How to Get FaceTime on Windows

You can join a FaceTime video chat on Windows, but you can't create one

What to Know

  • An invite link must be sent from the FaceTime app on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Windows-based computers can't start a FaceTime call.
  • To run FaceTime on a Windows computer, open a FaceTime invite link in a web browser.
  • Windows support for FaceTime will launch alongside iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey in Fall 2021.

This article covers everything you need to know about using FaceTime on a Windows computer.

The following process only works with iPod touch and iPhones running at least iOS 15, iPads running iPadOS 15, and Macs updated to macOS Monterey.

How Do You FaceTime on a Computer Running Windows?

To participate in a FaceTime video chat on a computer running Windows, you’ll need to receive an invite link to a chat from someone using the FaceTime app on an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac. You can send this link to yourself to switch devices or you can request a link from another participant so you can join.

Support for Windows doesn’t officially launch to the public until September 2021. It’s possible the following steps may change slightly, though they likely won’t look too different.

  1. Open the FaceTime app on an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac computer.

    Your Apple device will need to be running at least iOS 15, iPadOS 15, or macOS Monterey.

  2. Select Create Link.

    If you don’t have the Create Link option, you may need to update your FaceTime app or operating system to the latest version.

  3. Tap Copy to copy the FaceTime web address to your device’s clipboard and then paste it into an email or message to send to a contact or yourself. Alternatively, you can also tap one of the suggested chat apps to send the link as a DM.

    If you want to send the link to yourself, post it in a private chat in an app you can also access on your Windows computer such as Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Twitter, or WhatsApp.

    Preview images of the upcoming new FaceTime app from Apple.

    Apple

  4. On your Windows computer, locate the FaceTime link and open it in either the Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome web browser.

    FaceTime may work in other browsers on Windows, but Edge and Chrome are what Apple recommends.

    Preview concept image of FaceTime running on a Windows laptop in a web browser.

    Apple

  5. You will now be added to the FaceTime chat within the web browser on your Windows computer.

    If you were just adding your Windows computer to the chat, you can now close the FaceTime app on your Apple device.

Do I Need to Install FaceTime on My Windows Computer?

There is no FaceTime app for Windows computers, nor do you need one. On Windows, FaceTime can be run completely from within a web browser by clicking a chat invite link sent to you from someone participating with an Apple device.

You can't start a FaceTime chat on a Windows computer. You’re only able to join an existing one created on an Apple device.

Is FaceTime for PC Safe?

Apple does promise end-to-end encryption for its FaceTime communications, which increases your conversation’s privacy significantly.

You can increase your security by making sure you have the latest version of Windows running on your computer and your browser is up-to-date. It’s also a good idea to only click FaceTime invite links you’re expecting. Email scammers may try to trick you into clicking malicious links by claiming they’re for a FaceTime chat when in reality they’re for a fake website.

FAQ
  • How do I FaceTime on an Android?

    With the advent of iOS 15, users will be able to join a FaceTime call from an Android device, just as from a Windows 10 PC, as described above. If an iOS 15 user sends a link to someone with an Android device, the Android user will click on the link, go to a browser, and join the FaceTime call.

  • How do I share the screen on a FaceTime call?

    In iOS 15, a FaceTime update will include a feature called SharePlay, which will allow users to share videos and TikToks, listen to music together, and otherwise share their screens when on a FaceTime call.

  • How do I record a FaceTime call?

    FaceTime doesn't have built-in call-record functionality, but there is a workaround. To record a FaceTime call on your Mac using Quicktime, start a FaceTime call, then launch Quicktime and go to File > New Screen Recording. Select Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion, taking care that your FaceTime window is included. Start recording the screen, then end the recording when you finish your FaceTime call.

Was this page helpful?