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How to use FaceTime on your Mac

Due to the confinement that we have to carry out in Spain to stop the coronavirus, it is not possible for us to be with all our family or groups of friends. However, this does not mean that you cannot see them.

As long as your family and friends have an Apple device, they can use the FaceTime application to make a video call, we will explain how to do it next.

The best thing about FaceTime is that it is completely free. FaceTime calls are free because they use wifi or mobile data (instead of minutes). This means that even if you are using FaceTiming with someone on their iPhone while away from home and not connected to Wi-Fi, you will not have to pay for the call (as long as you have enough data in your contract). All you need is a data connection for the duration of the call.

If you are worried about not looking good at the moment they call you, don't worry! You can use FaceTime Audio to make a simple audio call without having to see each other in video. The advantage is that the audio is much clearer than that of a normal call to a mobile phone.

However, there are some negatives about FaceTime. You can only use FaceTime to call someone if they have a Mac or an iOS device that is compatible with FaceTime (i.e. an iPhone 4 or later with iOS 4.1 or later, an iPod touch with iOS 4.1 or later, an iPad 2 or later , or a Mac with OS X 10.9.2 or later).

There are a lot of Apple devices, so chances are you're covered, but if the other party doesn't have an Apple device, you should use Skype or another alternative to make a video call.

The person you are calling must also be connected to FaceTime and, if you are on a Mac, you must have FaceTime open. FaceTime does not need to be open on an iPhone or iPad to receive a call.

What you need to make FaceTime video calls

Most Macs are equipped to make FaceTime calls. This is what you need:

Both you and the person you want to talk to need to be connected to the Internet. You need an Internet connection of 128 Kbps or better, both upload and download. If you want to make HD video calls, you need a 1Mbps internet connection for upload and download.

You both need a built-in or connected camera. If you want to make HD video calls, you need a built-in FaceTime HD camera. Most Macs come with a FaceTime camera, but if you have a Mac mini or Mac Pro, you may have to invest in a independent web cam.

You need a connected microphone. There is probably one built into your Apple device. If not, you can connect headphones that include a microphone, like those that come with the iPhone.

You both need an Apple ID. If you don't have one, go to Apple website to get it.