How to Download FaceTime for Mac, iOS, and More

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Video chat is by far the best way to communicate with far-away friends and family, and Apple's FaceTime is one of the best video chat apps. There's just something exciting about the idea of being able to see the person you're talking to when making a call. (Even better, the new FaceTime Audio feature that lets you make free calls without using your monthly minutes.)

Like most Apple services, FaceTime works on almost all Apple devices. While it debuted on the iPhone 4, you can now FaceTime with anyone who has an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac (the Apple TV and Apple Watch don't support FaceTime right now, but you never know about the future).

If you want to start video chatting, make sure you've got FaceTime by finding out where you can download it.

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 pre-installed on every iOS device running iOS 5 or higher. If your device is running iOS 5 or higher and the FaceTime app isn't present, your device either can't use it (for instance, it might not have a user-facing camera; Apple doesn't offer the app on devices that can't use it) or it's been disabled using the built-in Restrictions feature.

There are lots of other video chatting apps for the iOS, like Skype and Tango. If you want to video chat with someone who has a device that doesn't run FaceTime, whether that's an older iPhone or another smartphone platform, you'll need to use these.

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 already have the program. If not, you can download FaceTime from the Mac App Store. To use the Mac App Store, you must be running Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. If you have that OS, the Mac App Store is available in either your dock or via 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 (it's US$0.99) 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 in 10.6). This is only useful if you've got 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.

How to Download FaceTime For Android

Android users may be anxious to use FaceTime, too, but we've got bad news: there's no FaceTime for Android. But the news actually isn't all bad.

There are a number of video chat apps for Android, but none are Apple's FaceTime and none of them work with FaceTime. You can find apps that claim to be FaceTime for Android in the Google Play store, but they're not telling the truth. FaceTime only comes from Apple and Apple hasn't released the software for Android.

But just because there's no FaceTime doesn't mean that Android users can't video chat. In fact, there are tons of Android apps that let users see each other while they talk like Tango, Skype, and WhatsApp. Get your friends and family to download one of these apps and you'll be ready to chat no matter your smartphone platform.

How to Download FaceTime For Windows

Unfortunately for Windows users, the news is the same as for Android. There's no official FaceTime app for desktop or mobile Windows. This means you won't be able to video chat from your Windows device to an iOS or Mac user via FaceTime.

But, just like Android, there are lots of other video chat tools that run on Windows and that also run on iOS and Mac. Again, just make sure all the people you want to talk to are using the same program and you'll be ready to talk.