Can you use FaceTime on Windows?

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FaceTime video calls from Apple are incredibly popular, and they now work (in part) on Windows. FaceTime allows people using iPhone, iPad, and Mac to make easy video calls to each other. You can’t make Facetime calls from Windows, but you can join them.

Anyone using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac can now start a FaceTime call and create a web link. That person can send you this link, and you can join the FaceTime call in your browser, even if you’re on Windows. This feature was added in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey, which were released in 2021.

However, there is no FaceTime app for Windows. You also cannot start a FaceTime call on the web. Apple users can initiate FaceTime calls and invite Windows users to join a browser, but that’s it. Facetime is a proprietary standard, which is not available outside the Apple ecosystem.

If you are looking to start FaceTime calls from Windows, you will have to use a video calling workaround instead.

Here are several FaceTime alternatives available on Windows, macOS, Android, iPhone, and iPad, so you can spend time with just about anyone. Two pairs are available for Linux.

  • ZoomIn 2021, Zoom is incredibly popular and needs no introduction. It works on Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad, Chromebook and more.
  • Skype: Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, was one of the first video calling applications to become mainstream. Since then, the situation has become better. Skype is available for Windows, macOS, and iPhone, iPadand Linux and Android.
  • Google Duo: Google Duo allows you to make video calls from the web or Android.
  • Facebook Messenger: Did you know that you can make video calls with Facebook Messenger? You can, and can use the feature on almost any operating system. There are Messenger apps dedicated to iPhone, iPad, And Android, but you can also use Messenger directly in your desktop web browser to make video calls from Windows, macOS, or Linux.
  • fiber: Viber is a feature-rich application that you can use for video calls and a variety of other purposes. It has millions of users all over the world and is available for a variety of platforms such as iOSAnd Androidand Windows, macOS, and Linux.

You’ll need to take the extra step to make sure you’ve installed the correct app for the people you want to call. But once you do, you’ll be able to make video calls with just about anyone, whether they’re using an Apple device or not.

Related: Best ways to make free group calls

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