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How to place a group FaceTime call on iOS 12



Group FaceTime calls were once something avid Apple fans only dreamed of. iOS 12.1 You can make group calls with up to 32 people and, yes, you can chat using Memoji .

The feature also works with MacOS as of MacOS 10.14.1, which was released alongside iOS 12.1.

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Compatibility

Group FaceTime wants to work with nearly all iOS devices that have iOS 12 installed, but the way it works depends on your device. Older iOS devices wants to join Group FaceTime calls, using only audio.

iPhone 6S or newer, the iPad Pro or newer, the iPad Air 2 and newer , and the iPad Mini 4 . Again, older iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices can not join a group of FaceTime call, but they just get the audio portion of the call.

Call with the FaceTime app

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Place a call by opening the FaceTime app on your iOS device + sign in the top right corner. Search by contact name and add who you want to call, and then tap either the green Audio or Video button at the bottom.

Using the Messages app

Calling someone via FaceTime has always been possible in the Messages app, but only in individual conversation threads. Now, group messaging threads wants to have the option to call everyone in the group conversation. But instead of calling everyone, FaceTime wants to send a message to the group, which includes a button to join the call. Here's how it works:

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  • In a group conversation thread, tap the section at the top of the screen with the names and photos.
  • A dropdown wants to present you with three options: Audio, FaceTime, and Info. Tap FaceTime .
  • A FaceTime group calls you open on your device, with placeholder images for every person in the group.
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In the message thread itself, other participants see a message letting them know a FaceTime call has been started, with a button to join the call. The message also includes the number of people active in the call. If someone needs to leave the call, the button to join will remain active as long as the call is active.

memoji

memoji premiere Animoji [memoji] by tapping on the button with a star on it. There you can pick different filters, add text or select an animated character.

First published July 19, 5:02 p.m. PT.
Update, Jan. 25, 3:35 p.m. PT: Adds Memoji information.


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