How to Download FaceTime for Mac, iOS, and More

Apple's video-chat tool integrates seamlessly within the iOS and macOS ecosystem

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Apple FaceTime is one of the best video-chat apps on the market. Like most Apple services, FaceTime works on most Apple devices. While it debuted on the iPhone 4, you can now FaceTime with anyone who has an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac. Apple does not offer FaceTime for Android, Windows, or Linux.

Instructions in this article apply to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 5 or higher, and to Mac computers running macOS X 10.6 or higher.

How to Download FaceTime for iPhone and iPad

You don't need to download a FaceTime app for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. It comes installed on every iOS device running iOS 5 or higher.

If your device has iOS 5 or higher and the FaceTime app isn't present, the device may not be able to use it because, for example, the device doesn't have a user-facing camera. Apple doesn't offer the app on devices that can't use it. Another reason that FaceTime may not be present on the device is that it was disabled using the built-in Restrictions feature.

If you deleted FaceTime from an iOS device, visit the App Store to reinstall it for free.

How to Download FaceTime for macOS

FaceTime comes pre-installed with recent versions of the macOS, so if your software is up to date, you should have the program. If not, download FaceTime from the Mac App Store. To use the Mac App Store, you must be running macOS X 10.6 or higher. If you have that OS, the Mac App Store is available in either the dock or the built-in App Store program.

Find Facetime at the Apple Store and click the Buy button to purchase the FaceTime software using your Apple ID (and install it on your Mac. The version of FaceTime in the Mac App Store is for older versions of the macOS (the most recent version of the OS mentioned is 10.6). This is only useful if you have an older Mac.

With the desktop version of FaceTime, you can make FaceTime calls to other Macs running the software, as well as iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running it.