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Using FaceTime

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 5 Essential Training

Video: Using FaceTime

Built-in to all iOS devices with front -facing cameras like the iPhone 4 and later and the 4th generation iPod touch, 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, show someone where you're calling them from or just to see your 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 a Wi-Fi network. Other than that, there's no set-up required, although you might want to go into Settings>Facetime and just make sure Facetime is turned ON.

Using FaceTime

Built-in to all iOS devices with front -facing cameras like the iPhone 4 and later and the 4th generation iPod touch, 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, show someone where you're calling them from or just to see your 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 a Wi-Fi network. Other than that, there's no set-up required, although you might want to go into Settings>Facetime and just make sure Facetime 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 favorites list here. So, now Nick has answered the call. I know he has an iPhone4 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. If Nick had tried to initiate the Facetime call with me, I would see a message in which I could choose to Accept or Decline his invitation.

Alright, so Nick has accepted my call. Now, we're both looking at and hearing each other pretty much in real time. 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 how his image rotates on my end, and I can do the same thing here. So as you 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 chess board sitting here.

So, I'll tap my Camera Rotate button and Nick can do the same thing on his end. If he switches to his main camera, I now see what he's looking at. Now, we can do a couple of other things during a Facetime call. We have a Mute button, I'll go ahead and tap that. So, I can still see and hear Nick but he can't hear me, he can still see me though. I'm going to turn off Mute. You can also run other applications while on a Facetime chat. I'll press the Home button and from here I can run another app.

We won't be able to see each other but we can still hear each other. This might be useful if you need to look up a contact or 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 if I switch back to my front-facing camera. Now, as long as you and the person you are Facetime chatting with stay connected to your respective Wi-Fi networks, you can keep seeing and hearing each other. But bear in mind that once you start a Facetime chat, your conversation is happening entirely over your internet connections and not through your wireless carrier's network.

So, if one of you walks out of range of their Wi-Fi signal, the Facetime chat will get cut-off and end. Alright, so I'm going to say goodbye to Nick. 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 could see here we have a Facetime button and tapping that immediately sends a Facetime request to your contact. So, that's how to initiate a Facetime call. Let's see what it looks like when you receive a Facetime call. So, I see the message that Nick wants to Facetime and I need to tap the Accept button.

It'll take a moment to connect and now we're looking at and hearing each other again, and that's all I really wanted to show. Now, in addition to working with iOS devices, Facetime also works with Mac's running iOS X Snow Leopard or later. It's built-in to all your Macs and you can also purchase Facetime for 99 cents from the Mac App Store. Once it's installed, you'll be able to call your friends' iOS devices as well as other Macs from your computer. Calls to and from your Mac are tied to your Apple ID and in the e-mail address that you've associated with your Facetime account.

You can also associate e-mail 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 either one. On your device, go into Settings>Facetime and then here tap Use your Apple ID for Facetime. Then, enter your Apple ID and your password. Friends using Facetime on their Macs will be able to use this address to contact you. And that's the Facetime feature available on all iOS devices with a front-facing camera, and on any Mac with Facetime and a camera.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 5 Essential Training

123 video lessons · 19731 viewers

Garrick Chow
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  1. 5m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Upgrading to iOS 5
      3m 50s
  2. 42m 59s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 39s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 43s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 11s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 47s
    5. Choosing and controlling sounds
      3m 24s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 35s
    7. Connecting to a Wi-Fi network
      2m 47s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      4m 13s
    9. Using Twitter
      3m 21s
    10. Charging the battery
      2m 54s
    11. Setting up an iTunes account
      3m 15s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 6s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      3m 4s
  3. 14m 16s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      1m 57s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrect
      6m 11s
    3. Select, copy, paste, and undo
      3m 13s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 12s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 43s
  4. 32m 33s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 44s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to a Mac or PC
      5m 10s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      6m 40s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      4m 37s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 30s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      2m 57s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      2m 49s
    8. Backup options
      3m 15s
    9. Wireless syncing
      1m 51s
  5. 59m 55s
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 40s
    2. Adding and managing Favorites
      2m 22s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 39s
    4. Receiving calls
      2m 43s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 17s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 28s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 30s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      2m 37s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 34s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to contacts
      4m 31s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 35s
    12. Connecting a Bluetooth headset
      4m 0s
    13. Forwarding your calls
      1m 43s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 3s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 9s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      6m 16s
    17. Texting, MMS, and iMessage
      9m 48s
  6. 31m 5s
    1. Importing email accounts from a computer
      1m 55s
    2. Setting up Exchange, MobileMe, Gmail, Yahoo, or AOL email accounts
      3m 37s
    3. Setting up other email accounts
      2m 8s
    4. Keeping email synced with your computer
      4m 36s
    5. Composing email
      4m 4s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      6m 47s
    7. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 21s
    8. Setting email options
      5m 37s
  7. 26m 35s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 5s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 22s
    3. Saving images
      2m 34s
    4. Filling out forms and using autofill
      3m 48s
    5. Creating Web Clips
      2m 29s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      1m 47s
    7. Internet tethering
      3m 30s
  8. 27m 9s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 40s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 30s
    3. Playing and controlling videos
      3m 23s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      2m 55s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 13s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 15s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 39m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      7m 32s
    2. Shooting better photos using HDR and grid lines
      2m 56s
    3. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 16s
    4. Customizing your wallpaper
      3m 20s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 53s
    6. Viewing and editing video
      2m 28s
    7. Taking screenshots
      1m 14s
    8. Sharing photos and video
      5m 8s
    9. Geotagging photos
      4m 26s
    10. Creating photo albums
      1m 59s
  10. 19m 7s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      2m 32s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      2m 42s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      2m 26s
    4. Getting directions
      5m 19s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      1m 46s
    6. Using Street View
      2m 11s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 11s
  11. 18m 9s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 14s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      1m 45s
    3. Setting Time Zone support
      2m 8s
    4. Using the Clock app
      5m 27s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 35s
  12. 6m 39s
    1. Using the Notes app
      2m 55s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 44s
  13. 7m 38s
    1. Using the Stocks app
      2m 29s
    2. Using the Calculator app
      50s
    3. Using the YouTube app
      2m 54s
    4. Using the Weather app
      1m 25s
  14. 17m 13s
    1. Understanding the App Store
      4m 36s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 24s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 35s
    4. Finding app settings
      38s
  15. 16m 1s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 40s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 25s
    3. Brightness
      55s
    4. About
      2m 24s
    5. Usage
      3m 46s
    6. Date and time settings
      1m 10s
    7. Restrictions
      2m 41s
  16. 12m 24s
    1. Auto-lock
      1m 22s
    2. Passcode lock
      4m 37s
    3. Find My iPhone
      6m 25s
  17. 17m 22s
    1. Introducing Siri
      6m 8s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      1m 36s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 18s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 50s
    5. Voice control for non-iPhone 4S devices
      5m 30s
  18. 16m 0s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 2s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      35s
    3. Rebooting
      42s
    4. Resetting
      2m 15s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 33s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 39s
    7. Extending battery life
      5m 14s
  19. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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