21 of the Best FaceTime Tips and Tricks to Use it Like a Pro

Facetime Tips And Tricks

FaceTime is Apple’s propriety audio and video calling service. You can use it for one-on-one or group calling. It offers filters, stickers, screen sharing, and much more. Whether you are new to FaceTime or have been using it for a while, the following FaceTime tips and tricks will help you make the most out of it.

1. Switch from Voice Call to FaceTime

When you are on a voice call with someone using the Phone app, you can quickly switch to a FaceTime call without disconnecting the call.

  1. Open the ongoing call screen and tap on the FaceTime button. The FaceTime button will appear grey if the other person isn’t an iPhone user.
Facetime Tips And Tricks Convert Call Regular
  1. You should be able to start receiving the video feed from the other end if the person accepts the invitation.

2. Start a FaceTime Call Using Siri

You can use Siri to create a FaceTime call without touching your phone.

  1. Fire up Siri by either saying “Hey Siri” or holding the Home/Side button.
  2. Say “FaceTime [Contact Name].”

3. Disable Your Video

You can have a FaceTime video call without enabling your camera if you so choose.

  1. Tap on the screen to show the call toolbar at the top.
  2. Tap on the video camera icon to turn off your video. You will still be able to see others and they will hear you. When your camera is off, your initials will be displayed instead.
Facetime Tricks And Tips Disable Video

Pro Tip: tap on the video camera icon to switch from FaceTime audio call to video. The other person needs to accept the video call request before the video call connects.

4. Mute on FaceTime

If you don’t want to contribute during a video call, you can mute yourself. Muting the audio comes in handy, especially when you are in a group or conference where someone is speaking, and you don’t want any noises coming from your end (background or otherwise) disrupting the call.

  1. Tap on the screen to show the call toolbar.
  2. Press the microphone icon to turn it off.
Facetime Tricks And Tips Disable Microphne

In iOS 15, if you talk while your microphone is muted, you will be prompted to turn it on. You can keep it muted or enable it. This feature has been added because many times we forget that we have muted ourselves and we start talking without unmuting.

Note: you cannot mute others on FaceTime.

5. Change Incoming Calls Style

Incoming calls would cover the iPhone’s entire screen prior to iOS 14. Thankfully, that changed with the introduction of banner-style calls in iOS 14. The incoming FaceTime calls no longer cover the full screen but instead appear as a banner at the top.

  1. Open “Settings” and go to “FaceTime → Incoming calls.”
Facetime Tips And Tricks Banner Incoming
  1. Tap on “Banner” to activate this style.

6. Add Animojis, Memojis, and Shapes

To spruce up your FaceTime calls, you can add emojis and animated stickers on your video screen. The stickers will stay as long as you don’t remove them.

  1. Tap on your video preview screen at the bottom and hit the Effects (star) icon. The available add-ons will appear.
  2. Tap on Emoji stickers or Stickers and select the desired emoji to add it to your video.
Facetime Tricks And Tips Sticker Add
  1. Hold and drag the sticker to change its position. Press and hold it and tap on the X icon to delete it.

Pro Tip: slightly swipe up on the bar that holds the Emoji stickers, Stickers, Filters button, etc., to see their labels.

7. Add Filters

FaceTime lets you modify the appearance of your video by adding a filter to it.

  1. Tap on the Effects icon in your video preview screen.
  2. Hit the Filters button to browse the available filters.
Facetime Tricks And Tips Filter Add
  1. Tap on the desired filter to apply it.
Facetime Tricks And Tips Filter

8. Add Text Label

If you want to impress someone, add text labels during FaceTime. Let’s say you want to say you’re sorry, thank them, or that you miss them. Simply put these labels on the video and half of your job is done.

  1. Tap on the Effects icon inside the video preview window, then press the “Aa” icon.
Facetime Tricks And Tips Text Add
  1. Choose the desired text label style from the available options.
  2. Type the text in the label, then tap somewhere else on the screen to save it. You can move the label to wherever you want by holding it.
Facetime Tricks And Tips Accept Text

9. Zoom Your Video

If you want to show someone something that is far away from you, zooming in can help.

