To have a FaceTime call with one other person, you need a Mac with OS X Lion 10.7 or later, a broadband Internet connection, and a built-in or connected microphone or camera. Or use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Here are a few quick steps that you can follow to active camera on your MacBook Pro: To enable camera on your Apple laptop, you need to select the Applications icon in the Dock at the bottom-right of your screen; You can either open Photo Booth or Facetime from Applications. Facetime on a MacBook Pro with Blackmagic Ultrastudio The facetime app sees the BlackMagic Ultrastudio Mini Recorder as an option under video settings. But when I select it, it doesn't change anything. Beginning a Group FaceTime call from a Mac is quite simple: Open the “FaceTime” app on the Mac. Enter a contacts name, phone number, or email address of the person (s) you want to Group FaceTime, separated by commas or after selecting each individually from the Contacts match. Click the green “Video” button to begin the Group FaceTime. Apple has released a FaceTime Camera Driver Update for all 2015 MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks that improves FaceTime camera compatibility with Windows. Apple recommends that all.
To call a group of people, follow the steps in Use Group FaceTime on Mac.
The person you're calling doesn't need to have the FaceTime app open, but to receive the call on their Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, they do need to be signed in to FaceTime on that device. You can then call them using any phone number or email address they set up for FaceTime.
Open the FaceTime app and enter the email address or phone number of the person that you want to call. If the person is in your Contacts app, you can enter just their name. Then click the Audio button or Video button to call.
You can also just ask Siri to ”FaceTime John” or ”FaceTime audio Lisa,” for example.
From the notification that appears on your Mac, click Accept to answer the call in the FaceTime app.
If you click the arrow next to Accept, you can choose to accept as an audio call instead of video call. If you click the arrow next to Decline, you can choose to send a message to the caller or set a reminder to call back later.
You can also use the Touch Bar to accept or decline a FaceTime call.
Anyone on the call can add more people to the call, creating a Group FaceTime call.
Lean more about how to use Group FaceTime.
During a call, move your pointer over the FaceTime window to show these controls.
Turn the video from your camera off or on.
Switch to or from a full-screen FaceTime window.
Take a Live Photo of the other person.
FaceTime is not available in all countries or regions.
How cool is the world today — we get to travel on a scale never known to people before, we work from home, and video chat with loved ones from work. Wherever we decide to be today, we stay connected. Luckily, Mac has a built-in video and audio calling app just for that.
FaceTime for Mac is completely free and as long as the person you’re calling has an Apple device supporting FaceTime (iPhone 4, iPad 2, and macOS 10.9.2 or later) — you’re good to go.
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Seeing your loved ones when you’re away, talking to friends abroad, cooperating with colleagues, or simply saving typing time by hopping on a quick call — whatever the case, both FaceTime and Group FaceTime are very easy to use. Let’s get you started!
As the FaceTime app is installed on your Mac by default, there’s nothing extra you need to download and the setup process is quite straightforward:
Open the FaceTime app by clicking on the FaceTime icon in the menu bar or press ⌘ + Space and type FaceTime
If FaceTime isn’t already turned on, click Turn On
Log in with your Apple ID and password
To determine how and by whom you can be reached on FaceTime, go to FaceTime ➙ Preferences. Here you can decide if you want all the email addresses tied to your Apple account to be used for FaceTime (for example, you might not want people who have your work email address to contact you this way).
Deselect any email addresses you don’t want to be used to call you on FaceTime
If you want to add an email address to the list, simply open System Preferences ➙ iCloud ➙ Account Details ➙ Contacts, and hit the plus icon. The changes will automatically appear in FaceTime preferences.
Most Macs are designed to handle FaceTime calls, so to start chatting you just need to check that all the accessories are in place:
Good internet connection with at least 128 kbps download and upload speed
A built-in or connected camera (MacBooks and iMacs come with one, but you need to purchase it separately for Mac Mini and Mac Pro)
A microphone (most Macs have them, but you can also plug in a headset with a mic for better quality)
Apple ID for FaceTime login
As long as you and the person you’re trying to call both have a sufficiently good internet connection, are logged in to FaceTime, and have the app open — using FaceTime for Mac is effortless:
Go to your Contacts app
Search for the person you want to call. You can search by name, telephone number, or email address.
