How to Get the Most Out of FaceTime While You're Social Distancing
Now that government officials are closing restaurants and urging everyone to practice social distancing, chances are you aren't going out with your friends any time soon. You might not visit your family for a bit. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't stay in close contact with the people you love, thanks to various video calling services out there such as FaceTime.
While there are a bunch of video calling options out there, FaceTime is built right into your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac, which makes it easy to use and convenient for talking to people who have those devices. That's why you'll probably end up spending a bunch of time using it to stay in touch with people these days. It's ubiquitous.
To use it, just make sure it's turned on in your device's Settings app. Enabling FaceTime allows you make calls with both your Apple ID and your phone number, just like you can with Messages. You're good to go after that.
How do you Group FaceTime?One-on-one FaceTime works well, but it took Apple a while to figure out how to make it work with groups. The relatively new Group FaceTime feature lets you virtually hang with your friends fairly seamlessly.
The easiest way to start a Group FaceTime call is to open an existing group chat in the Messages app, tap on the group of contacts you're talking to at the top of the screen, then hit the FaceTime icon. This will add everyone in the group chat to the video call. If you need to add others from there, just swipe up, tap "Add Person" and enter their info.
If you want to leave the call, hit the red button towards the bottom-right of the screen. You can even leave, then rejoin the call if it's still going, which could be useful if you need to do something on your end for a moment and temporarily can't talk. To rejoin, just go back to the group chat in the Messages app and tap the button among the messages to call back in. and -- boom -- you're with everyone as if you'd never left. The above video from Apple shows how this looks.