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Making a Call with FaceTime

The easiest way to get to know FaceTime is by making a call with it—or a few calls. Before you start, you need the following:

  • Your iPad 2
  • Access to a Wi-Fi connection
  • One or more friends with an iPad 2, an iPhone 4, or a Macintosh with a camera
  • A contact set up in advance for each friend you want to call, containing the email address that the contact uses for FaceTime

You may need to contact friends ahead of time to find out if they use FaceTime, and to ask them to verify which email address they use for it. Make sure that the correct email address is entered in the Contact information on your iPad.

Follow these steps to make a FaceTime call:

  1. From the home panel of the Home screen, press the FaceTime app.

    A live image from the front-facing camera and a sign-in screen appear, as shown in Figure 10.4.

    Figure 10.4

    Figure 10.4 FaceTime asks you to sign in.

  2. To learn more about FaceTime and your iPad 2, click the link, Learn More About FaceTime.

    Information about FaceTime, other built-in apps, and your iPad 2 appears, as shown in Figure 10.5.

    Figure 10.5

    Figure 10.5 You can easily get information about FaceTime and more.

    If you want to return to this screen later, the URL is www.apple.com/ipad/built-in-apps/facetime.html.

  3. To return to FaceTime, double-tap the Home button; then choose FaceTime from among the currently running apps on display.
  4. Sign in to your Apple account, or create a new one, to use FaceTime. To use an existing account, enter your password and tap Sign In. To create a new account, tap Create New Account. Enter your first name, last name, password, security question, and country or region. Tap in the check box to Subscribe or choose not to subscribe to news, special offers, and information about related products and services. Tap Next when finished.

    You're signed into your existing or new account.

  5. Enter the email address people should use to call you. Press Next. If FaceTime sends a verification email to the address you entered, respond to it.

    The email address is verified. Your contacts appear.

  6. Choose the contact to call. For that contact, press the email address to use.

    FaceTime tries to connect.

  7. If the call does not go through, you see a message: FaceTime Failed. Click OK and try again.

    If the call does go through, the view from your friend's iPad fills the screen. Your image appears in a corner of the screen.

  8. During the call, press the Microphone button to mute or unmute the call. Press the Swap button to swap between the front-facing and rear-facing cameras.

    You can use the rear-facing camera to show the other person on the call where you are, or to get a shout out from people near you.

  9. Press End to end the call.

You may need to contact friends ahead of time to find out if they use FaceTime, and to ask them to verify which email address(es) they use for it. Make sure that the correct email address for FaceTime is entered in the Contact information on your iPad.

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