iOS 15 allows iPhone and Android users to FaceTime

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On iOS 15, you can join a FaceTime call from an iPhone, Android, or Windows device.

Apple / screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt / topwatchbest

If you are looking for alternative to Zoom or Microsoft Teamsyou can check out this new FaceTime feature in iOS 15. (Here how to download the operating system if you have not already done so.) Widely seen as the tech giant’s answer to Enlarge video callsApple has made it possible for people who have Android phones or Windows laptops join FaceTime calls with iPhone users.

This does not mean that Apple devices are excluded from the process. In fact, FaceTime builds on the new iOS 15 operating system — now available for free download – to look and work more like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. In addition to allowing video calls with people outside the Apple bubble, FaceTime updates include new grid view, Portrait modethe ability to plan connections i Watch Party feature called SharePlay.


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Here’s how to join FaceTime calls in iOS 15, no matter what device you’re using.

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How do I start a FaceTime conversation with Android or Windows users?

The key isn’t that the FaceTime app is available for Android and Windows. The thing is, you can go to the FaceTime call with the link, as long as the person planning or initiating the call has an Apple device and an Apple account. If you are an Apple user and you have iOS 15 was downloadedhere’s how to start a FaceTime conversation with people who use Android or Windows devices.

FaceTime-link

Create a FaceTime link on your iPhone to share with other Android or Windows devices.

Screenshot by Alison DeNisco Rayome / topwatchbest

1. Open the FaceTime app on your phone.

2. Obtain Create a link.

3. The screen will slide down from the bottom with the word FaceTime connection. You can click Add a name to enter a name for the chat.

4. On the same screen, you will see options to share the link via SMS, Email, Twitter, Calendar, or any other application you have on your phone. You can also copy and paste the link yourself.

5. To join the conversation yourself, tap the name of the chat you just created, and then tap Join.

6. When an Android or Windows user clicks on the link, they will be taken to a lobby where you can let them join the conversation by tapping the marker next to their name.

How do I join a FaceTime call on Android or Windows?

To join a FaceTime call on an Android or Windows device, all you need is a link sent to you by the person with the Apple device. You don’t need to download a separate app. Here’s how to join a FaceTime call via a shared link.

1. Open the FaceTime link from anywhere it has been shared with you.

2. The link will open in your browser (you will need the latest version of Chrome or Edge). Enter your name and tap Continue.

3. Waiting to be admitted will appear on the screen until the person who invited you approves you to join the conversation.

That’s it! Happy video calls.

Apple noted in WWDC in June, even on the Internet, FaceTime calls are always end-to-end encrypted.

For more, check out these FaceTime tips and tricks, everything you need to know about iOS 15.4 and everything you need to know about iOS 15.

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