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While texts from Android devices to iPhones will continue to remain green for the foreseeable future, Apple has been a little more generous about sharing its video-calling platform.
Android users still can't initiate a FaceTime call, or download the dedicated app, but Apple users can now send an invitation link to their Android friends to hop on a video call, kind of like a one-way Zoom link.
Here are the minimum requirements for the supported devices:
iPhone: iOS 15 or later
iPad: iPadOS 15 or later
Mac: MacOS 12 Monterey or later
2. Sending and receiving a FaceTime link
As the sender/host: Go to the FaceTime app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and select the "Create Link" option on the top left corner. You'll then be given a unique link to distribute to a contact -- no matter their phone brand. You can also attach a name to the link for a more formal or personal touch.
As the receiver: Once your Apple ally has sent you a FaceTime invitation, click the link from your messages app and your internet browser will open a new window. Then, allow your browser access to your camera and your microphone if you haven't already. Once the link has loaded, you'll be prompted to enter your name before joining the call. Tap "Continue" when you're set.
3. Accepting and joining the FaceTime call
As the sender/host: After you send out the link, Apple will automatically send a message to the receiver, prompting the user to join your FaceTime. Once your guest clicks on the invitation, you'll be prompted to accept or decline their entry request by clicking a checkmark or an X accordingly. Make sure to frequently check the app so you don't leave your guest hanging.
As the receiver: Android users, it's your turn. All that's required for you to join a FaceTime is the call link and a stable Wi-Fi or internet connection. To join, simply click on the link and then the green Join button. If all goes well, your face will appear in a small box in the bottom right corner. If the host of the call hasn't joined yet, the surrounding screen will remain black, with a "Waiting for others to join" notification at the top.
4. Using FaceTime
As the sender/host: From here, you're free to use FaceTime on your iPhone as you normally would. You can add a Memoji sticker or filter, take screenshots within the app, and chat as you please. The functionality is more limited for Android users, though. More on that later. When you're done with the call, hang up like usual.
As the receiver: In classic Apple fashion, you won't be able to use the full FaceTime experience from an Android device. Unlike Apple users, you can't apply a Memoji sticker or filter to give your call a little more color and pop. You also can't capture images using the FaceTime screenshot button like you would on an iPhone. You can, however, screenshot manually. And unlike on an Apple device, the other user won't be notified that you snapped a photo. Use that information wisely.
What iOS do you need to FaceTime an Android?
In order to have a successful iPhone to Android FaceTime call, the Apple user will need to be running iOS 15 or later on their iPhone, MacOS 12 Monterey or later on their Mac, and iPadOS 15 or later on their iPad.
Can Android phones initiate a FaceTime call?
Since FaceTime is an Apple-owned service, no. Android users can only join FaceTime calls hosted by Apple users.
Is there a FaceTime app for Android?
Unfortunately, FaceTime is not available on the Google Play store.