Fans of ESPN’s Around The Horn (there has to be one or two out there) know that at the end of the show, the one who raised the best sports arguments or simply yelled the most gets rewarded with “Face Time” in which they can push their personal agenda on the sports viewing world. You may have wondered then why on your iPhone or iPod Touch is there an app named FaceTime? Is this your chance to tell society why the Cubs are going to win the World Series or that Pete Rose is innocent of gambling? Well, you’re wrong on both those accounts but FaceTime is in fact a sleek video calling client that just might change the future of communication.
”I’d like to take this time to state that…she said she was 18.”
Facetime is simply a phone call with a catchy name. Basically, you call a person, they answer and video of them appears as if you’re having a conversation face-to-face. If you’ve ever had a video chat then you’ll know the basics of Facetime, even though Apple has made software developments that enable a smoother conversation flow with minimal lagging, buffering, and interruptions.
What Do I Need To Conduct Facetime?
Since Facetime was developed by Apple, you can currently only use the software on Apple operating systems such as the iPad, iPhone, Apple Mac Pro or iPod Touch. You’ll need an Apple ID and a valid email address as well as a person to actually conduct a video chat with. In order to have the smoothest video rhythm, you’ll also want to have a strong WI-FI connection and a relatively reliable network. Also, you don’t have to lock yourself in a broom closet but a relatively quiet area of the house works best for video chats that don’t consist of “Huh?”, “What?”, “Come
Again”, and “I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE SAYING!!!”
How To FaceTime
Once you’re set up with an iPad, Apple ID, and real life friend you can start the FaceTime. Open Facetime and find the “friend” in your contact list. If your friend has an iPhone, you’ll need to send a FaceTime invitation to their phone number whereas if they have an iPad or iPod Touch, send the request to their email address. Your friend will get the request whether they have FaceTime open or not and if they accept, you’ll be connected and can video chat until your heart is content. You may soon find out that your heart is content but this certain friend just can’t get enough of your face. As stated, FaceTime requests will come through even without the app open but if you want to shut down this stalker, you’ll need to open FaceTime and in fact turn it off.
”Tell ya what bud, I’m just gonna go home and Facetime you…that way this will be over.”
How to Use FaceTime on Your Phone
- Select the Phone icon from the homescreen
- Select a contact
- Select the FaceTime icon from the contact’s phonebook entry
- When the person you’re calling accepts the FaceTime invitation, the video call will start
How to use Facetime on Your iPad
You can switch from voice to FaceTime in a Flash
- When you are in a voice call tap on the FaceTime icon on the screen.
- The call will switch from the voice call to FaceTime as long as the person on the other end accepts the invitation.
- This is a little trick you can use to save money on phone calls as Facetime runs over your internet connection.
How to switch between the front and back camera on a FaceTime call
- You can also swap cameras during FaceTime. This means you can show the person you are talking to what ever you like.. You can show them around your house??
- Tap the switch camera icon in the bottom right of the screen.
- The camera view will automatically switch to using the rear-mounted camera. Same to switch back.
Benefits Of FaceTime
Because FaceTime is conducted over the Internet, you can save on precious mobile minutes by switching to the app in the middle of a call. Also, FaceTime is great for a husband or wife who is on the road and wants to see their brood or for if you’ve met somebody online and want to reassure they are in fact a “dead ringer for Halle Berry.” The true selling point of FaceTime is that it gives the fell that you’re “actually there with the person”, whether they’re on top of the Eiffel Tower…or stuck in the broom closet.