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FaceTime Instructional Video

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If you’re longing to see your loved ones, but can’t visit in person, one alternative you can use is FaceTime.

FaceTime is a way to make conventional phone calls or video phone calls from your Apple device, like an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac computer. Because it is native to Apple devices, you don’t even need to download a separate app. On your phone or tablet, the icon should be located right on your home screen.

FaceTime typically makes calls over an internet connection, so as long as you are using WiFi, the call will be free. Calls can also be made over a cellular network if you use a device with a data plan, but you will be charged by your service provider for using data.


To make a FaceTime call, follow these step by step instructions:

1.) The FaceTime icon looks like a white video camera on a green tile. Tap or click on the icon to open the app.

2.) Then, you will want to enter the contact information of the person (or people) to whom you would like to talk. If they are in your contact list, you can type in their name and FaceTime will retrieve their phone number for you to make the call. You can even call multiple people at once! Remember, FaceTime only works on Apple devices. The person on the other end of the call needs an Apple device as well.

3.) You can choose whether to make an audio call or a video call. Selecting one of these options will initiate the call.

4.) Like a conventional phone call, you may have to wait for the other person to answer the call!

5.) Similarly, like a conventional phone call on an Apple device, you can click or tap on the red X icon to end the call.

If you are not using an Apple device, there are apps similar to FaceTime you could use, such as Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Skype, or Whatsapp, but feel free to research and explore what other alternatives are available for your device.

Hopefully using FaceTime will help you keep in touch with friends and family.

Stay safe and healthy!


Bridgid is a library assistant and hot beverage fiend currently working at PLYMC’s Tri-Lakes branch.