In iOS 15, FaceTime breaks free from Apple’s ecosystem. Here’s how Android and Windows users can hop over a video call.
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The days when you needed an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to join a FaceTime video call will soon be over. In a move widely seen as Apple’s answer, the software giant is making it possible for people who have Android phones and Windows laptops to hop on a FaceTime call — no iPhone required.
This does not mean that Apple devices are out of the process. In fact, they’re still so much a part of FaceTime’s heart that the system will depend on the upcomingZoom and . operating system to look and act like . In addition to being able to video chat with people outside of Apple’s bubble, new one and the ability to schedule calls, as well .
Most people will have to wait to try out FaceTime with Android and Windows users after the iOS 15 beta arrives next month, or when the finished iOS 15 product arrives in the fall. (here isNow.) But we can tell you how you’ll be able to join FaceTime calls now, no matter what device you’re using.
How do you FaceTime using Android or Windows
The key here is not that the FaceTime app is coming to Android and Windows. This is how you will be able to jump to a FaceTime call using a link. So, if you’re using an Android or Windows device and you have a friend or family member with an Apple device, they can send you a link to join a FaceTime call via text, email, WhatsApp, or a calendar invite. can send.
Once you find the link, all you have to do is click on it, and it will open in your browser. You’ll be able to join calls from there, without having to download a separate app or own an Apple device.
One caveat for this update: To schedule or initiate FaceTime calls, you must have an Apple device and an Apple account. Then, you can create a shareable link to invite other people, who can connect from their browsers on Android or Windows devices — no Apple account required. But those participants will not be able to enter the call unless the Apple user who set it up approves them.
Apple notedEven on the web, FaceTime calls are always end-to-end encrypted.
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