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In iOS 15, you can join a FaceTime call from your iPhone, Android, or Windows device.



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Android and Windows users have a reason to celebrate: Soon you’ll be able to make FaceTime calls with your iPhone-wielding friends. Apple revealed the news at its annual Global Developer Conference Monday, along with many others updates for iOS, iPadOS and MacOS.

FaceTime will receive several updates in the near future iOS 15 operating system which makes it look and act more like Enlarge is Microsoft Teams, including a list of participants and the ability to schedule calls. The new operating system also brings spatial audio to FaceTime, making people’s voices sound as if they came from their position on the screen for a more natural feel. But perhaps the most exciting thing is to open access to non-Apple devices, at least when using a web browser.

iOS 15 is generally released in the fall. (Here is how to download the developer beta now.) Once you’ve downloaded the new OS, here’s how to join FaceTime calls no matter what device you’re using.

Join a FaceTime call from your Android or Windows device

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Android and Windows users can join FaceTime calls from their browser, if they have a link.

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If you’re using an Android or Windows device and have a friend or family member with an Apple device, they can send you a link to a FaceTime call via text, email, WhatsApp, or a calendar invitation. Once you have received the link, simply click on it and it will open in your browser. You can join the conversation from there. That’s all!

One caveat with this update: An Apple device and an Apple account are required to schedule or initiate a FaceTime call. Then you can create a shareable link to invite others, who can join from their browser on Android or Windows devices, without the need for an Apple account. But those participants can’t join the conversation until the Apple user who set it up approves them.

Apple noted at WWDC that even on the Internet, FaceTime calls are always end-to-end encrypted.

Take a look to find out more FaceTime tips and tricks is everything else you need to know about iOS 15.


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