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FaceTime for Mac High Sierra: A Complete Guide to Video and Audio Calls


How to Use FaceTime for Mac High Sierra




FaceTime is a popular app that allows you to make video and audio calls with your friends, family, and colleagues. You can use FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, and enjoy high-quality communication with up to 32 people at the same time. In this article, you will learn how to use FaceTime for Mac High Sierra, the latest version of macOS available for some older Mac models.




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What is FaceTime and why use it on Mac?




FaceTime is an app that lets you make video and audio calls over Wi-Fi or cellular data. You can use FaceTime to chat with anyone who has an Apple device that supports FaceTime, such as an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. You can also invite people who don't have an Apple device to join your FaceTime call using a link that they can open in their browser.


FaceTime features and benefits




Some of the features and benefits of using FaceTime on Mac are:


  • You can see and hear the person you're talking to in high definition, up to 720p resolution.



  • You can switch between the front and rear cameras of your Mac or external webcam.



  • You can mute or unmute your microphone, pause or resume your video, or end the call with one click.



  • You can share your screen with the person you're talking to, or view their screen if they share it with you.



  • You can use fun video effects, such as Animoji, Memoji, stickers, filters, shapes, and text.



  • You can use different mic modes, such as voice isolation or wide spectrum, to optimize the sound quality of your call.



  • You can use live captions to read what the person you're talking to is saying, or enable subtitles for accessibility.



  • You can hand off your call to another device, such as your iPhone or iPad, if you need to move around.



FaceTime compatibility and requirements




To use FaceTime on Mac High Sierra, you need:


  • A Mac that supports macOS High Sierra. You can check if your Mac is compatible here.



  • A broadband internet connection. You can check the minimum internet speed requirements here.



  • A built-in or connected microphone and camera. You can check if your camera and microphone are working here.



  • An Apple ID and an email address. You can create an Apple ID here.



How to set up FaceTime on Mac High Sierra




Before you can start using FaceTime on Mac High Sierra, you need to set it up first. Here are the steps:


How to sign in with your Apple ID




  • Open the FaceTime app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder, or use Spotlight search.



  • Enter your Apple ID and password, then click Sign In.If you have more than one email address associated with your Apple ID, choose the one you want to use for FaceTime, then click Next.



  • If you want to add more email addresses or phone numbers that people can use to reach you on FaceTime, click Add Email or Add Phone Number, then enter the details and click Next.



  • If you want to change your caller ID, click the drop-down menu next to your name and choose the email address or phone number you want to use.



How to adjust your preferences and settings




  • On the FaceTime app, click FaceTime on the menu bar, then click Preferences.



On the Settings tab, you can:


  • Check or uncheck the box next to Enable this account to turn FaceTime on or off.



  • Check or uncheck the box next to Calls from iPhone to allow or prevent your Mac from receiving calls from your iPhone.



  • Check or uncheck the box next to Upgrade to Wi-Fi Calling to enable or disable Wi-Fi calling on your Mac.



  • Check or uncheck the box next to Live Photos to allow or prevent taking live photos during FaceTime calls.




On the Blocked tab, you can:


  • Click the plus (+) button to add a contact to your blocked list.



  • Click the minus (-) button to remove a contact from your blocked list.




How to add contacts and favorites




  • On the FaceTime app, click the Contacts button on the bottom left corner.



  • You will see a list of contacts from your Mac's Contacts app. You can search for a contact by typing their name, email address, or phone number in the search field.



  • To add a contact as a favorite, right-click on their name and choose Add to Favorites. You can also drag and drop their name to the Favorites section on the left sidebar.



  • To remove a contact from your favorites, right-click on their name and choose Remove from Favorites. You can also drag and drop their name out of the Favorites section.



How to make and receive FaceTime calls on Mac High Sierra




Now that you have set up FaceTime on Mac High Sierra, you can start making and receiving calls with ease. Here are the steps:


How to make a video or audio call




  • On the FaceTime app, click the Video or Audio button on the top right corner.



  • Type the name, email address, or phone number of the person you want to call in the To field. You can also click the plus (+) button to choose a contact from your list.



  • If you want to make a video call, click the video icon next to their name. If you want to make an audio call, click the phone icon next to their name.



  • The call will start ringing. Wait for the person to answer. You will see their video on your screen and hear their voice through your speakers or headphones.



  • To end the call, click the red X button on the bottom left corner.



How to add more people to a call




  • During a FaceTime call, click the sidebar button on the bottom right corner.



  • Click the plus (+) button on the top right corner.



  • Type the name, email address, or phone number of the person you want to add to the call in the To field. You can also click the plus (+) button to choose a contact from your list.



  • Click the Add button.



  • The person will receive an invitation to join the call. Wait for them to accept. You will see their video on your screen and hear their voice through your speakers or headphones.



  • You can add up to 32 people to a FaceTime call. You can see all the participants on the sidebar, and switch between them by clicking on their names.



How to use FaceTime links




  • On the FaceTime app, click the Create Link button on the top left corner.



  • A FaceTime link will be generated. You can copy it, share it, or add it to your calendar or reminders.



  • You can send the link to anyone you want to invite to your FaceTime call, even if they don't have an Apple device. They can open the link in their browser and join the call as a guest.



