|FaceTime is Apple's video chatting application that's built into the iPhone 4 and subsequent generations, as well as the iPad 2 and subsequent generations. With the push of a button and wireless or 3G connection, you can see your friend in a video chat no matter how many miles apart you are. ...Read more|
- Press the home button and unlock your screen. On your homepage, click on the "Phone" icon to open up your contact book.
- Find the friend whom you want to FaceTime in your Favorites or Contacts section. Click on their name to open their contact entry on your phone. Then click on the "FaceTime" button.
- You will start calling your friend. Wait for your phones to connect over the Internet and for your friend to answer.
- When the video call connects, your friend will be presented with the option to accept or decline your call.
- Once both parties are in the call, you will be able to see your friend in the main screen and yourself in a smaller picture. There are three buttons at the bottom: mute the call (so you can hear them but they can't hear you), end the call, and switch to the front or back camera.
- The screenshots for this article were taken with an iPhone 4, but the steps are very similar for other generations of the iPhone.
- FaceTime works better when both parties have a reliable wireless connection. 3G will suffice for short FaceTime video chats, but the application may demand too much data to maintain a reliable 3G connection.
- If you are stuck without wireless and only have 3G or 4G, consider downloading the Tango Video Calls app. It works with smartphones and tablets, and claims to support a better connection over 3G and 4G than FaceTime.
- It's helpful to stand your iPhone up against something (e.g., a shelf) if you want to sit and video chat someone, so you don't have to keep holding your phone an arm's length away from your face.
- Using FaceTime on 3G or 4G may incur large data usage charges. Make sure you have ample remaining data in your monthly plan before you use FaceTime without a wireless connection.
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