FaceTime. Be in two places at once.

Hang with friends in one city. Visit family in another. Make that important meeting. While you’re catching the game at the ballpark. With a tap, you can make video calls over Wi-Fi from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac to someone else’s. You can even make FaceTime calls over cellular networks on iPhone or iPad.* And be there in person, even when you’re not.

One-tap simple.

FaceTime works right out of the box — no need to set up a special account or screen name. And using it is as easy as it gets. Let’s say you want to start a video call with your mom. Find her entry in your contacts and tap the FaceTime button. Or simply tell Siri,** “FaceTime with Mom.” Or maybe you’re already talking to her, and you want to switch to video. Just tap the FaceTime button on the screen. Either way, an invitation pops up on her screen asking if she wants to join you. When she accepts, the video call begins. It’s all perfectly seamless. And it works in both portrait and landscape views.

Two cameras made for video calling.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch each have two built-in cameras, one on the front above the display and one on the back. The front camera has been tuned for FaceTime. It has just the right field of view and focal length to focus on your face at arm’s length. So it always presents you in the best possible light.

Share what you see with the back camera.

Imagine your sister is away at school and can’t make it to your son’s birthday. So you’re cheering her up with a FaceTime call. As the cupcakes come out, your son’s eyes light up, and you just have to share it. Tap a button, and before you can say “Make a wish,” you’ve switched to the back camera and the birthday boy’s big moment. Another tap switches to the front camera and to you. Simple, fast, and fun.

Set up FaceTime

  1. 1

    Go to Settings and tap FaceTime.

    Turn on FaceTime and tap “Use your Apple ID for FaceTime.”

  2. 2

    Enter your Apple ID and password.

    Tap Sign In.

    Your phone number and all email addresses associated with your Apple ID will be displayed.

    Note: Your phone number will be displayed only if you are setting up your iPhone, or if you are setting up another iOS device after you've set up your iPhone.

    Tap Next.

  3. 3

    Choose which email addresses and phone numbers you want people to use to contact you for FaceTime calls.

    Scroll down to Caller ID. Choose which email address or phone number you want to appear during outgoing FaceTime calls.