  • To start the call, click the Join button next to the link. You will see a preview of your video and audio before joining.



  • To end the call, click the red X button on the bottom left corner.



How to answer or decline a call




  • When someone calls you on FaceTime, you will see a notification on your Mac. You will also hear a ringtone and see their video on your screen.



  • To answer the call, click the Accept button on the notification or on the video window.



  • To decline the call, click the Decline button on the notification or on the video window.



You can also choose other options by clicking and holding the Accept or Decline button. For example, you can:


  • Send a message to the caller.



  • Remind yourself to call back later.



  • Block the caller from contacting you again.




How to hand off the call to another device




  • If you want to continue your FaceTime call on another device, such as your iPhone or iPad, you can use the handoff feature.



  • Make sure that both devices are signed in with the same Apple ID, and have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on.



  • On your Mac, move your cursor over the FaceTime icon on the Dock. You will see a badge with the name of your other device.



  • Click on the badge to transfer the call to your other device. You will see a notification on your other device asking you to accept the handoff.



  • On your other device, swipe or tap on the notification to accept the handoff. The call will switch to your other device, and you can continue the conversation.



  • To switch back to your Mac, repeat the same steps.



How to enhance your FaceTime experience on Mac High Sierra




FaceTime on Mac High Sierra offers some features that can make your calls more fun and enjoyable. Here are some tips:


How to choose a video effect




  • During a FaceTime call, click the Effects button on the bottom right corner.



  • You will see a menu with different categories of effects, such as Animoji, Memoji, Stickers, Filters, Shapes, and Text.



  • Click on an effect to apply it to your video. You can also drag and drop an effect to a specific area of your video.



  • To remove an effect, click on it again or drag it out of your video.



  • You can use multiple effects at the same time, and change them anytime during the call.



How to choose a mic mode




  • During a FaceTime call, click the Mic Mode button on the bottom right corner.



  • You will see two options: Voice Isolation and Wide Spectrum.



  • Voice Isolation reduces background noise and focuses on your voice. This is useful when you are in a noisy environment or want to speak clearly.



  • Wide Spectrum captures all the sounds around you. This is useful when you want to share music or ambient sounds with the person you're talking to.



  • Click on the option you prefer. You can change it anytime during the call.



How to use live captions




  • During a FaceTime call, click the Captions button on the bottom right corner.



  • You will see a toggle to turn on or off live captions.



  • Live captions will show you what the person you're talking to is saying in real time. You can also enable subtitles for accessibility.



  • To change the language, font size, or style of the captions, click the Captions button again and choose Preferences.



  • You can also use live captions when you join a FaceTime call using a link. Just click the Captions button on the top right corner of the browser window.



Conclusion




FaceTime is a great app that allows you to make video and audio calls with your friends, family, and colleagues. You can use FaceTime on your Mac High Sierra and enjoy high-quality communication with up to 32 people at the same time. You can also use fun video effects, different mic modes, and live captions to enhance your FaceTime experience. In this article, you learned how to use FaceTime for Mac High Sierra, from setting it up to making and receiving calls. We hope you found this article helpful and informative. If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know in the comments below.


FAQs




Q: How much data does FaceTime use?




A: FaceTime uses about 3 MB of data per minute for a video call, and about 180 KB of data per minute for an audio call. However, this may vary depending on your network speed and quality.


Q: How do I update FaceTime on Mac High Sierra?




A: To update FaceTime on Mac High Sierra, you need to update your macOS to the latest version available for your Mac model. You can check for updates by clicking the Apple menu on the top left corner of your screen, then choosing System Preferences > Software Update.


Q: How do I fix FaceTime not working on Mac High Sierra?




A: If FaceTime is not working on Mac High Sierra, you can try some of these troubleshooting steps:


  • Make sure that FaceTime is enabled in your preferences and settings.



  • Make sure that your internet connection is stable and fast enough for FaceTime.



  • Make sure that your camera and microphone are working properly and allowed by FaceTime.



  • Make sure that your date and time are set correctly on your Mac.



  • Make sure that you are signed in with a valid Apple ID and email address.



  • Make sure that the person you are trying to call is available and has FaceTime enabled.



  • Restart your Mac and try again.



Q: How do I delete FaceTime history on Mac High Sierra?




A: To delete FaceTime history on Mac High Sierra, you can follow these steps:


  • On the FaceTime app, click the Recents button on the bottom left corner.



  • You will see a list of recent calls that you made or received on FaceTime.



  • To delete a single call, right-click on it and choose Remove from Recents.



  • To delete all calls, click FaceTime on the menu bar, then choose Remove All Recents.



Q: How do I record FaceTime calls on Mac High Sierra?




A: To record FaceTime calls on Mac High Sierra, you can use the built-in screen recording feature of macOS. Here are the steps:


  • Start or join a FaceTime call on your Mac.



  • Press Shift + Command + 5 on your keyboard to open the screen recording controls.



  • Click the Options button and choose where to save your recording, whether to show mouse clicks, and whether to use a timer.



  • Click the Record button and choose whether to record the entire screen or a portion of it.



  • The recording will start. You will see a stop button on the menu bar. You can also press Command + Control + Esc to stop the recording.



  • The recording will be saved as a video file in your chosen location. You can play it back using QuickTime Player or another video player.



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