How to FaceTime on Android

Learn how to join FaceTime calls on an Android phone

What to Know

  • Android users can only join FaceTime calls already in progress. Android users can't start a FaceTime call.
  • To invite an Android; Launch FaceTime on iPhone/iPad > Create Link > Give FaceTime call a name > Send link via messages or email. 
  • Once the Android user receives the link, they can open it and join the call. The iPhone user must let them into the call, though.

One of the biggest perks of iOS 15 and macOS Monterey is the ability to invite users who do not own an Apple device into a FaceTime call. The system works on both Windows and Android devices, which means FaceTime has essentially become platform agnostic—to a point. 

Being able to join calls from Android devices can be helpful, especially if you have family members who don’t have an iPhone or Mac. However, there are some limitations in place. This article will break down the steps you need to follow to join a FaceTime call on Android, as well as discuss the current limits involved.

How to FaceTime on Android

If you want to use FaceTime on Android, you’re first going to need someone who has iOS 15 installed on an iPad or iPhone. From there, you can follow the steps below to create the FaceTime call and invite those using Android.

  1. Launch Facetime on an iPhone or iPad running iOS 15.

  2. Tap the Create Link option.

    The FaceTime homepage on iPad OS 15.
  3. Give the FaceTime call a name by tapping the Add Name option at the top of the action menu. This will make it easier to keep track of, especially if you choose to schedule it for later.

    Sharing options when using the create link in FaceTime.
  4. Select a sharing method and send the link to the Android users.

  5. Once you have sent the link, the Android user can open the link, set a name for themselves, and then join the call.

    Joining a FaceTime already in progress on Android.

After joining the call, Android users can mute their mic, turn off their video, switch the camera view, and leave the call as needed.

Can You Use FaceTime on an Android Phone?

While you can technically join FaceTime calls that were created using iOS 15’s Create Link system, you cannot actually make FaceTime calls yourself on an Android phone. Unlike the iOS version of the video calling app, FaceTime on Android works via a web browser instead of a dedicated application. As such, it does not have any real capabilities outside of joining calls that you have been explicitly invited to using a link.

It is unclear if Apple will ever update how FaceTime works on Android phones, or if there are any plans to create a standalone app that users can download to make calls. For now, users will still need to rely on an iPhone or iPad user to set up the call and get things started.

  • How do I install FaceTime on Android?

    FaceTime isn't available to install on Android. If you have an Android phone, you can participate in FaceTime calls when invited by an iOS user, as described above.

  • How can I make video calls on an Android phone?

    To make video calls on Android, you can use the built-in video calling feature from the Phone app by selecting a contact and tapping Video call. Google Duo, the Google video calling app that comes preinstalled on many Android phones, is another option. It's also available for iPhones, which means you can video call contacts that use either iOS or Android.

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