How to Make FaceTime Calls in Mac OS X Lion - dummies

How to Make FaceTime Calls in Mac OS X Lion

By Bob LeVitus

In the beginning, FaceTime brought video calling to the iPhone 4. It was iPhone 4-to-iPhone 4 only and required Wi-Fi (not 3G). Still, it was pretty cool and worked quite well. Not surprisingly, it soon spread to the iPad 2, the iPod touch, and the Mac.

iChat has video calling for Mac or PC users, but only FaceTime lets you do it with iPhone 4s, iPad 2s, and iPod touches.

In addition to its video-with-i-devices prowess, FaceTime works very nicely for Mac-to-Mac video calls. And because it’s a single-purpose application, many users find it easier and less intimidating to set up and use than iChat or Skype.

By the way, there’s no Windows version of FaceTime at the moment, so you’ll have to use iChat (or third-party software like Skype) to have cross-platform video chats.

To get started, just launch FaceTime from either your Applications folder or your Dock, and the main (only) FaceTime window appears.


The left side of the window shows what your Mac’s camera is seeing.


FaceTime uses OS X Lion’s Address Book, so if you have friends or family with iPhone 4s, iPad 2s, iPod touches, or Macs, just click their phone number or e-mail address to initiate a video call.

These days, networking online is easier than finding a log to fall off: You simply use the Internet to connect your Mac to a wealth of information residing on computers around the world. Luckily for you, Mac OS X has the best and most comprehensive Internet tools ever shipped with a Mac operating system.