FaceTime tips and tricks – how to use filters, Memoji, and add friends to group call on iPhone

WANT to become a wise master of Apple's FaceTime video chat app? You'll need these tips and tricks.

We reveal how to make group calls, add filters and even replace your head with an animated emoji.

How to make a FaceTime Call

Here's how to make a standard FaceTime call:

  • 1. First, go to Settings > FaceTime and make sure that FaceTime is on.
  • 2. Then open the FaceTime app and tap the plus button (+) in the top-right corner.
  • 3. Enter the name of your contacts, phone numbers or email addresses.
  • 4. Then to start your FaceTime call, tap Audio or Video (depending on your preference).

If you can't add someone to a FaceTime call, it's likely that they're (1) not using an Apple device, (2) saved under the wrong mobile phone number or email address, or (3) have their device switched off or disconnected from the internet.

How to add a person to a Group FaceTime call

Here's how to make a Group FaceTime call:

  • 1. From the call, tap the plus icon (+).
  • 2. Then tap Add Person.
  • 3. Enter the contact's name, phone number or email address.
  • 4. Then tap Add Person to FaceTime.

You can also make a FaceTime call directly from a group Messages conversation.

Just open the conversation, tap the contacts at the top, and then tap FaceTime to start your call.

How to become an Animoji or Memoji

You can swap out your face with an Animoji or Memoji.

Animoji are Apple's own set of animated 3D emoji, which can transform you into a cat or a dragon, for example.

And Memoji are the Animoji you create yourself, designed to look just like you – but in cartoon form.

When you transform into an Animoji, the iPhone will map and track your face so that it matches your movements.

To do this, follow these steps:

  • 1. During the FaceTime call, tap the curved five-point star
  • 2. Then tap the Monkey head
  • 3. You can then swipe through characters and choose one

The other people on the call will hear your words, but see your Animoji talking instead of your real face.

Use filters on FaceTime

It's also possible to use filters on FaceTime to change how you look.

These work just like similar filters or lenses you'd find on Instagram or Snapchat.

Enter a FaceTime video call and then tap the screen.

Then tap the curvy five-pointed star.

Next, tap the three overlapping circles – one is red, one green and one blue.

This will open a list of filters, and you can choose any of them – or swipe left or right to preview them.

How to add text label during FaceTime

You can add a text label that says whatever you like – and then position it on the screen.
To do this, tap the screen and then tap the curvy five-pointed star.

Then tap the "Aa" icon, and then choose text label.

While the label is selected, simply type the text you want to appear, and then tap away from it.

You can then drag the label to wherever you want it to stay.

To delete the label, just tap it and then tap X.

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Do you know any genius iPhone tricks? Let us know in the comments!

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