  1. Enlarge your video preview screen by tapping it.
  2. Use two fingers to do the pinch-out gesture to zoom in on the screen.
  3. To zoom out, use the pinch-in gesture. Alternatively, tap on the 1x button repeatedly to cycle through the available zoom modes.
Facetime Tricks And Tips Zoom

10. Use Portrait Mode

Do you want to blur your background in FaceTime calls? That’s possible with the Portrait mode feature available in devices with iOS 15.

To do so, open “Control Center” while you are on a Facetime call. Long-press on the Video effects tile and enable Portrait mode. This mode will show a blurred background behind you.

Facetime Tips And Tricks Portrait Mode

11. Take Live Photos

It’s no secret that you can take a regular screenshot of your FaceTime call. But did you know that you can take a live photo of a FaceTime call?

  1. Tap on the video window and press the white Shutter button to take a live photo of the person. You will receive a notification saying “You took a FaceTime photo,” and a similar notification will be sent to the other person as well.
Facetime Tricks And Tips Live Photo
  1. You will find the live photos in the Apple Photos app. Hold the photo to watch the live video.
  2. Please note that all participants must have Live photos enabled in FaceTime settings; otherwise, no one will be able to capture a Live photo.
  3. To enable it, go to “Settings → FaceTime.” Enable the toggle next to “FaceTime Live Photos.”
Facetime Tips And Tricks Live Photo Enable

12. FaceTime Android and Windows Users

If you are on iOS 15, you can FaceTime people outside of the Apple ecosystem, meaning Android and Windows users. This is possible with the help of shareable links in FaceTime, which only work on the Chrome and Edge browsers but on any device.

To create shareable links, follow these steps:

  1. Open the FaceTime app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on “Create Link.” The default name for the link is “FaceTime Link.” You can keep it or change it by tapping on “Add name” on the next screen.
Facetime Tips And Tricks Link Create
  1. Select the app or person with whom you want to share the link. You can share it with multiple people.
Facetime Tips And Tricks Links Share
  1. In the FaceTime app on your iPhone, tap on the link you created and press the “Join” button to join the call.
Facetime Tips And Tricks Link Join
  1. The other person needs to tap on the FaceTime link and open it in either Chrome or Edge.
  2. Once they tap on the link, they will be asked to enter their name, then tap “Continue.”
  3. Press the “Join” button on the video preview screen.
Facetime Tips And Tricks Links Join Other Phone
  1. As the initiator of the call, you will receive a notification on your iPhone that someone requested to join the call. Tap on the screen to show the top bar.
  2. Press on the “Person Waiting” text to see the waiting list.
  3. Tap on the green checkmark to allow the person or red X to reject someone. Once you accept the person, the FaceTime call will start.
Facetime Tricks And Tips Accept Reject People

Please keep in mind that anyone with the link to the FaceTime call can join it.

13. Silence Join Requests

As you saw in the above tip, the creator of the FaceTime call will be notified whenever someone attempts to join the call. This can be distracting if many people are joining the call. Thankfully, FaceTime lets you disable the join request notifications.

  1. Tap on the text in the top toolbar of a FaceTime call.
  2. Enable the toggle next to “Silence join requests.” Now, whenever someone requests to join a call, you will see pending requests in the top bar but you won’t be notified of it.
Facetime Tricks And Tips Silence Join Requests

What’s interesting about shareable links on FaceTime is that they don’t expire until you delete them. You can use them in the future to FaceTime with the same set of people.

  1. Tap on the link name in the FaceTime app to start the call.
  2. You can also share it with more or delete it so that no one can join it. For that, tap on the (i) icon next to the link name and press the “Delete link” button. Alternatively, swipe left on the link name on the main screen of FaceTime and press the “Delete” button.
Facetime Tips And Tricks Links Delete

15. Start FaceTime Calls from a Browser

Generally, people outside of the Apple ecosystem can only join FaceTime calls – they cannot create them. However, there’s a workaround to start a FaceTime call from browsers. Because the shareable links remain active on both ends until the creator deletes them, you can use the same to create FaceTime calls from Android and Windows devices.

