How to Use FaceTime on Android Devices Without Using an iPhone?

If you are an Apple user, and if you want to have a video chat with your friends or family members who are using an Android device, then you might need to use Zoom, WhatsApp, or Facebook messenger as a native FacetTime alternative.

But, now, after a new iOS 15 update, you can use FaceTime to talk with your friends who are using Android or Windows devices.

Amazing right? But before you start FaceTime with your loved ones, you need to know how to use FaceTime on Android devices. So, let’s get started.

What is FaceTime On iPhone?

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FaceTime is Apple’s audio and video call app which permits Apple users to communicate with each other seamlessly. FaceTime is available on iOS, macOS, and iPadOS platforms.

Also, the latest iOS 15 update of FaceTime allows spatial audio. This means when the person calls, the voice will come from exactly where the person is positioned to offer a natural experience.

If you are new to FaceTime, this guide will help you to set up FaceTime on your device.

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How does FaceTime Works?

FaceTime comes by default on all Apple devices. All iPhone users can activate FaceTime with phone numbers or email addresses as per their preference. FaceTime starts automatically as soon as your iPhone is switched on with a SIM card. In case, if FaceTime is not activated on your phone, you can refer to the mentioned points.

  • One of the great things about FaceTime is that when your iPhone is connected with FaceTime, you can make a call with other iOS devices as well
  • In case you are not using an iPhone, you can set FaceTime with iPad and iPod or Mac via FaceTime app by logging in with your email address

After discussing how FaceTime video call works, we will check the exact requirements to set up FaceTime calls in the next section.

How to Set FaceTime Calls between Android and iPhone?

To set up FaceTime between iPhone and Android, you require the following things.

  • iPhone‌, ‌iPod touch, ‌iPad‌, and Mac, all of these devices are compatible with FaceTime
  • iPhone users with OS 15 or iPadOS 15 can share FaceTime links to Android and Windows phone users
  • If you don’t want to use FaceTime as a video calling app, you can do audio calls with Homepod and the Apple Watch

If you are using an Android or Windows phone and would like to perform FaceTime between iPhone and Android/Windows devices without using an application, we have mentioned the steps you can follow.

How to Share FaceTime Link with Android or Windows Users (For iPhone Users)

To use FaceTime on Android devices, iPhone users with iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 installed in their phone need to share the FaceTime link with Android users. As of now, Apple has released a public beta version of iOS 15 which will gradually improve over time with the new FaceTime app update.

As you have understood the link-sharing requirements, let us jump right on to how an Apple user can share FaceTime links with an Android user.

After opening FaceTime, right at the top of the app, you will see one button called ‘Create Link’.

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After tapping on that button, a sub-menu will appear with the following options:

  • Add Name: Mention the identifiable name like Chat with Dad or 12 PM Meeting so that it would be easier to identify the right user, especially when performing FaceTime video calls
  • Share Destinations: To share the FaceTime link, you will see suggested options which include Apple Messages, Mail, AirDrop, or other messaging applications like WhatsApp
  • Copy Link: If you want to share the link with multiple people, this option will add an insert link to your phone clipboard

Now you can share links with anyone via Slack, E-mail, or Messaging app.

How to Use FaceTime on Android or Windows Devices

We have discussed how iPhone users can share FaceTime links to Android or Windows device users. Now we will discuss how Android or Windows device users can easily open FaceTime URLs.

As soon as an iPhone user shares the FaceTime link, tap on that link, and it will navigate you to your default browser.

On your Android device, you need to enter your name to join the meeting. After typing your name, hit continue.

You can join FaceTime call with multiple options like hiding video, mute audio, switch between rear and selfie cam, or leave the call. However, you will not see advanced options similar to the host but enough options to use the services from your end.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it required to create an account to use FaceTime for iPhone users?

If you are using FaceTime for the first time, you are required to have an Apple account. Since you need to use your Apple ID to login as you did with other accounts such as iTunes Store and iCloud ID.

In case, if you don’t have an Apple ID, you can directly create an ID from the FaceTime dashboard.

Does FaceTime need access to an email address or phone number?

As soon as you login to FaceTime, the iPhone automatically registers the mobile number. FaceTime primarily uses your phone number to make a call. Therefore, you can complete the call using a mobile number rather than entering your email address manually.

Conclusion

iOS 15 has broken all the barriers by offering powerful features like enhancing focus features and allowing iPhone users to share FaceTime links with Android users. Whether you use Android or Windows, now you can FaceTime with your favorite people without any difficulties.

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Author Bio
Amit Patolia
Amit Patolia
Designation: Android Team Lead

Amit Patolia is an Android Team Lead at Space-O Technologies. He has over 9+ years of experience in Android app development. He has guided to develop over 100 Android apps with unique features and functionalities. He also has expertise in Kotlin-based apps.