Click on the contact’s profile and select the option to start a FaceTime call (looks like a video camera icon)
Assuming your FaceTime app is open and you’re signed in, when someone calls you:
You will see a pop-up window. If FaceTime is closed, you’ll see a notification in the top-right corner.
The notification will tell you who’s calling if you have their details in the Contacts app
If you want to speak with them, click Accept
When you want to end the call click the red handset icon
Tip: Use Meeter app to schedule recurring FaceTime calls. The app is also a huge time-saver if you use more than one video conferencing service (say, FaceTime and Zoom). Meeter brings all your scheduled meetings into one spot in the menu bar, and sends you notifs with clickable meeting links so that you can join instantly.
Group FaceTime is, naturally, for times when you need to get a group of people together, be it a family gathering or business meeting. The FaceTime app allows for up to 32 participants in the same active video chat.
To make a Group FaceTime call on Mac:
Open the FaceTime app
Enter contact details (either name, phone number, or email address) of all the people you want to Group FaceTime separated by commas. Or select each one individually from Contacts.
Click the green video button to begin the Group FaceTime video chat
To add more people to an active Group FaceTime call, click on the lower left corner of an active Group FaceTime window to show the sidebar, then Add Person to enter their information, and select Add to invite them
FaceTime allows you to instantly block any caller at any time should you wish to do so:
Sign in with your Apple ID
Search for a particular caller you want to block
Right-click on their number ➙ choose Block This Caller
If you no longer wish to receive FaceTime calls on your Mac at all, you could simply sign out of the app:
Select FaceTime in menu bar and choose Preferences
Click on Sign Out
To make or receive calls again, just sign back in.
Sometimes you just want to minimize distractions while working or doing other important tasks on your Mac. In this case, try Focus. This app temporarily blocks all disturbances for as long or as short as you want. It also lets you create your own productivity schedule with built-in “work & relax” times to easily get back to work when your break is over.
Block unwanted calls, sites, and whatnot
Get Focus, an app that can help you regulate your attention span. Block FaceTime calls for the times when you want to do the work.
Focus allows you to precisely fine-tune your blocking: entire apps and websites or just a single page on a specific website. When you try to visit a blocked site or application, you’ll see a gray screen with motivational phrases to stay productive (you can choose from an extensive catalog of quotes or create your own).
There are moments when distractions feel particularly untimely. Let’s say you’re in the middle of a meeting, sharing your screen, when suddenly FaceTime notifications start popping up. A few unexpected distractions will be enough to ruin your audience’s focus. To avoid such situations, use PliimPRO — an app that lets you enable presentation mode in one click.
PliimPRO is a menubar app that removes notifications, desktop clutter, and active apps from your screen when you’re presenting. You can also use it to instantly mute mic or change wallpapers during the meeting.
There are a few things to check when you experience a glitch with FaceTime. First, check that your Apple ID is valid, and make sure both the caller and you have the correct contact details (emails or phone numbers must be associated with your Apple ID for a FaceTime call to go through).
If that didn’t help, check that your email address is verified in FaceTime ➙ Preferences (if not — look for a verification email and follow the instructions). Also ensure that you’ve selected all the checkboxes next to the email addresses and phone numbers in Preferences.
Update to the latest macOS version and check that the person you’re calling is running at least macOS Mojave (10.14.1) or iOS 12.1.
Sometimes, the problem might be hiding in your time zone. Make sure you choose the correct country in FaceTime Preferences. Check your time zone in System Preferences: the region where your FaceTime account is registered should correlate with the location on your Mac — otherwise the wrong phone number might be used. To fix this, go System Preferences ➙ Date & Time ➙ Set Automatically ➙ click on Time Zone ➙ choose the nearest city.
Finally, check that you’re connected to the internet and your speed is sufficient enough (at least 128 kbps, or 1 mbps for HD FaceTime video calls)
If you do have problems with the internet connection, try WiFi Explorer, a network analyzer that helps identify and fix common network problems with your connection without involving a professional. WiFi Explorer scans your network environment (band range, signal quality, security status, etc.), identifies channel conflict and coverage issues, and gives you recommendations to improve your WiFi.
Visual graphs in WiFi Explorer make it easy for you to assess the situation at a glance without diving deep into the numbers.
Best of all, you can find Meeter, Focus, PliimPRO, and WiFi Explorer mentioned above on a free trial through Setapp, a platform of more than 180 useful Mac apps and tools that could improve every interaction you have with your Mac. Time to call an old friend?