For that, you will need to ask the person with whom you want to FaceTime to send you the FaceTime joining link. Once you have the link, bookmark it, then open it anytime to start a FaceTime call from your end.

The other person will be notified that someone wants to join the call. That’s it. They need to accept your invitation to join the call.

Facetime Tips And Tricks Request To Join

16. Choose Microphone Modes

With iOS 15, Apple introduced new machine learning-based features for filtering background noise and emphasizing your own audio. The first is the “Voice Isolation Mode,” which prioritizes your voice while blocking out background noise. The second feature is “Wide Spectrum Mode,” which allows others to hear everything going on around you.

  1. To use these modes in a Facetime call, start or join a FaceTime call.
  2. During the call, open Control Center on your device.
  3. Tap on Mic mode and choose the audio mode from “Standard,” “Voice Isolation,” or “Wide Spectrum.”
Facetime Tips And Tricks Microphone Modes

17. Use FaceTime in Picture-in-Picture Mode

If you are using iOS 14 and above, you can multitask while being on a FaceTime call. This is possible with the Picture-in-Picture mode (PiP) mode, where your FaceTime screen will appear in a floating window.

To do so, swipe up or press the Home button while you are on a FaceTime call. The video will start playing in a floating window that you can resize and move around on your screen.

18. Share Screen in FaceTime Call

iOS 15 lets you share your iPhone screen with other participants in a FaceTime call.

  1. Tap on the screen while in a Facetime call to show the toolbar.
  2. Press on the Shareplay icon in the Calls toolbar and select “Share my screen.”
Facetime Tricks And Tips Share Screen
  1. Swipe up or press the Home button to open other apps on your phone.

Others can see whatever is visible on your screen. To turn off screen sharing, open FaceTime again and tap on the same Screen share button.

19. Watch Movies or Listen to Music Together

Want to watch movies or TV shows together with your friends in real-time through your phone? That’s possible with the help of the SharePlay feature in FaceTime that lets you sync music playlists and watch media with others. The shared content will start playing on your friend’s device as well.

  1. Join a FaceTime call, then swipe up or press the Home button to reach the other apps on your phone.
  2. Open the supported app whose content you want to share, such as Apple TV or Apple Music.
  3. Select a show or song to play.
  4. You will be asked to choose whether you want to play it for everyone or just for yourself.
  5. Tap on “Play for everyone.” Others will see a notification on the screen asking them to accept the SharePlay request.

Note: make sure “Settings → FaceTime → SharePlay” is enabled to use this feature.

20. Record FaceTime Video and Audio

You can record FaceTime calls on your iPhone using the native screen recording functionality. Open Control Center while you are on a FaceTime call and tap on the “Screen recording” button to start recording the call. To record FaceTime audio as well, touch and hold the “Screen recording” button and tap on the “Microphone” button to turn it on.

Facetime Tips And Tricks Screen Recording

Tip: if you don’t find the Screen Recording button in Control Center, go to “Settings → Control Center” and enable “Screen recording.”

21. Use Email Address Instead of Phone Number

If you don’t want to share your phone number, others can FaceTime you using your email address as well.

  1. To choose how you want to be reached on FaceTime, open “Settings -> FaceTime.”
  2. Select the email address from the list.
Facetime Tips And Tricks Select Email
  1. If the required email ID doesn’t show up, or you want to add more addresses, go to “Settings” and tap on your name followed by “Name, Phone number, Email.”
Facetime Tips And Tricks Email Name
  1. Tap on “Edit” next to “Contactable at” and hit the “Add email or phone number” button. Choose “Add an email address.”
Facetime Tips And Tricks Email Edit

Get the Most Out of FaceTime

Now that you’ve upped your knowledge regarding FaceTime, perhaps you want to explore more topics from the Apple ecosystem. Read on to learn how to sync iMessages from iOS and Mac or use “Find My” to protect and track your iPhone.

Mehvish Mushtaq
Mehvish Mushtaq

Mehvish is a tech lover from Kashmir. With a degree in computer engineering, she's always been happy to help anyone who finds technology challenging. She's been writing about technology for over six years, and her favorite topics include how-to guides, explainers, tips and tricks for Android, iOS/iPadOS, Windows, social media, and web apps.

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