How to Use Grid View on FaceTime in iOS 15

FaceTime group calls making you dizzy? Here’s how to fix it.

What to Know

  • Turn on grid view by tapping Grid in the lower-left corner.
  • On FaceTime for iPads, Grid is in the upper right corner.
  • The grid will not appear unless four people are on the call. If you don’t see a grid, tap the screen to make the interface appear.

Before iOS 15, group calls on FaceTime were confusing. Icons in different sizes represented people, and the icons would resize themselves or pop around the screen. You couldn’t keep track of where everyone was, much less who was talking. If your group calls still look like a mess, it’s time to turn on grid view.

Your device needs to have iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 to use grid view. Not sure if you can download Apple’s newest software update? Check to see if your iPhone model supports iOS 15.

How Do I Turn On Grid View in FaceTime?

To turn on grid view in FaceTime, you’ll need to be in a call with at least three other people. Everyone’s faces will be differently-sized tiles and will be scattered across the screen when people talk. To organize them into a grid, do the following:

  1. Tap the screen to make the user interface visible.

  2. On iPhones, Grid will appear in the lower left corner. On iPads, check the upper right corner.

  3. Tap Grid. The option will turn white if it’s on.

Facetime Grid view icon on iOS 15

What Does Grid View Do on FaceTime?

When you turn on grid view, you’ll notice a few changes. Your icon will remain in the lower right corner, but the different-sized tiles for other callers will snap into orderly columns and stay there. Whenever someone talks, a white outline will appear around their tile.

FaceTime remembers your last settings, so once you turn on Grid view, it should remain on until you turn it off.

Why Am I Not Getting Grid View 0n FaceTime?

If your tiles aren’t in grids or you do not see the option to turn on grid view, there are a few possible causes:

  • More people need to join the call. The Grid option only appears when 4+ people are present.
  • There are too many people on the call. FaceTime supports groups of up to 32 people, but iPhones only display six other callers in a grid.
  • You need to update your device. Grid view requires iOS 15 on your iPhone or iPad.
  • The feature may have a bug. Users aren’t reporting problems with grid view, but iOS 15 is still new.
  • Your device doesn’t support iOS 15. If you can’t update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 15, you won’t see a grid view. Apple stops supporting older devices after several years.
FAQ
  • How do I group FaceTime on iOS 15?

    To start a group FaceTime, just tap New FaceTime and choose all the contacts you want to add. If you already have a group chat going, tap the FaceTime icon in the upper-right corner to call everyone in the chat. You can have up to 32 users in a group call.

  • How I mute myself on FaceTime?

    Tap the screen to make the user interface visible, then tap Mute (the microphone icon) in the toolbar. Tap it again it unmute yourself. If audio isn't working on FaceTime, check to see if you're muted.

  • How do I flip the camera in a group FaceTime on iOS 15?

    Tap your video thumbnail to expand the screen, then tap Flip (the camera icon) in the lower-right corner. Tap the Portrait icon in the upper-left corner to enable portrait mode on FaceTime.

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