How to Use FaceTime with Your iPhone 4S - dummies

How to Use FaceTime with Your iPhone 4S

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

The promise of video calling has been around since LBJ occupied the White House, and with the introduction of FaceTime on the iPhone 4S, the reality of seeing and being seen as you talk on the phone is here.

FaceTime is easy and possible if

  • Both you and the party you’re talking to must have an iPhone 4 or 4S, or an iPad 2, a Mac computer, or a recent iPod touch.

    Apple is pushing to make FaceTime a video standard that the entire tech industry can embrace, allowing you to someday make FaceTime calls from iPhones and other Apple devices to other handsets and computers that don’t carry an Apple logo.

  • Both you and the caller at the other end have to access Wi-Fi. The quality of the experience depends on a solid connection.

If you meet the requirements, here’s how to make FaceTime happen:

  1. The first time you make a FaceTime call to another iPhone, dial the person’s regular iPhone number as usual.

    You use an e-mail address instead if you’re using FaceTime to call an iPod touch, an iPad 2, or a Mac.

  2. After a regular call is established and you’ve broached the subject of going video, tap the FaceTime button.


    A few seconds later, the other person gets the option to Decline or Accept the FaceTime invitation by tapping the red button or the green button, respectively:


    If the answer is Accept, you’ll need to wait a few seconds before you can see the other person.

You can also use the Siri voice assistant to make a FaceTime call. Just ask Siri to “FaceTime with Dad” or whomever else you’d want to engage in a video call, and she’ll make the proper arrangements.

Although your initial FaceTime call often involves your service provider, FaceTime kicks in via your Wi-Fi connection. Search for any FaceTime calls you previously made by tapping an entry for that call in Recents. The iPhone knows to take the call straight to video, though of course the person you’re talking to has to accept the invitation each time.

To start a FaceTime video chat with someone to whom you’ve sent a message in the past, tap the Messages icon on the Home screen, and then tap the person’s name in the Messages list. Tap the FaceTime button at the top of the conversation. You can do FaceTime also by tapping a pal’s listings in Contacts.