How to do FaceTime with Android and Windows users
How to do FaceTime with Android and Windows users has always been burning. Thankfully, Apple has made it possible for individuals using Android phones and Windows laptops to join FaceTime chats — no iPhone necessary. This is largely viewed as Apple’s response to Zoom video calls.
That’s not to suggest Apple products aren’t included in the process. In fact, they’re still so important to FaceTime that it’ll rely on the new iOS 15 to operate more like Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
The important thing to note here is that the FaceTime app will still not be available on Android and Windows. It’s that you’ll be able to use a link to join a FaceTime conversation, as long as the person arranging or initiating the call has an Apple device and an Apple account.
FaceTime improvements include a new grid view, Portrait Mode, the option to plan conversations, and a watch party feature called SharePlay, in addition to the ability to video chat with anyone outside of Apple’s ecosystem.
Steps to do FaceTime with Android and Windows users
- On your phone, open the FaceTime app. Tap “Create Link”.
- FaceTime Link will appear on a screen that slides up from the bottom. You can give your chat a name by clicking “Add Name”.
- On the same screen, you’ll see choices for sending the link through text, email, Twitter, calendar, or other apps on your phone. You may also copy and paste the URL into your browser.
- To participate in the call, press the name of the chat you just started and then hit “Join”.
- When an Android or Windows user opens the link, they will be sent to a waiting room where they may join the call by pressing a check next to their name.
Steps to join Facetime on Android or Windows
- Go to the FaceTime link that was sent to you and open it.
- The link will open in your browser (the latest version of Chrome or Edge is required). Tap Continue after entering your name.
- Until the person who asked you to join the call authorises you, the screen will show “Waiting to be permitted in”.
Alternatively, just go ahead and use one of the many multi-platform video calling apps that are available on all major platforms. Because, you know, life does exist outside of constrained ecosystems!
Also read: How to use SharePlay on iPhone, iPad and Mac