Group FaceTime has been a long-awaited feature, and now with iOS 12.1, Apple has rolled it out to all users. Follow along for how to use Group FaceTime on iPhone and iPad and which iOS devices are compatible with the new feature.
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Group FaceTime is a handy feature that lets users video chat (or just use audio) with up to 32 people. However, as we discovered earlier this week, not all devices running iOS 12 will get full Group FaceTime support.
Apple notes that some older devices will only support audio for Group calls.
To use Group FaceTime video calls, you need an iPhone 6s or later, iPad Pro or later, iPad Air 2, or iPad Mini 4 with iOS 12.1. Earlier models of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that support iOS 12.1 can join Group FaceTime calls as audio participants.
To use Group FaceTime you’ll need to make sure FaceTime is turned on under Settings → FaceTime and look for the toggle at the top.
How to use Group FaceTime on iPhone and iPad
- Open FaceTime and tap the + icon in the top right corner
- Add multiple people
- Tap Audio or Video to start the call
Here’s how the process looks:
Once you’ve started the call, you can tap the star icon for effects, while tapping the three dots will expand full FaceTime options like adding more people, flipping or turning your camera off, muting your microphone, and more.
How to start a Group FaceTime call from within an iMessage
- Open the message you’d like to start a Group FaceTime call from
- Tap the contacts at the top
- Tap FaceTime
Visual walkthrough on this option: