How to Join FaceTime Calls on Any Device
Now that we have all spending a lot of time in video calls, Apple decided to make this FaceTime app available on multiple devices. With this year’s launch of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, you can join FaceTime calls from a web browser, it will also be open to Android and Windows users.
The key word there is “participate.” Apple hasn’t gone as far as enabling users to initiate FaceTime calls from non-Apple devices or access the contacts list. There’s no official FaceTime app for Android or anything like that — just a simple web interface that you can jump to from any device running a browser.
With your updated iOS, iPadOS, and macOS software, you’ll also notice other improvements to the FaceTime app: A zoom-style grid interface is now available, as well as background blur for your calls. The most important change is the ability to join calls from any device, though, and it’s not hard to do.
Start FaceTime Calls
Like we said, you still need an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to actually initiate a FaceTime call – you can’t even launch a video chat from Android or Windows. Load FaceTime on your Apple device, and instead of entering a number or email address as you normally would when starting a contact, select Create Link option instead.
You will get a variety of options for sharing this link (tap Add the name to give it a proper name.) You can copy it to the clipboard, for example, or send it to another app like Messages or Mail. If you don’t share it right away, it will still work on the front screen of the FaceTime app, so you can show it later if you want.
Anyone you give this link to can join your FaceTime call-no password protection or login is required, even if you approve requests to join the call to call them. Each link you create will remain active until you delete it, which you can do by tapping the info button next to a link and selecting Link Removal.
You can join the call by tapping the link you created, then selecting Participate. If other participants follow the link you’ve shared, you’ll see a pop-up alert asking if you want them to accept. If someone follows the link before you start the call from your end, they’ll see a hold page (and you’ll get an alert saying they’re trying to join).
Participate in FaceTime Calls
If you’re joining a FaceTime call from a non-Apple device, the process is very straightforward: Click the FaceTime link provided to you, and you should see the FaceTime interface loaded with your default web browser (note that at this time, only Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge support FaceTime calls).