iOS 15 was announced earlier this year at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and it came with a huge list of new features. Including the ability to use facetime on Android and Windows devices, finally! In this article, we will tell you how to FaceTime between Android and iPhone using iOS 15.
One of the biggest news from WWDC 2021 is that FaceTime will be available for Android and Windows users. The feature was only available on Apple devices before.
iOS 15 is now available to download as a public beta on iPhone, and it allows FaceTime to break free of Apple’s ecosystem.
With your Android or Windows device, you will be able join a FaceTime audio or video call when someone with an Apple device sends you a link to the FaceTime call. Once you have received the link, you can join the call from your browser.
But to start a FaceTime call, you’ll need to have an Apple device and an Apple account.
You can then create a link to share with friends and family members who use Android or Windows.
This move is widely seen as Apple’s answer to Zoom and Google Meet, the Cupertino giant is making it possible for people who have Android phones and Windows laptops to hop on FaceTime calls (no iPhone required).
That isn’t to say that Apple devices are cut out of the process. In fact, they’re still so much part of the heart of FaceTime that the system will rely on the upcoming iOS 15 operating system to work more like Zoom and Google Meet. Now let’s check how Windows and Android users can use FaceTime.
How to use FaceTime on Android or Windows
The key here isn’t that the FaceTime app is coming to Android and Windows. It’s that you’ll be able to join a FaceTime call using a link provided by an Apple user. So, if you’re using an Android or Windows device and have a friend or family member with an Apple device, they can send you a link to join a FaceTime call through text, email, WhatsApp, or a calendar invite. But those participants won’t be able to enter the call until the Apple user who set it up approves them, just like on Zoom and Google Meet.
Once you get the link, all you have to do is click on it, and it will open in your browser. You’ll be able to join the call from there, without having to download a separate app or own an Apple device.
How to send FaceTime Invite Link to Android users
- To send your FaceTime invite, pull open the FaceTime app on your phone
- Tap on “Create Link”.
- Give the link a name.
- Choose the method by which you would like to send the link.
- The next process is for the recipients, you will just have to wait to approve them to join the call.
How to join FaceTime Call from Android smartphone
- Tap on the link shared to you.
- Enter your name.
- Wait for the owner of the call to let you in.
- And, that’s it.
The link should remain active until it’s manually removed, so you can add it to a calendar event a month away or schedule it for any event at a later time.
How to Deactivate FaceTime Link
To deactivate a FaceTime call, you need to manually delete the link. To remove or delete a FaceTime link after the event is over, just follow these steps:
Note that the following steps are for the owners of the link, i.e. Apple users only.
- Swipe left on the link that you want to delete.
- Tap on Delete.
- A confirmation message will pop up, saying that the link will no longer work for anyone you’ve sent it to. Tap Delete Link to confirm.
Since FaceTime is Apple’s proprietary service, they are not going to give all the features to Android and Windows users. So, you won’t be able to use all the features like Spatial Audio and more.
That’s it for learning how to use FaceTime on Android and Windows. Let us know if you will use this feature when iOS 15 is officially released to the general public.
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