How to Make a FaceTime Call from the iPad mini

Now the real fun begins — making an actual video call from your iPad mini. (We say specifically “video call” because you can now also make FaceTime audio calls.)

Follow these steps:

  1. Start the FaceTime app from the Home screen or by asking Siri to open the app on your behalf.

    You can check out what you look like in a window prior to making a FaceTime call. So powder your nose and put on a happy face.

  2. Choose someone to call. Pick among the following:

    • Your contacts: Tap a name or number, and then tap the e-mail address or phone number that contact has associated with FaceTime. To add a contact, tap Contacts and tap +.

    • Your recent calls: Tap Recents and then tap the appropriate number or name.

    • Your favorites: You can add frequent callers to a favorites list. Once again, merely tap a name to call.

  3. Check or change what you display on the screen if needed.

    When a call is underway, you can still see what you look like to the other person through a small picture-in-picture window that you can drag to any corner of the video call window. It’s a great way to know whether your mug has dropped out of sight.

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  4. (Optional) To toggle between the front and rear cameras, tap the Camera button.

    Tap End when you’re ready to hang up.

While you’re on a FaceTime call, the following tips are handy to know:

  • Rotate the iPad mini to its side to change the orientation. In landscape mode, you’re more likely to see everybody at once.

  • Silence or mute a call by tapping the Microphone icon. Be aware that you can still be seen even if not heard (and you can still see and hear the other person).

  • Momentarily check out another iPad app by pressing the Home button and then tapping the icon for the app you have in mind. At this juncture, you can still talk over FaceTime, but you can no longer see the person. Tap the green bar at the top of the iPad mini screen to bring the person and the FaceTime app back in front of you.

Caller ID on FaceTime works just like caller ID on regular phone calls. You can choose the e-mail address or phone number you want to display to someone when you call that person via FaceTime: Just tap the designated number under Caller ID in FaceTime settings.