Easy iPhone trick to FaceTime with Android and Windows users

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By Dan Sears

A nifty trick is hiding in plain sight on your iPhone.

There’s a quick and easy way to configure a FaceTime call so that users with an Android or Windows device can join seamlessly.

The simple hack, which recently resurfaced online, involves opening the FaceTime app and tapping the “create link” option on the top left part of a user’s screen.

From there, the organizing FaceTimer can devise a name for the link and send it out to non-iPhone users.

Recipients can open the link on up-to-date Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browsers, according to Apple.


There's a simple way to get FaceTime capabilities on non-iPhone devices.
There’s a simple way to get FaceTime capabilities on non-iPhone devices. ldprod – stock.adobe.com

Like a Zoom link, all recipients need to do is join and configure their cameras to utilize this 2021 advancement released under iPhone Operating System 15.

Guests don’t have access to all the FaceTime features that iPhone users are privy to, such as screen sharing or starting a call, but they can flip or turn off their cameras and mute themselves.

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Video calls can also be scheduled in Apple’s Calendar app by clicking the plus sign in the top right corner. FaceTime links can be added there.

Those looking to have the best connection possible while FaceTiming can toggle their router’s settings to enable quality of service, which gives “VIP” WiFi treatment to a user’s device.


FaceTiming with non-iPhone users is easy thanks to this little tactic.
The simple hack involves opening the FaceTime app and tapping the “create link” option on the top left part of a user’s screen. Nattakorn – stock.adobe.com

There are many effortless hacks to optimize the iPhone experience.

One techster recently shared ways to modify your iPhone’s accessibility features to yield “unlimited” battery life on your device.

AirPods headphones also have a “game changer” feature that helps reduce background noise.

Another iPhone owner found a “secret” way their phone can help do laundry — while a fellow life hacker made a laundry list of easy, yet less known device functions.

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