FaceTime for Mac – How to use FaceTime on Mac

Are you having difficulties making use of FaceTime for Mac devices? Then you don’t need to panic anymore because in this article I will review how to use it, record calls, and group calls, add email addresses, and many others.

FaceTime for Mac

FaceTime for Mac

FaceTime is a proprietary video telephone product developed by Apple Inc.  It is been available on supported iOS mobile devices and Macintosh computers that run Mac OSX 10.9.2 and later. FaceTime supports any iOS device with a forward-facing camera and any Macintosh computer equipped with a FaceTime camera.

You can use FaceTime to call someone if they have a Mac or an iOS device that supports FaceTime. On the other hand, you are calling and also need to be signed in to FaceTime. If they are on Mac they need to have FaceTime open.

How to Set Up FaceTime on a Mac

Here’s how to set it up:

  • Open FaceTime on your Mac.
  • Enter your Apple Id email address and password and hit sign in. if you have two-step or two-factor authentication turned on for your Apple ID enter your verification code.
  • Uncheck the boxes next to the email address if you don’t want to receive calls.

Following the above steps you will easily set up FaceTime on a Mac.

How to use FaceTime on Mac

Leave your phone in your pocket or desk and make your next call with FaceTime call instead.

  • Open FaceTime on your Mac.
  • Choose video or audio based on the type of call you want to make.
  • Click on the contact’s name, number, or email.
  • Click on the Phone icon or the camera icon to initiate a call.

NOTE: you can search for the contact’s name, phone number, or email address by using the search bar.

How to Add an Email Address on FaceTime

If you have a lot of email addresses, you can set FaceTime up to allow people to contact you using any of them. Below are the steps given;

  • Open FaceTime on your Mac.
  • Then tap on FaceTime in the menu bar and select Preferences.
  • Click Add email.
  • Enter the new Email address.

The above are steps on how to add an email address.

How to Make Group Video Calls Using Mac

Making a FaceTime group video call on a Mac is a little different from that on a mobile device. Below are the steps

  • Open the FaceTime app.
  • In the panel that appears to the left of the video feed.
  • You will see a search bar that says “enter a name, email, or number”. Do as it says.
  • Two buttons will appear on the screen after the first name.
  • Pick everyone you want to call.
  • Click on the video call button on the screen.
  • It will start the call instantly.

NOTE: You can add up to 31 people on the group video call.

How to Record FaceTime calls and save them to your Mac

Here’s how to record those FaceTime calls and save them to your Mac.

  • Open QuickTime on your Mac.
  • Click on the file in the menu bar.
  • Pick a New Screen Recording.
  • In the pop-out box at the bottom, next to the Record button.
  • Click on the options button.
  • Choose the device that you are using under the microphone.

NOTE: with the option button, you will be able to select exactly where the recording is saved to.  There are also a few default options but if you click other locations…Then you can select the destination where the files are saved.

How to Start Recording After you have set up your FaceTime on Record

Below are the steps of how to start recording after you have set up your FaceTime on record.

  • Tap on FaceTime on your Mac.
  • Click the record button in QuickTime.
  • Tap on the screen if you want to record your entire screen.
  • Click on the FaceTime window to only record FaceTime.
  • Start your FaceTime Call.

Take Note: once the call comes to an end; tap the stop recording button on the menu bar. It will automatically save the record to your file to the pre-determined destination. You can go there and play it back, video or audio, and it is for reference as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is FaceTime Available for Android?

Is there a FaceTime app for android? Sadly, FaceTime is not available on the Google Play Store. There are, however, alternative apps like Google Meet that offer a similar face-to-face call experience across mobile devices.

 What is FaceTime and how Does it Work?

FaceTime lets you make video calls to people on your iPhone, iPad, or Macintosh computer’s contacts list. Anybody on your contact list who also has FaceTime can be called. When you video someone you will see their face full screen.

Are FaceTime Calls Free?

If you are using your internet connection, FaceTime is free. if you’re using your data plan on your phone, you’ll need to check with your phone carrier about overage charges.

Is FaceTime Free on WhatsApp?

Video call through WhatsApp is free, but only up to point. After all, you do pay for your data volume, since the connection is established via the internet.


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