For iPhone users, calling people using FaceTime has always been a great way to get up close and personal through the magic of video chat. Since Apple rolled out its iOS 12 update last fall, FaceTime is even more fun and flexible, with simple ways to add multiple people to the conversation.
To get started using all the new FaceTime “group chat” features, you’ll first need to make sure you’ve updated to iOS 12. If you haven’t already updated, go to Settings, tap General, then Software Update and download the new software.
Once you have iOS 12.1 installed, you’ll be able to make Group FaceTime calls. The devices that can participate in a video group call include the iPhone 6s or newer. And remember, the people you’re calling must also be using Apple devices to join in.
Here’s how to use the new feature:
Open the FaceTime app on your iPhone, then tap on the “+” sign in the top right corner. Search for and add all the contacts you want to chat with—you can now include up to 30 contacts on one call! Once you’ve chosen everyone, tap Video or Audio to place your FaceTime call. A FaceTime group call will then open on your device, with placeholder images for every person in the group chat. For extra convenience, the person talking will appear in the center of the screen, so it’s easy to keep track of the conversation.
Using FaceTime group chat offers a wonderful new way to bring the whole family together, no matter how far away they may be!