For too long, Android users have been left out of Apple’s booming apps and services, including iMessage and FaceTime. While the former will take a process to fix, and your texts from Android devices will remain green for the foreseeable future, Apple has been more open about its video calling platform.
While Android users are still unable to start a FaceTime call, or download the dedicated app, Apple users can now send an invite link to their Android friends to go to a video call, similar to how Zoom links work. Below is a breakdown of how to do this.
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How to set up and receive a FaceTime call
A FaceTime call must be initiated by an Apple user first. Here are the minimum requirements for supported devices:
As sender/host: Go to the FaceTime app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and select the Create Link option in the top-right corner. You will then get a unique link to distribute to a contact – regardless of the brand of the phone. You can also attach a name to the link for a more personal or formal touch.
As a recipient: Once your ally Apple sends you a FaceTime invitation, click the link from your Messages app and your internet browser will open a new window. Next, allow your browser to access your camera and microphone if you haven’t already. Once the link is loaded, you will be asked to enter your name before joining the call. Click “Continue” when done.
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As sender/host: After sending the link, Apple will automatically send a message to the recipient, prompting the user to join your FaceTime. Once the guest clicks on the invitation, you will be asked to accept or decline the entry request by clicking a check mark or X accordingly. Make sure to check the app frequently so you don’t leave your guest hanging.
As a recipient: Android users, it’s your turn. All that is required of you to join FaceTime is a connection link and a stable Wi-Fi or Internet connection. To join, simply click on the link and then the green Join button. If all goes well, your face will appear in a small box in the lower right corner. If the call host hasn’t joined yet, the surrounding screen will remain black, with a “Waiting for others to join” notification appearing at the top.
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As sender/host: From here, you can use FaceTime on the iPhone as you normally would. You can add a Memoji sticker or filter, take screenshots within the app, and chat as you wish. However, the functionality is more limited for Android users. More on that later. When you are done with the call, hang up as usual.
As a recipient: In classic Apple fashion, you won’t be able to use the full FaceTime experience from your Android device. Unlike Apple users, you can’t apply a Memoji sticker or filter to give your call more color and pop. You also can’t take photos with the FaceTime screenshot button like you do on an iPhone. However, you can take a screenshot manually. And unlike an Apple device, the other user will not be notified that you took a photo. Use that information wisely.
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questions and answers
Can Android phones initiate a FaceTime call?
Since FaceTime is a owned service of Apple, no. Only Android users can join FaceTime calls hosted by Apple users.
Is there a FaceTime app for Android?
Unfortunately, FaceTime is not available on the Google Play Store. However, there are alternative apps like Google Meet that offer a similar face-to-face communication experience over mobile devices.
Can I send a FaceTime link to more than one person?
If you have an Apple device, you can send a FaceTime link to more than one person and multiple users can join.