Using FaceTime And Group Video Chat

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Catch up with all your family and friends via Group FaceTime.

By now, you’re probably familiar with FaceTime video chatting. It’s like a phone call, but with video. But have you ever tried Group FaceTime? This relatively recent feature allows you to connect with everyone in your network at once. And the best part is that it’s pretty easy to set up. Just get out your Total Wireless smartphone and follow along. Trust us, you got this.

How to start a Group FaceTime

Group FaceTime works with both iPhones and iPads. You just need to have iOS 12.1.4 or later. Even if you have an older iPhone, you might be able to still join in on the call as an audio participant. If you want to start a Group FaceTime with your family, friends, or coworkers, there are two different ways to do it.

The first way is to open up the FaceTime app. Hit the plus sign in the top right corner and start entering the names or phone numbers of the contacts you want to call. Then, simply tap the “Video” button. If you just want to do a regular group phone call, you can tap “Audio” instead.

The second way is to go through the Messages app. If you have a group text conversation already going, you can easily start a Group FaceTime. Just hit the FaceTime button at the top of the chat screen.

Cool things you can do with Group FaceTime

Once you have a video chat going, you’ll see live video of all the participants in the call. This makes it easy to see what everyone’s up to. When someone starts talking, their video box will automatically get bigger so you can see them better.

Want to make the group video chat even more exciting? Try out some fun camera effects. You can add filters to distort your appearance as well as add text and shapes. If you have an iPhone X or later model, you can also play with Animoji and Memoji during your call.

Other ways to group video chat

If you don’t have an iPhone or are looking for a different way to group video chat, you’re in luck. There are plenty of other great apps for group video chat, too. WhatsApp is probably the most popular. To set up a group call, open up a conversation and then select the video camera in the top right corner. To add more people, tap the “add user” icon in the top right corner. Before you know it, you’ll be looking at and talking to all your friends and family.

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