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For Seniors: Make a FaceTime Call with iPad 2

Using FaceTime, you can make a video call on your iPad 2. During the FaceTime session, you'll be able to see and hear the person you call. You can chat with anyone who also has FaceTime — iPhone 4, iPad 2, and compatible Mac users (iOS 4.3 or later).

At this time, 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.

1

Tap the FaceTime app icon on the Home screen, and tap the Contacts button in the bottom right corner of the screen.

A list of your contacts appears. You can also go to Contacts and make a FaceTime call from there if you like; just follow these next steps.

2

Tap a contact in the list.

The contact's information is displayed.

To view recent calls, tap the Recents button. Tap a recent call in the listing that appears, and iPad displays that person’s information. You can tap the FaceTime icon to call the person back.

3

Tap on the FaceTime button (it looks like a little video camera) next to the contact’s stored phone number or e-mail address.

Be sure to choose the appropriate method for placing a FaceTime call: if you’re calling an iPhone 4 user, you should use a phone number; if you’re calling an iPad 2, iPod touch, or FaceTime for Mac user, you need to make the call using that person’s e-mail address.

After tapping the contact's phone number or e-mail address, your FaceTime call is placed.

When you call somebody using an e-mail address, the person must be signed in to their Apple ID account and have verified that the address can be used for FaceTime calls. 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 clicking FaceTime→Preferences.

4

When the person accepts the call, you see a large screen that displays the recipient’s image alongside a small screen containing your image.

Talk away! When it's time to end the call, click the End button.

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