Enter the contact's name, phone number, or email. If you have an iPhone X or later, or an iPad Pro 11-inch (1st and 2nd generation) or iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later), toucan use Animal and Emoji in your Group FaceTime calls.
On devices without Face ID, toucan use other camera effects, like filters, text, and shapes in your Group FaceTime calls. During a FaceTime call, tap the Effects button.
Toucan change the audio and video settings in the FaceTime app at any time during a call. The tile of the person speaking gets larger automatically during a Group FaceTime call.
Earlier models of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that support iOS 12.1.4 can join Group FaceTime calls as audio participants. If you see a triangle with an exclamation mark, it might mean the connection is slow or other users are streaming audio or video on the same network.
Personally, I've set up a board game on one end of the call and then using Group FaceTime to play. Some older model iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches ($168 at Amazon) that aren't compatible with iOS 13 can still be part of Group FaceTime calls, but their participation will be limited to only audio.
Screenshots by Jason Cyprian/CNET Toucan also start a group call in the FaceTime app itself. Enter a number, email address or select someone from your contacts then tap the green Video button.
Screenshots by Jason Cyprian/CNET Place a group video call from the FaceTime app on your Mac by following the same core steps as on the iPhone or iPad. Toucan either click on the Details button followed by the video call button in a group iMessage chat, or open the FaceTime app and enter a name, number or email address in the search field (just above your call history).
Keep adding contacts until your group is finished, then click the Video call button to dial. Oscar Gutiérrez/CNET iPhone and iPad owners will be able to have a little of fun with their calls thanks to camera effects, Animal and Emoji.
While in a call, tap on the Effects button (it has a star icon) and you'll be able to add stickers, use your personalized Emoji, or make yourself look like an animated shark to keep others entertained. The latest firmware, expected to roll out next week, will be publicly available sometime after Apple's October 30th press event in NYC.
As is typically the case with some iOS features, Group FaceTime will be limited to a specific set of newer devices. Apple announced Group FaceTime at its iPhone XS press event, but the feature was delayed until iOS 12.1.
If a user is not using supported OS versions on their device, they will not be able to Group FaceTime, period. If you have an iPhone 5S, 6, or 6 Plus, iPad Mini 2 or 3, iPad Air (first model), or iPod touch 6th generation, there will be no video option, and toucan only use audio during group calls.
Toucan also press firmly on it with 3D Touch or swipe down on it, then tap “Join.” Even if the initiator started an Audio Group FaceTime, your camera would be on by default.
If you dismiss the notification or forget about it, toucan also join the call directly in the FaceTime app. Just open up the app, then select the green video button next to the active Group FaceTime call.
When someone starts a Group FaceTime with you via Messages, you'll still get the notification as seen above that toucan used to dive right in. Open that thread, then tap the green “Join” button to jump in.
Next to this button will also be an indicator as to how many users are currently active in the call, whether it's just one person or 30 people. Unlike with the notification method, you won't be able to disable the video before entering the call, but toucan do so right after if you're worried about that.
Basically, toucan do anything you could already do in a one-on-one FaceTime audio or video call in iOS 12.0 and older, but the layout is different for a Group FaceTime call, and toucan add more people. Your icon will remain small in the corner, but toucan double-tap on it to expand it to the foreground, so toucan check if you're looking as good as you think you do or want a clearer image of what's going on when you're playing around with FaceTime effects.
When you're not in the foreground, everyone else's icons will get bigger or smaller depending on how active they are in the call. Toucan tap on any person's icon to bring them to the foreground for a little unless they haven't joined the call yet.
When in the front, tap the button with the arrows facing away from each other on their tile to expand that person to the center of the screen, pushing everyone else to the background, locked in until you undo it manually. To minimize someone from the locked position, tap their tile to bring up the small menu, then tap the icon with the arrows pointing toward each other, and that person's tile will go back to being temporary in focus.
Toucan 't take Live Photos of the entire call at once, only one person at a time. If you don't see the shutter button, tap their picture again to bring the menu back up.
Starting in iOS 13.5, there's a switch that lets you disable the auto-resizing and moving of tiles to bring the person currently talking into focus. To do so, open “FaceTime” in Settings, find the Automatic Prominence section, then flip the “Speaking” switch's toggle to off.
Swipe up the menu bar, then tap “Add Person” under the list of invited users. Toucan repeat this as many times as you'd like until the max allowed 32 people are in the Group FaceTime already.
If someone that's invited joined the Group FaceTime and got disconnected for some reason, toucan go back into the swipe-up menu, and a “Ring” button should appear next to their name. If you're the initiator, and nobody else has joined yet, toucan tap the red “X” button in the Group FaceTime to end it right away for everyone.
Only when every user has either exited the Group FaceTime or has not joined yet can the call be ended for everyone. This article was produced during Gadget Hacks' special coverage on texting, instant messaging, calling, and audio/video chatting with your smartphone.
Get a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited for all your devices with a one-time purchase from the new Gadget Hacks Shop, and watch Hulu or Netflix without regional restrictions, increase security when browsing on public networks, and more. I have just tested this with some friends with an iPhone 7, iPhone 6s and it works great, but not sure if it will work with other users with iPhone 6, 5 SE, 5s. Would be great to know.
It was re, oved during the beta process for iOS 12 and supposed to be added back in a later release. I mean for those who are on the iOS 12.1 and macOS Mojave 10.14.1 betas.
Because I started a Group FaceTime call and while I’m Able to see others join on video. So it seems like that users with IP6 can use Group FaceTime but audio only and no video functions.
Because I started a Group FaceTime call and while I’m Able to see others join on video. Only I was able to see. So it seems like that users with IP6 can use Group FaceTime but audio only and no video functions.
Scroll to the end of this article. Thanks, it mentions that it's a beta limitation so there's a possibility that when it comes out of beta it could fully work on those older devices such as iP6, IP5SE, etc.
Beta Limitations During the iOS 12.1 beta testing period, Group FaceTime is limited to the iPhone 6s, iPhones, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, and later devices. On the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Air, audio is the only available option for Group FaceTime, with video unavailable.
The Camera Effects feature in FaceTime is available on iPhone 7 or later and is not available on iPad during the beta. This how-to was last updated on October 3, 2018, to address Group FaceTime's removal from iOS 12.0 and subsequent reintroduction in the iOS 12.1 beta.