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's FaceTime is one of the best video-chat apps on the market. 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.

Apple does not offer FaceTime for Android, Windows, or Linux.

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 is running iOS 5 or higher and the FaceTime app isn't present, your device either can't use it (for example, 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.

If you deleted FaceTime from your iOS device, just visit the App Store to re-install 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 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.