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How to use FaceTime on your Android or Windows PC

Dave Johnson   

How to use FaceTime on your Android or Windows PC
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With the newest Apple software update, Apple users can invite Android users to join FaceTime calls.     10'000 Hours/Getty Images
  • You can join a FaceTime call on an Android or PC by clicking a link sent to you by someone with an Apple device.
  • The person with the Apple device needs to be running at least iOS 15, iPadOS 15, or macOS 12 Monterey.
  • Once you get the FaceTime link, you'll open it in your Android or PC's web browser.

FaceTime is a reliable way to video chat between iPhone, iPad, and Mac users. If you have one of these Apple devices, it's easy to take FaceTime for granted.

Unfortunately, there's no way for Android users to download the FaceTime app or start their own FaceTime calls. But with the release of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey, anyone can join a FaceTime call — even from an Android phone.

Here's how to send a FaceTime invite from an Apple device, and then how to join that FaceTime call on your Android phone or Windows PC.

How to join a FaceTime call on an Android or PC

Android and Windows users still can't start FaceTime calls. But as long as you have Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, you can join calls that others make.

Quick tip: Google Chrome comes pre-installed on most Android phones, and Microsoft Edge comes pre-installed on all Windows PCs.

First, someone with an Apple device needs to start the FaceTime call. To do this, they'll need:

1. Have the Apple user open the FaceTime app on their device and select Create Link at the top of the app.

Screenshot of FaceTime app "Create Link" button
On an Apple device, select "Create Link" at the top of the FaceTime app.      William Antonelli/Insider

2. In the pop-up, the Apple user then needs to select how they'd like to share the link — via Messages, Mail, Snapchat, AirDrop, or another app. It doesn't matter which method you use, the Android or PC user just needs to have the link.

3. Once the Android or Windows user receives the link to, they need to open it in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

4. Have the Android or Windows user enter their name and hit Continue.

Screenshot of join FaceTime webpage on Android
Enter your name and tap "Continue."      William Antonelli/Insider

5. Once joined, have the Android or Windows user hit the green Join button in the floating pop-up. They might also need to give FaceTime permission to use their microphone and camera.

Screenshot of "Join" button on FaceTime website on Android
Tap "Join" to enter the call.      William Antonelli/Insider

6. The Apple user will then need to accept their request to join.

Screenshot of "Someone requested to join" pop-up on iPhone
The Apple user will be notified when someone tries to join the call.      William Antonelli/Insider

7. Once both parties have entered the call, they'll both see the same options to mute themselves, show or hide their camera, leave the call, and more.