FaceTime has proved to be an extremely popular iOS feature, with thousands of users worldwide. However, up until now, it has only been possible to use it for video calls. iOS 7 has changed that, adding in the ability to make audio calls without having to use your video. This reduces the amount of bandwidth used and pushes the feature closer to other VoIP services such as Viber and Skype.
Here’s how to use FaceTime for Audio-only calls:
- Open up FaceTime on your iOS device
- Tap Contacts and locate the person you want to call using FaceTime
- Tap on the name of the contact and then navigate to the FaceTime field
- You will see 2 icons – one for video calls and one for phone calls
- Tap the Phone call icon and you will be able to make an audio-only call without switching on your video
If you do decide to turn on your video camera while you are making an audio call, all you need to do is tap the FaceTime icon during the call – you will find this button located in the all interface.
You can turn the microphone off, turn on the eternal speaker and navigate through your contacts as well, while you are in a call. In iMessage you will see a FaceTime Audio call located at the top of a conversation, allowing you to start a call from iMessage.
Until now, if you wanted to make an audio-only call using the internet you would have had to log in to Viber or Skype. FaceTime has just provided us with yet another option, giving it a welcome boost and making it difficult for other apps to replace it.
For those that have chosen not to download the iOS 7 betas, this feature will be available when the full version is released in the Fall.