Android Joins the FaceTime Party
Android users, face harsh exclusion from Apple’s thriving apps like iMessage and FaceTime for a long time. But now, things are changing. Apple is sharing its video-calling platform, FaceTime with Android users. Although Android users still can’t initiate a FaceTime call, they can join one. This works through an invitation link sent by an Apple user – a system akin to a one-way Zoom link.
An Essential Update is Crucial
The first step an Android user needs to take is to make sure their Apple friend is up-to-date. Specifically, the iPhone user must install the latest software version. Interestingly, FaceTime calls must first be initiated by an Apple user. So, the iPhone should run on iOS 15 or later, and so should the iPad. The Mac also needs to be updated to MacOS 12 Monterey or later.
Making and Receiving that FaceTime Link
The go-to app for this little exercise is the FaceTime app. It needs to be opened on the host’s iPhone, iPad or Mac. From there, there’s a “Create Link” option that will provide a unique hyperlink. The link can then be shared with any contact, regardless of their phone brand.
But what happens on the Android user’s end? They just have to click on the received FaceTime invitation, and a window in their internet browser will pop up. It’s essential to allow the browser access to the user’s camera and microphone. Following entering the user’s name, it’s time to join the call.
Entry into the FaceTime Call
As for Android users, joining the FaceTime call is merely a click away. They just need the call link and a stable Wi-Fi or internet connection to join. The process includes clicking the link and then the green join button. If everything’s in order, the user’s face will be shown in a small box in the corner.
The Realities of Using FaceTime for Android
Unfortunately, Android users cannot share the full FaceTime experience from their Android devices. They can’t implement Memoji stickers or filters, and can’t capture screenshots through the FaceTime button. However, they can take screenshots manually. Interestingly, there’s no notification for the other user when screenshots are taken.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions often spring up regarding the use of FaceTime for Android. For instance, the host needs iOS 15 or later on their iPhone, MacOS 12 Monterey or later on their Mac, and iPadOS 15 or later on their iPad for a successful call. Android users can only join calls hosted by Apple users. Sadly, Google Play does not provide the FaceTime app. To best replicate the FaceTime experience, users can use apps like Google Meet. A significant feature is the ability to send a FaceTime link to multiple users. Finally, an internet connection is necessary to use FaceTime for Android.
This truly marks a big step for Android users. Finally, they get to be a part of the FaceTime fun that they’ve missed out on – courtesy of Apple’s previously exclusive apps. All thanks to a simple link, Android users around the globe can now FaceTime with their Apple friends. Enjoy!