FaceTime Links: Apple Users Can Now Have Calls with PC and Android Users

Alyssa Greenberg 17 Sep 2021
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One of the interesting announcements made during this year’s WWDC is the introduction of FaceTime Links by Apple. The company decided to compete with Zoom and thus make it possible for users of Windows and Android devices to join FaceTime calls, which hasn’t been possible previously.

The updated FaceTime app has become available along with macOS Monterey and iOS 15. Thanks to the update, it’s not possible for an iOS user of FaceTime to create a conversation and then share the link with other people, even those who don’t have Apple devices. A person can join the call by using their web or mobile browser and this applies to both one-on-one and group calls. At the moment, the new feature is in its beta testing stage, but it may be a good idea to wait for it to fully roll out to avoid dealing with any glitches.

While it’s possible to invite a person with any device to join a conversation, initiating it still requires a person to have an Apple device that runs on macOS Monterey, iOS 15, or iPadOS 15. Creating and sharing a link is a quick process:

  • Open the app and click on ‘Create a Link,’ which will be generated instantly and appear in the ‘Upcoming’ section.’
  • There will appear a sharing tab and you will be able to choose who you want to share the link with.
  • When you click on ‘Share Link’ in the menu, you will be able to choose how you want to notify users – email, WhatsApp, text message, and more. You can also simply copy the link and send it to others.

If you are joining a call, all you have to do is open the link in the updated Edge or Chrome browser.

What do you think about this new FaceTime feature? Do you plan to use it? Please, share your thoughts in the comments below.