One of the most popular features on Apple devices is FaceTime, which gives you the ability to video call, someone, directly from your smartphone, wherever you are in the world. It’s the perfect feature for anyone going on holiday or to share life’s biggest family moments. In this guide, we explain how to use FaceTime and set it up on your iPhone.

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How to set up FaceTime

Before you can make a call using FaceTime, you’ll need to sign into your Apple ID:

  1. Go to ‘Settings’
  2. Scroll down to FaceTime and tap ‘use your Apple ID for FaceTime
  3. Sign in to your Apple ID

Using FaceTime

Now that you’re all set up, you are ready to make a FaceTime call from your iPhone. It’s worth noting that you must have the recipient’s phone number or email address to FaceTime someone:

1.Tap on the FaceTime app, which is usually located on your device’s home screen
2.Once you’re in the FaceTime app, select ‘New FaceTime,’ and type in the search box the person’s name, phone number, or email address you’d like to call
3. After you’ve found them, tap on them as it appears
4. Double-check it’s the correct person and then tap on ‘FaceTime’ to call

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How to share screen

Sharing your iPhone screen allows everyone to see exactly what you’re looking at, from searching the internet to scrolling through old photos:

  1. Ensure your device iOS is 15.1 or later. If not, you’ll need to update your system software
  2. While you’re on a FaceTime call, tap the Share Content icon
  3. Tap on the Share My Screen icon
  4. You’re done!

Live captions on FaceTime

One notable feature that can be hugely beneficial for people who are hearing impaired is the live caption feature. It works by transcribing the conversation on your iPhone screen in real-time; this makes it effortless to follow the conversation, especially during a weak Wi-Fi connection:

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  1. Make a call using the FaceTime app
  2. During a video call, tap on the screen. This will then show you the FaceTime controls
  3. Tap the icon with the small ‘i’ in the centre at the top of the controls
  4. Turn on ‘Live Captions’, then tap ‘Done’

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