How to Group FaceTime

Get family and friends together for video calls

Group FaceTime calls take normal FaceTiming to the next level and provides video and audio calls with up to 32 people. A 3-way Group FaceTime call — or one with five, 10, or more people — shows the participants in small boxes on the screen. When someone talks or when you select their tile, it becomes larger to make it easier to see.

Starting a FaceTime call with multiple people is really easy, and there are multiple ways to do it: from the Messages app, FaceTime app, and FaceTime program on a Mac.

Parent group chatting with two grandparents
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Instructions in this article apply to iOS 12.1.4 and later on iPhone 6s or later, iPad Pro or later, iPad Air 2 or later, iPad Mini 4 or later, or iPod touch (7th generation). Older mobile devices running iOS 12.1.4 and later can use Group FaceTime only for audio calls. These instructions also apply macOS 10.14.3 Mojave or later and the 10.14.3 Supplemental Update.

How to Group FaceTime on iPhone or iPad

There are two ways to FaceTime with multiple people from your iPad or iPhone, and both methods are installed on the device.

Use the FaceTime App

  1. Open FaceTime and tap the Plus icon (+).

  2. Select the Plus icon (+) next to the contacts you want to invite to a Group FaceTime. Enter phone numbers or email addresses to call other people.

  3. Select Video to start a Group FaceTime video call, or choose Audio to make it an audio call.

    Plus button, Add contact button, Audio/Video buttons in FacetTme app on iOS

Use the Messages App

  1. Open Messages and select the group conversation that you want to use for the video or audio FaceTime call.

    If there isn't a relevant group conversation to use, make a new one by composing a new text and adding all the recipients to it. Send a text to this group to make it a viable starting-off point for a multi-person FaceTime call.

  2. Tap the profile images or avatar icons at the top of the message. If it shows the number of people in the group without images, select that.

  3. Choose FaceTime to start a Group FaceTime video call, or select audio to start a group audio call using FaceTime.

    Group Message, participant icons, audio or FaceTime options in iOS

How to Group FaceTime on a Mac

Creating a Group FaceTime call from a Mac is extremely easy. From the FaceTime program, search for the people you want to call (using their name, email, or phone number), then select either Video or Audio to start either Group FaceTime call.

Like on iPhone and iPad, Mac users can initiate a Group FaceTime call from Messages, too, via the conversation's Details screen.

Group FaceTime options on MAc

Group FaceTime Alternatives

If your device doesn't support FaceTime calls or won't start a Group FaceTime video or audio call, there are alternative apps that support group calling.

Some work on Android, Windows, macOS, iOS, and other platforms, and they're usually cross-platform, meaning that someone with an Android tablet, for example, can call another person with a Windows or iOS device.

Here are some examples: