Stay Connected Using FaceTime on Mac

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Stay Connected Using FaceTime on Mac

Stay Connected Using FaceTime on Mac

If you spend a lot of time on your Mac desktop but keep your iPhone or iPad next to you just in case someone calls, there is another solution for you. So what’s the solution? The solution is that you can get those calls right on your Mac. If you are hooked on video calls that keep you connected to family and friends, you can use FaceTime, not only on your iOS device though, you can also use FaceTime on Mac.

This great application comes preinstalled on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, and MacBook,  and now it can even be downloaded to your Mac desktop.  You can use the app with all your Apple products and make video calls from your Mac with a built in camera to any other Apple device.

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How to Get the FaceTime on Mac 

To use FaceTime on Mac, the first thing you need is the app, which you can get at the Mac App Store. You purchase the app (for just 99 cents) and download it to your computer. When you have the program downloaded, you open it, and follow the simple steps in the installation wizard. The wizard walks you through each of the steps to install the program.

[box type=”note” align=”aligncenter” ]Want FaceTime for PC, Android, Windows Smartphones or other devices? Check out your options here in our FaceTime Alternatives companion piece![/box]

What You Need to Use FaceTime

You need to have a few things so you can use FaceTime on Mac. You need a Mac that has OS X v10.6.6 or later to use the app. The system requirements are a computer that supports Mac OS X Snow Leopard. You need to have an Apple ID and password to use the program. You can use the same ID you use for your iTunes Store or MobileMe account.

Apple Products that Support FaceTime:

  • Mac with Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later
  • iPad 2 or later
  • iPad mini
  • iPhone 4 or later
  • iPod touch 4th generation or later
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How it Works

Now that you have the FaceTime program installed on your Mac, to call someone you just need their email address or phone number. If you are calling their phone, you use their phone number. If you are calling them on their iPad, iPod, or Mac, you use their email address. You can make a video call to anyone in your contacts or address book that has an Apple device.

The person you call gets an invitation on their screen and accepts it to talk. When someone calls you, the call will ring on your Mac. It will ring even if your FaceTime is not running on your Mac and it will ring on every Mac you own so you will not miss a call. Your screen will display a picture-in-a-picture allowing you to see the person you are talking to as well as how you look to them.

The Fun of FaceTime

If you are a grandparent, using a Mac with FaceTime keeps you in touch with your grandchildren. They can see you as well as hear your voice and you can see their lovely faces as you talk with them. You can have conversations with your children and grandchildren at the same time and see them while you talk. When kids are away at college, parents can see and talk with them. Family and friends who live far apart are able to see and talk with each other. It is a fun way to stay in touch.

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HD Video Calling

If your Mac has a built-in FaceTime HD camera, you can send calls in HD. Any iMac, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro with the HD camera built in can send and receive video calls in HD. The picture will be clear and have real life clarity as it is displayed on your screen. A widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio is supported with the HD camera.

Support

If you need help or support for Facetime, you will find tips, information, and troubleshooting support available. Helpful tips for getting started are included in the support area. Everything you need to know about the program is available in the support area. You will find a discussion area to discuss FaceTime topics with other Mac users.

Why Use FaceTime?

Phone calls are great but when you use the FaceTime app on your Mac or other Apple device, it makes it better by allowing everyone to see each other as they talk. No more guessing how much your grandchildren have changed because you can see them when you talk to them.

There is no more worry that your college student is not eating because you are able to see how healthy they look when you talk with them. The whole family can get in on the conversation. Staying connected is more fun and so easy with the FaceTime program and your Mac. Please let us know what you think about FaceTime if you’ve used it, who do you use it to talk to? What do you think of the voice and video quality? Your opinion counts, so we would love to hear what you have to say.

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About The Author
Terri Chapman
Terri Chapman is a freelance writer living in the Midwest. She enjoys writing and being able to work from home. She has 3 sons and 7 grandchildren. In her spare time she loves reading and spending time with her family.