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How do I place a group FaceTime call on iOS 12?



FaceTime receives a nice upgrade to iOS 12 for the first time. Not only can you do silly things like Animoji or Memoji during a call, you're no longer limited to calling a single person.

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Instead, FaceTime is now able to make group calls for up to 32 people. Insanity!

Currently iOS 12 is available via two beta channels (public and developer) and not yet completed. It is likely that some of the features like these will change or work differently as they are released later this year. We will update this post to reflect changes as needed.

There are several ways to make a FaceTime call or join a group. Let's take a look at this.

About the FaceTime app

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Open the FaceTime app on your iOS device and then tap the "+" sign in the upper right corner. Search and add who you want to call, and then tap the green Audio or Video button below.

Using the App Messages

Making calls through FaceTime was always possible in the App Messages, but only in Private Conversation threads. Group messaging threads can now call everyone in the group conversation. But instead of calling everyone automatically, FaceTime sends a message to the group that has a button for the call. And this is how it works:

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  • In a group conversation thread, tap the section at the top of the screen with contact names and photos.
  • A drop-down menu contains three options: Audio, FaceTime, and Info. Touch FaceTime .
  • Your device opens a FaceTime group call with placeholder images for each person in the group chat.
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In the message thread itself, other participants see a message informing them that a FaceTime call has started with a button to answer the call. The message also includes the number of people who are active in the call. If someone has to leave the call, the button to be connected remains active as long as the call is active.


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