Start a FaceTime call on an iPhone

Throughout this lesson there will be instructions on how to start a FaceTime call from your iPhone. Remember, you can only FaceTime someone who also owns an Apple device. Check out the steps below to start a FaceTime call with your friends and family.

How to start a FaceTime Call

Step 1: Locate and tap on the FaceTime app from your home screen or your App Library. Remember: to get to your App Library from your home screen, swipe to the left.

iOS App library screen

Step 2: To start a new FaceTime call, tap on the green button at the top of the screen titled New FaceTime.

iOS FaceTime screen

Step 3: At the top of the screen under New FaceTime, there is a section titled To. This is where you will use your keyboard to type in the name or phone number of the person that you would like to FaceTime with.

iOS New FaceTime screen

Step 4: Once you type in the contact’s name, tap on their name.

iOS New FaceTime screen with contact name

Step 5: After choosing the contact you would like to call, tap on the green button titled FaceTime. This will start to dial and turn on your front- facing camera. You will see yourself on the screen until the other person answers your call.

iOS start new FaceTime screen

Helpful Hint

  • During a FaceTime call, hold the device about 12 inches from your face and at eye level. This will allow the person on the other end to see you better.