How to Download FaceTime for Mac, iOS, and More

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

Apple FaceTime is one of the best video-chat apps. 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. But, where do you download FaceTime and can you get FaceTime for Android or Windows?

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

How to Download FaceTime for iPhone and iPad

Generally speaking, you don't need to download FaceTime for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. That's because 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. That could be because 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 Restrictions feature that can be used to hide apps.

If you deleted FaceTime from an iOS device, you can redownload it from the App Store for free and reinstall it.

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 (look for it in the Apple menu at the top left corner).

Find FaceTime at the Apple Store and click the Get button to download the FaceTime software and install it on your Mac. The version of FaceTime in the Mac App Store is for older versions of the macOS, so this is only useful if you have an older Mac.

On newer Macs, you can delete the pre-installed FaceTime software. If you do that, you'll need to restore or upgrade your operating system.

How to Download FaceTime for Android or Windows

But what about non-Apple operating systems? For instance, Android users may be wondering if they can download FaceTime for their phones. The short answer is no: You can't get FaceTime for Android or Windows, but iPhone users running iOS 15 or later can add Android users to their FaceTime calls.

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