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Sharing Events with FaceTime Video

Sometimes even a video or audio message doesn’t quite capture the moment. You want to see your nephew or niece’s first steps, or talk to your grandparents in real time. For such an occasion, FaceTime is just the ticket (see Figure 6).

Figure 6

Figure 6 FaceTime lets you conduct real-time, person-to-person video calls to anybody using a recent iOS device or Mac.

Like iMessage, FaceTime is linked to your Apple ID, but lets you receive calls at either your iPhone’s phone number or at any email address you choose to associate with it. You can manage those addresses in the FaceTime section of Settings on iOS or in the Preferences of the FaceTime app on OS X.

Making a FaceTime call is a simple matter of launching the FaceTime app on your Mac or iOS device and entering the name, email, or phone number of the person you want to contact, and then clicking the video camera icon next to the person’s name. (If that person is in your recent calls list, you can simply tap or click that entry.) You can also initiate a FaceTime call from Contacts on either Mac or iOS, also by tapping the video camera icon in the recipient’s contact record.

On iOS, you can toggle between the front and back cameras by tapping the “switch camera” button; on the Mac, you can switch between multiple video cameras and microphones, if you have them, in the Video menu. To end a FaceTime video call, just tap or click the red “hang up” button.

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