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How to receive FaceTime calls on Android

Group FaceTime chat with green and pink background
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Want to know how to receive FaceTime calls on Android? FaceTime has got a few new features thanks to iOS 15, one of them being the ability to add Android users to FaceTime calls.

In fact, almost anyone can now join a FaceTime call, as long as they have access to a device with a web browser. This is a real step forward for Apple, which has previously kept access to its video calling app exclusive to users with Apple devices.

Although understandable, keeping use of the app exclusive to people who have Apple devices isn’t ideal when so many people now use video call software as their main method of communication. Fortunately, Apple has finally made FaceTime available to use even if you don’t own an iPhone or other Apple device, putting FaceTime on par with other video calling apps such as Zoom or Google Meet.

Unfortunately, you still can’t set up a FaceTime call if you’re not on an Apple device just yet, but you can still join a call as a participant. Keep reading to find out how to receive FaceTime calls on Android.

How to receive FaceTime calls on Android 

To join a FaceTime call on Android, you will need to have a meeting link shared with you on a messaging app such as WhatsApp or via text. 

1. Find the meeting link that the host has shared with you.

2. Click the link to open FaceTime in your browser. 

3. Enter your name and tap “Continue.” 

A screenshot of Facetime on Android asking the user to input their name

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4. Tap "Join."

A screenshot of Facetime on Android showing a user joining a call

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5. Wait for the host to connect you to the call. Once the host has added you, you’ll be able to chat face-to-face with the other participants. 

A screenshot of Facetime on Android showing a user waiting to be let into a call

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How to invite Android users to FaceTime calls 

1. Make sure your Apple OS is up to date. If you’re using an iPhone or iPad, you’ll need iOS 15. 

2. Open the FaceTime app and click “Create Link.” 

A screenshot of a user creating a link to a call on Facetime

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3. A menu will pop up allowing you to share the link through various apps. Tap one of the app icons to share the link with one of your contacts in that app. Alternatively, you can tap “copy link” and paste it into a message yourself. 

A screenshot of a user sharing a link to a Facetime call using the sharing menu

(Image credit: Future)

4. To join your call, tap the name of the call in the list, then tap "join."

A screenshot of Facetime on iPad showing a user joining a call

(Image credit: Future)

A screenshot of a FaceTime user on iPad joining a call

(Image credit: Future)

5. When someone (including those using an Android device) taps the link, they will be sent to a waiting room. Let the other participants join the call by tapping the check mark next to their name. 

A screenshot of a FaceTime user on iPad letting another user into a call

(Image credit: Future)

Need more help with iOS 15? We have tutorials that will help you. Check out how to set up a notification summary in iOS 15 and how to use live text on iOS 15. If you’re an Android user, have a look at how to check Android battery health and how to record a call on Android.

Millie is a news writer at Tom's Guide covering the latest tech news and specializing in deals content and how-to articles about everything from phones, streaming devices and headphones to games and software . In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gaming on her Nintendo Switch and creating digital art. 

  • Android_Educator
    That is a terrible headline. You can't make FaceTime calls on anything but Apple devices. You can receive FaceTime calls but not make them. I can't believe this one through all the editors and they thought this headline was a good idea. Please change the title of this article to how to receive FaceTime calls on Android not make them.
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  • Marc McLaren
    You're right, of course. We're very sorry for getting this one wrong and have changed the title (and aspects of the body copy) accordingly. It was a genuine mistake, rather than an attempt to mislead people, but we'll strive to be better in future.
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