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With iOS 15, FaceTime doesn’t require an iPhone: how to use it on Android

With iOS 15, you can join FaceTime calls from your iPhone, Android, or Windows device.

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People other than Apple have a reason to celebrate. The days when you needed an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to join a FaceTime video call are over. With a move that is widely seen as Apple’s answer Zoom video hangoutsThe software giant has allowed people with Android phones and Windows laptops to jump into FaceTime calls-no iPhone required.

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That doesn’t mean that your Apple device is disconnected from the process.In fact, they still make up the heart of FaceTime, so the system relies on new ones. iOS 15 operating system – Now available for free download -Zoom and Microsoft Teams.. In addition to being able to video chat people outside of Apple’s bubble FaceTime updates include: new Grid view, Portrait mode, Ability to schedule calls, and Watch party function called SharePlay..

Here’s how to join a FaceTime call in iOS 15, regardless of the device you’re using.


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How to start a FaceTime call with an Android or Windows user

The point here is not that the FaceTime app will be available on Android and Windows. As long as the person who schedules or initiates the call has an Apple device and an Apple account, you can use the link to jump to a FaceTime call. You are an Apple user Downloaded iOS 15Here’s how to start a FaceTime call on your Android or Windows device.

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Create a FaceTime link on your iPhone and share it with others on your Android or Windows device.

Screenshots by Alison DeNisco Rayome / CNET

1.1. Open the FaceTime app on your smartphone.

2.2. Tap Create a link..

3.3. The screen slides from bottom to top. FaceTime link..Can be clicked Add name Enter the name of the chat.

4.4. The same screen gives you the option to share the link via text, email, Twitter, calendar, or any other app on your phone. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the link yourself.

5.5. To join the call yourself, tap the name of the chat you created, then tap Join..

6.6. When an Android or Windows user clicks the link, they are taken to the waiting room. In the waiting room, you can tap the checkmark next to your name to allow them to join the call.

How to join a FaceTime call using Android or Windows

To join a FaceTime call on your Android or Windows device, you only need the link sent by the person who owns your Apple device. No need to download another app. Here’s how to join a FaceTime call via a shared link:

1.1. Open the FaceTime link from the shared location.

2.2. The link will open in your browser (requires the latest version of Chrome or Edge).Enter a name and tap continue..

3.3. The screen will say “Waiting to be entered” until the person who invited you approves you to join the call.

that’s it! Happy video chat.

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