How to FaceTime on Mac without an iPhone (Solved!)

You aren’t confined to viewing your friends and loved ones through your iPhone if you want to make a FaceTime call. If you have a Mac computer, you may use a larger screen to answer and make FaceTime calls!

A user must be connected to the Internet and utilize a Mac with a camera and microphone to make a FaceTime call on a Mac computer. To make a call, go to the FaceTime app, select ‘New FaceTime,’ and enter the person’s name, phone number, or email address.

Making a FaceTime call is straightforward, but if you’d want to learn more about receiving FaceTime calls and adding several individuals to a call, keep reading.

FaceTime Calls on a Mac Computer: System Requirements

If you want to make or receive FaceTimes on your Mac, Apple asks you to complete a few steps before you may communicate with your loved ones via your computer.

First and foremost, ensure your Mac is up to date with at least OS X 10.9 or later before installing FaceTime. The person you’re attempting to contact must have OS X 10.9.2 installed on their computer, or an iPhone or iPad running iOS 7 or later.

Even if you have all of the necessary equipment to conduct a FaceTime call, you aren’t quite ready to make the connection on your computer. Here are some of the things you’ll still require:

  • Use your AppleID to log into FaceTime. You can always create a free account if you don’t already have one.
  • Check to see if your Mac comes with a built-in camera and microphone.

If you meet all of these criteria, you’re ready to make a FaceTime call. Your FaceTime call will be received as long as the person you’re attempting to reach has the required upgrades installed on their device.

Using a Mac Computer to Make a FaceTime Call

We can go on to the following steps of making a call if you know you have all of the criteria for making a call on your Mac computer.

  • The video camera symbol is next to the ‘New FaceTime’ button (not all versions of FaceTime may have this icon).
  • Fill in the contact information for the person you’re calling, such as their name, phone number, or email address.
  • To initiate your FaceTime call, click the FaceTime button in the bottom right corner of the screen after inputting the contacts.
  • Simply hit the red X at the bottom of the screen to stop the call.

Making FaceTime Calls in Groups

If you want to make a FaceTime call to a group of individuals, keep in mind that the maximum number of persons you may call is 32. To establish a group call, hit the New Facetime Button and then add all of the people you want to FaceTime. There will be many boxes on the screen while FaceTiming a group of people, one for each person you are trying to contact.

Of course, not everyone will pick up the phone at the same time. If a few squares indicate “Waiting,” it simply implies that this person hasn’t responded to the Facetime call yet, but still has the option to do so.

You can quit a FaceTime group at any moment, and the rest of the group will continue on the call until they want to depart as well. People can stay on the call for as long as they like after the host has left.

Changing the Group FaceTime Call Layout

On a group FaceTime conversation, the person who is speaking will show in a bigger box, while the rest of the group will display in a row beneath the person who is speaking. If you choose, you may change the display to a grid format for the entire group, but only if you have the macOS Catalina or a newer model.

You may modify the group FaceTime format by selecting the FaceTime menu bar, clicking ‘Facetime,’ then ‘Preferences,’ and finally deselecting “speaking.” If you wish the format to revert to the default position, where the speaker receives the largest video box, you may easily go back into the options and choose “speaking.” You may also double-click on a person’s square in the group chat to make their video appear larger.

Adding More People to a Facetime Call

If you’re on a group Facetime session and wish to add someone else while the call is still ringing, you may certainly do so. Simply click the sidebar button on FaceTime and hit the Plus in the sidebar while the call is ringing. You’ll be able to add the person’s contact information and add them to the call this way.

On a Mac Computer, Receiving FaceTime Calls

It’s really easy to answer a Facetime call. If someone is attempting to contact you, their contact information will appear at the top of the screen. You may accept or refuse the call, however, there is a drop-down arrow next to accept and decline if you look closely.

You can choose to answer the call as an audio FaceTime call instead of a video call by pressing the drop-down arrow adjacent to the accept button. If you hit the arrow next to the decline button, you may either schedule a call with that individual or send them a message right away.

Using a FaceTime Connection

How to Make a FaceTime Call

If you want someone to join your FaceTime call at a specific time, you may email them a link to join the video conference. You’ll need to be using the FaceTime program on a Mac Monterey to create a link. After that, click “Create Link” and share it with the person you want to FaceTime with.

Using a Link to Join a FaceTime Call

Even if you don’t have an iPhone or Mac, you can participate in a FaceTime call. To participate in the call, you don’t even need to create a free AppleID! All you need is an Android or Windows smartphone, an internet connection, and either Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome in its most recent version.

When you receive a FaceTime call link, click it, enter your name, hit proceed, and wait for the host to allow you to join the call. Simply hit the red “Leave” button after you’re finished with the call, and you’re set to go.

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