Group Video Chat Using FaceTime On Your Mac, iPhone Or iPad

Uisng your Mac, iPhone or iPad you can chat with several other Apple users at the same time. You can use this to stay in touch with family and friends while staying at home, as long as everyone involved has Apple products.

Comments: 16 Responses to “Group Video Chat Using FaceTime On Your Mac, iPhone Or iPad”

    Jim Bembenek
    1 month ago

    You can also set up a group in messages and then select the send in FaceTime option. This allows to save the group for future group connections and notify the group of an upcoming FaceTime call easily.

    Bob Metzger
    1 month ago

    Hi Gary,
    You do such a great job with all of these tutorials. I really appreciate what you do!
    Thanks

    Carlos Grasso
    1 month ago

    Hi Gary,
    How many callers can we add to one session of Face Time? What is the limit?
    Thank you

    Carlos Grasso
    1 month ago

    Thank you Gary!

    nick
    1 month ago

    hey Gary, do you need a certain OS on a Mac for Facetime to have multi-user capability?

    1 month ago

    Nick: You can find a list oof requirements at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209022#compatible

    Another Nick
    1 month ago

    You didnt answer the most important question, is it REALLY a group chat or is still the one at a time walkie talkie style like zoom or skype? I find those awkward in larger groups because the conversation gets so chopped up.

    1 month ago

    Another Nick: You can see in the video that it is live on all four cameras. Not sure what you mean by “walkie talkie style.” Everyone can talk at the same time. Try it.

    Another Nick
    1 month ago

    Thanks for the reply. I may have been unclear, and because you were on all the devices I couldn’t tell when you were talking which one was active, or if they were all audio active at the same time. Zoom limits one audio at a time. (What I meant by walkie talkie) without full duplexing (like a phone). So a Group FaceTime is like a full phone duplexing by all parties plus video. If so, that is fantastic. Great videos BTW, always short and full of insights.

    Larry Coblentz
    1 month ago

    How do I switch an incoming face time call on my iPhone to my MacBook Air or iPad?

    1 month ago

    Larry: I don’t think you can. Just hang up on one and call back on the other.

    Ed Cupman
    1 month ago

    What about feedback, I teach piano and want to have two devices doing video from my end. How did you stop all the feedback when you used all those devices simultaneously?

    1 month ago

    Ed: One way to deal with it is to listen with headphones instead of the speakers. For something like teaching piano, it works much better.

    Karl
    4 weeks ago

    Gary, I’m having an issue where if I’m talking to one person and try to add a second person, I bring up the screen to add the second person and their name is greyed out, I can’t select them. However, I can call multiple people if I do a group text first. Do you know why the first issue is happening? As always great videos. Thanks

    4 weeks ago

    Karl: Perhaps that person isn’t set up for FaceTime, or is using an older version of iOS/macOS from before there was group FaceTime? Otherwise, hard to say.

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