For Seniors: Make a FaceTime Call on Your iPhone 4S

FaceTime lets you call other folks who have a FaceTime device (iPhone 4 or 4S, iPad 2, a fourth-generation iPod touch, or a compatible Mac computer) and chat while sharing video images of each other. This feature uses the Camera app and is useful for seniors who want to keep up with distant family members and friends and see (as well as hear) the latest-and-greatest news.

At this point, you can make and receive calls with FaceTime using a phone number (on iPhone 4 or 4S) or an e-mail account (iPad 2, iPod touch, or Mac) and show the person on the other end what’s going on around you.

If you’re having trouble using FaceTime, make sure the FaceTime feature is turned on. That’s quick to do: Tap Settings on the Home screen, tap FaceTime, and then tap the On/Off button to turn it on, if necessary. You can also select the e-mail account that can be used to make phone calls to you on this Settings page.

Make the FaceTime call on your iPhone 4S

  1. If you know that the person you’re calling has FaceTime on an iPhone, an iPad 2, or a Mac, add that person to your iPhone Contacts if he or she isn’t already in there.

  2. Tap the Contacts app icon on the second Home screen.

  3. Scroll to locate a contact and tap the contact’s name to display their information.

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  4. Tap the FaceTime button. If the contact has both an e-mail address and phone number, a dialog displays them both. Tap on the one you want to use.

    You’ve just placed a FaceTime call! (Note if the contact has only a phone or e-mail recorded, when you tap the FaceTime button the call goes through immediately.)

    You have to use the appropriate method for placing a FaceTime call, depending on the kind of device the person you’re calling has.

    If you’re calling an iPhone 4 or 4S user, you should use a phone number the first time you call and thereafter you can use the phone number or e-mail address; if you’re calling an iPad 2, an iPod touch, or a FaceTime for Mac user, you have to make the call using that person’s e-mail address.

    When you call somebody using an e-mail address, the person must be signed in to his Apple ID account and have verified that the address can be used for FaceTime calls. iPhone 4 and 4S, iPad 2, and iPod touch (fourth generation) users can make this setting by tapping Settings and then FaceTime; FaceTime for Mac users make this setting by selecting FaceTime→Preferences.

  5. When the person accepts the call, you see a large screen that displays the recipient’s image and a small screen containing your image superimposed in one corner.

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To view recent calls, tap the Phone app icon and then tap the Recents button. Tap a recent call and iPhone displays that person’s information. You can tap the contact to call the person back.

At the time of this writing, you can use FaceTime only over a Wi-Fi network, not over 3G, which limits the places from which you can make or receive video calls to your home wireless network or a public hotspot.

Accept or end a FaceTime call on your iPhone 4S

  1. If you’re on the receiving end of a FaceTime call, accepting the call is about as easy as it gets. When the call comes in, tap the Accept button to take the call or tap the Decline button to reject it.

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  2. Chat away with your friend, swapping video images. To end the call, tap the End button.

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To mute sound during a call, tap the Mute button. Tap the button again to unmute your iPhone.

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