FaceTime is a preinstalled video and audio calling app for iOS users with high speed and different options. Group FaceTime calls are available for iOS users with the launch of iOS 12.1. Now you are able to make group video calls with your friends, your family members or for business purposes fast and easy. iOS 12.1 is available for iOS devices and in case you have not installed it yet you can update it by going to Settings > General > Software Update and download the new software in order to enable FaceTime group calls.
Group FaceTime will work with nearly all iOS devices on this version of iOS, however the way it works depends on the particular device. A video group call can be held on iPhone 6s, the iPad Pro, the iPad Air 2, and the iPad Mini 4 and newer models. While older devices can still join a group video call, but only audio would be received.
How to group FaceTime on the FaceTime app?
In order to make group video calls directly through the FaceTime app follow the instruction below step by step.
- Make sure you have updated your iOS to the latest version.
- Open the FaceTime app on your device.
- Tap on the + icon on the top right corner of screen.
- Search for contacts you want to make a group call and add them.
- Tap the green Audio for group audio calls or Video button for group video calls at the bottom of screen.
How to Group FaceTime from the Messages App?
You are able to start a group call from Messages app and not through the FaceTime itself. For this to work first you need a group. You can go through an existing group conversation or you can create a new one. Follow the steps below to start a group video call using Messages app.
Step 1. Make sure you have installed the latest version of iOS to enable the feature.
Step 2. Open Messages.
Step 3. Open the group conversation which you want to establish a call there.
Step 3. Tap the group photo at the top center of the screen.
Step 4. Tap FaceTime.
In case you do so every user in the group would be able to choose to join the group call.
How to make group video calls from FaceTime on a Mac?
Before starting in order to enable group FaceTime on Mac make sure that you are running macOS 10.14 Mojave. Then follow this simple instruction step by step.
1.Open the FaceTime program on your Mac.
2.Click + icon to select desired contacts.
3.Click Video to start the group video call.
How to join a group FaceTime call already in progress?
When any user send you a call and you miss the notifications or not to join the call at that moment for any reason you still can join it later while the call is in progress. Here are three ways to join during a holding group call. You can simply tap the notification from the Lock Screen or Notification Center and enter the call directly. You also can tap the Join button within the Messages group if the call is being held there, and finally you are able to open the FaceTime app and tap the call button to do so.
How to add another user to the FaceTime group call?
If you forgot to add all of the necessary people to your group call do not worry. You can do it at any time later. In order to add another user to the current group call, follow the instruction below step by step.
1.Tap the + icon on the in progress call screen.
2.Choose Add Person.
3.Search the contact’s name, phone number, or FaceTime email address.
4.Tap the “Add Person To FaceTime” button.
Here you go. The contact is added. You can add how many contact you want up to the group calls limit.
How to make group FaceTime audio calls?
Another kind of group calls that FaceTime supports is audio calls for sure. Audio calls are just like normal phone calls, while they are sent through Apple instead of your phone company. Simply choose contacts and then tap the audio call icon at the end. With iOS 12.1 update and group FaceTime feature with it, the number of people you can have group audio calls with is 32, just like for video while before they only supported 3 people.
Frequent questions and answers about group calls
FaceTime sometimes slows or even loses connection. The reason is that you have been using poor signal for internet connection, especially when you are engaged on a group video call you would need strong connection and bandwidth.
There are somethings that you need to check to solve the problem. first make sure your iOS is updated. Then check your signal strength and finally using VPNs that enable more stable connections can help to go through FaceTime calls.
In case you you want to leave any group call you just need to tap on the big red X within the call and simply leave it.
By this time according to Apple support center up to 32 contacts can join a group call at a time.
When a Group call is initiated you will get a notification letting you know that a FaceTime call is initiating, which you can tap to join.
If you have a call with multiple people, you are able to see tiles of various sizes. Those who have not spoken recently minimized in small tiles.
You can double tap on any person’s tile to during a group call to make it to enlarge the tile to its biggest possible size. If you tap again you can go back to the standard tiled view.
Yes they go through internet connection and you only have to pay for internet and not mobile bills.
Using your Mac, you can record FaceTime calls to view later. You also can use third party applications on the internet to record video calls.
You can FaceTime without service providing if you have a WiFi Connection available and it has already been set up on your device. Because FaceTime uses internet connection and not mobile service.