Make and answer calls with FaceTime - iPad User Guide


Use FaceTime to make video or audio calls to someone who’s also using an iOS device or a Mac. Using the FaceTime camera, you can talk face-to-face; switch to the rear iSight camera (not available on all models) to share what you see around you. To capture a special moment of your conversation, take a FaceTime Live Photo (on supported models) which takes a still and records a brief video of the moment.

Note: FaceTime may not be available in all areas.

The FaceTime screen showing a call in progress. Your image appears in a small rectangle in the upper left, and the image of the other person fills the screen. Across the bottom of the screen are the Take Picture, End Call, and Mute buttons.

With a Wi-Fi connection and an Apple ID, you can make and receive FaceTime calls (first sign in using your Apple ID, or create a new account). On iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular models, you can also make FaceTime calls over a cellular data connection, which may incur additional charges. See Cellular data settings.

Set up FaceTime. Make sure FaceTime is turned on in Settings > FaceTime. You can also specify a phone number, Apple ID, or email address to use with FaceTime and set your caller ID.

Make a FaceTime call. Tap FaceTime, then type the name or number you want to call in the entry field at the top left. Tap the FaceTime button to make a video call, or tap the FaceTime audio button to make a FaceTime audio call. Or tap the Add button to open Contacts and start your call from there.

Ask Siri. Say something like: “Make a FaceTime call.”

Take a FaceTime Live Photo. (On supported models) To capture a moment of your call, tap the Take Picture button (make sure FaceTime Live Photos is turned on in Settings > FaceTime). The camera captures what happens just before and after you take the photo, including the audio, so you can see and hear it later just the way it happened. The photo is added to your Camera Roll. See Take photos.

Leave a message. If no one answers your call, tap Leave a Message. You can also choose to cancel the call or try calling back.

Want to call again? Tap FaceTime to see your call history in the left panel. Tap Audio or Video to refine your search, then tap a name or number to call again. Tap the Info button to open the name or number in Contacts.

Delete a call from call history. Tap FaceTime to see your call history. Swipe a call to the left, then tap Delete to delete the name or number from your call history.

Can’t take a call right now? When a FaceTime call comes in, you can answer or choose another option.

The incoming call screen. In the top row, from left to right, are the Remind Me and Message buttons. In the bottom row, from left to right, are the Decline and Accept buttons.

See the whole gang. Rotate iPad to use FaceTime in landscape orientation. To avoid unwanted orientation changes, lock iPad in portrait orientation. See Change the screen orientation.