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Using FaceTime

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

Video: Using FaceTime

Built into all iOS devices with front facing cameras is a feature called FaceTime, which is a video chatting feature that lets you and the person you're calling both see and hear each other. It's a great way to have a face-to-face conversation, to show someone where you're calling them from, or just to see a friend's expression when you share some cool news with them. Now in order to use FaceTime, both callers have to be on an iOS device with a front facing camera, and both callers need to be connected to either a Wi-Fi network, or in the case of the iPhone, FaceTime also works over cellular connections, as long as your provider has allowed it.

Using FaceTime

Built into all iOS devices with front facing cameras is a feature called FaceTime, which is a video chatting feature that lets you and the person you're calling both see and hear each other. It's a great way to have a face-to-face conversation, to show someone where you're calling them from, or just to see a friend's expression when you share some cool news with them. Now in order to use FaceTime, both callers have to be on an iOS device with a front facing camera, and both callers need to be connected to either a Wi-Fi network, or in the case of the iPhone, FaceTime also works over cellular connections, as long as your provider has allowed it.

Currently in the US, Verizon and Sprint both allow FaceTime over cellular at no extra charge, while AT&T only allows it if your device is part of a shared plan. The video will generally look much better over a Wi-Fi connection though. But other than making sure you have a device with a front facing camera and an Internet connection, no set up is required to use FaceTime. It's available by default, but you might want to go into your Settings to FaceTime and just make sure the FaceTime switch is turned on. One way to make a FaceTime call is to first make a regular phone call.

I'm going to dial my friend Nick from my list of Favorites here. Hello. Hey Nick, it's Garrick, can you hold on a second? Okay. All right. So now Nick has answered the call. I know he has an iPhone 4S and we're both connected to our own Wi-Fi networks, so I'm going to tap the FaceTime button. Now, the person you're calling has to tap Accept on their end in order for the FaceTime call to connect. That prevents someone from just seeing your camera by tapping FaceTime on their end.

All right. So, Nick has accepted my FaceTime invite, and now we're both looking at and hearing each other pretty much in real time. How is it going Nick? I'm pretty good. Sounds good. Now, you and the person you're calling can rotate the phone to either landscape or portrait orientation. So if Nick rotates his orientation, you can see what that looks like on his end. You can see it just automatically shifts here. I can do the same thing with mine. So as you just saw, FaceTime defaults to the front facing camera, but you can switch cameras at any point during the call, which is great if you want to show something to the person you're talking to.

For example, maybe I want to show Nick this conveniently placed group of snacks here at the end of my table. I'm sure Nick looks super impressed by that. He can do the same thing on his end. I can see Nick is sitting outside. He's got his nice lynda.com mug there. All right, let's switch back to our front facing cameras. Now, we can do other things during a FaceTime call. We have a Mute button here. So when I tap that I can still see and hear Nick, but he can't hear me.

He can still see me though. I'll turn off Mute. You can also run other applications while on a FaceTime chat. For instance, I'll press the Home button there. Now we won't be able to see each other like this, but we can still hear each other. This might be useful if you need to look up a contact or an address to share with the person you're talking to. When I tap the green bar at the top of the screen, we can now see and hear each other again. All right, so I'm going to hang up on Nick for a second here. I'll talk to you in a second. So I hit End. So, initiating a FaceTime chat is simply a matter of tapping the FaceTime button during a call.

You can also initiate a FaceTime call right away by going into your contacts, and you notice here there's a FaceTime button, tapping that immediately sends a request to your contact. There he is again. I'm going to hang up on you again. All right, so that's how to initiate a FaceTime call. Let's see what it looks like when you receive a FaceTime call. All right, so I see the message that Nick wants to start a FaceTime chat. I'm going to hit Accept, and there he is again.

So that's pretty much all I wanted to show you there. So, thanks Nick. No problem. See you. So that's what it looks like when you receive a Facetime call. In addition to working with iOS devices, FaceTime also works with Mac's running OS X Snow Leopard or later. It's built in all new Macs and you can also purchase FaceTime for $.99 from the Mac App Store if you have an older Mac. Once it's installed, you will be able to call your friend's iOS devices as well as other Macs from your computer. Calls to and from your Mac are tied to your Apple ID and any email addresses you've associated with your FaceTime account.

You can also associate email addresses with your FaceTime account on your iOS device, so whenever someone attempts to FaceTime with you, both your Mac and your iOS device will ring and you'll have the choice of answering ether one. On your device, go to Settings, FaceTime again and here tap Add an Email to add the email address you associated with your FaceTime account on your Mac. Friends using FaceTime on their Macs will be able to use this address to contact you. That's the FaceTime feature available on all iOS devices with the front facing camera and on any many Mac with FaceTime and a camera.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

129 video lessons · 17372 viewers

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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