FaceTime for Android: How to Use It

Apple has finally made it convenient for Android users to use FaceTime…sort of. Although it is not as straightforward as downloading the FaceTime app from Google Play Store to your Android phone, the video calling feature is available. We’ll demonstrate how it works.

The issue here is that you can’t make a FaceTime call from an Android device yet. You can, however, join a FaceTime call if someone with an iPhone, iPad, or Mac invites you. It’s not exactly “FaceTime for Android,” but it’s the best we can do.

You’ll need a supported browser (such as Google Chrome) and a friend or family member with an iOS, iPadOS, or macOS device to use FaceTime on Android. Open the FaceTime app on your iPhone or iPad and select “Create Link” if you’re running iOS 15 or higher.

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They can then share the link with you in whatever way they desire.

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On a Mac, they can find the “Create Link” button at the top of the FaceTime app if they’re running macOS 12 Monterey or newer.

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They can then send you the FaceTime connection via any chat platform.

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This is where Android smartphones come into play. You’ll get an invite that looks like this:  facetime.apple.com

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On your Android phone or tablet, open the link in Google Chrome. Chrome is the only Android browser supported at the time of writing in July 2021. Tap “Continue” after entering your name in the box.

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Then, from the floating toolbar at the top, press “Join.”

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The person who sent you the link must accept your invitation to join using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

You’ll see the standard video conference controls at the top of the screen once you’ve logged in. Making the video full-screen, muting your microphone, revealing or hiding your video, turning the camera, and more are just a few of the options.

On your Android device, you’re now in a basic form of a FaceTime call! Simply tap the screen to bring up the toolbar again and pick “Leave” when you’re finished.

The quality is excellent, despite the fact that it is totally done through the browser. Is this as useful as an Android version of the FaceTime app? No, but it’s a fair option.

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