Did you know that iPhone users can FaceTime with non-iPhone users? Yep! While it requires the latest iOS update, you can now video chat with friends and family who don’t use an iPhone. Here’s how to FaceTime Android users in just five easy steps!
What to Know Before You Start
Users of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac with the new iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey updates can now communicate via video with Android users.
Sadly, Android users can’t download the FaceTime app or initiate their own FaceTime chats. But, you can chat with them by sending a simple link.
Why Use FaceTime?
While Zoom and Skype are popular video chat services, sometimes a call to a loved one, friend, or colleague needs to be done on the go or via a phone if your laptop isn’t nearby. But when you have an iPhone and they have an Android, it might seem impossible to do without downloading a specific app.
Not anymore though! Apple recently launched their new iOS 15 update for iPhone and iPad, so now you can use FaceTime, which is already downloaded on most devices, and is free to use. FaceTime call them right from your phone, without them needing an iPhone or specific app.
How to FaceTime Android
Once you’ve made sure that you have the latest update, let’s show you how to FaceTime an Android user.
Step 1: Open the FaceTime App
First, you’ll need to open the FaceTime app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Most users already have FaceTime automatically installed, but if you don’t, now is the time to add it via the Apple store. It is free to use, so you won’t have to pay anything to download the app.
Step 2: Create a New Link
Once you’re in the FaceTime app, you’ll see an option on the left-hand side to create a new link. Go ahead and click that option.
Step 3: Text/Email the New Link
The link you create can be copied and sent to anyone with an Android. While texting the link is easier, you can also send it via email. In this case, we’re going to text it.
Step 4: Join the Call
After you’ve sent the link, you can then join the call and wait for the other user(s) to join. You will need to be on the call to accept requests to join. To join in on the call, simply press the green “Join” button.
Step 5: Accept Your Invitee’s Request to Join
When the Android user(s) join in, you will see their name pop up at the top of the screen. This is because they have the request to join in on the call. To accept, just click “accept” and they will be added to the call. It’s that simple!
How To FaceTime Android Wrap Up
Apple has made it easier than ever to FaceTime with loved ones, colleagues, and more, even if they don’t have an iPhone or iPad! Now that you know how to FaceTime Android users, try giving one a video call.