memories.

When you want to take a screenshot, simply tap the screen once, and the Capture button will appear. The captured image will be automatically saved in Your photo library. Then, you just need to find it and share it later.

SharePlay feature

This is also a quite interesting feature that allows you to share your screen with the person on the other end of the call. You can watch documents, lesson slides, or your favorite movie just by using this SharePlay feature.

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SharePlay feature allows you to share your screen with others during the call.

But there is a small drawback that this feature is only available for users who have updated their operating system to iOS 15 or later.

Instead, Facetime calls have a major advantage as they allow participants to control activities such as play, pause, forward, rewind. This allows users to have flexible and interactive experiences in the conversation.

To check if your SharePlay is already “On” or not, go to Settings > Choose Facetime > Slide to turn on SharePlay.

After turning it on, during the call, select the outermost icon on the right > select Share My Screen.

Above are all the basic information you need to know to understand what Facetime is, how to use it, and its cool features. FPT Shop hopes this article will be helpful to you, and if you have any further questions about Facetime, please do not hesitate to comment below for support!

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