Last Updated: April 24, 2014
FaceTime, Apple's video chatting and calling technology that was introduced on the iPhone 4, is one of the most sought-after software packages these days. There's just something about the idea of being able to see the person you're talking to when making a call, not just hear them, that excites people (that and the new FaceTime Audio feature that lets you make calls without using your monthly minutes).
While FaceTime works on many more devices than just the iPhone 4 these days, not all of them come with it pre-installed. If you're using one of those devices, or not sure whether yours has it, here's where you can download FaceTime.
Download For iOS
FaceTime comes pre-installed with the iOS on devices that can support it (that being any iOS device with a user-facing camera, since that's required). Any iOS device running iOS 5.0 and higher has FaceTime automatically installed. If your iPhone, iPod, or iPad is running iOS 4.0 (the minimum required) and the FaceTime app is not present, your device can't use it. Apple hides the app on devices that can't use it.
FaceTime is not available as a standalone download from the App Store.
Download For Mac OS
While FaceTime doesn't come pre-installed on all Macs (it does on new models and new versions of the Mac OS), there is a desktop FaceTime program you can download from the Mac App Store. To use the Mac App Store, you must be running Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. If you have that OS, the Mac App Store is available in either your dock or via the built-in Software Update tool.
Open the Mac App Store and then search for FaceTime. Click the Buy button to purchase the FaceTime software using your Apple ID (as of this writing, it's US$0.99) and install it on your Mac. Alternatively, you can follow this link directly to FaceTime at the Mac App Store.
With the desktop version of FaceTime, you can make FaceTime calls to other Macs running the software, as well as iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running it.
Download For Windows?
Unfortunately for Windows users, the news isn't so good. Right now, there's no official FaceTime client for Windows. In fact, there aren't even any third-party, FaceTime-compatible apps. While there are a number of video chat programs for Windows, none of them are Apple's FaceTime, so you won't be able to call someone using an iPhone or iPad from them.
Learn more about your options besides FaceTime for video chatting on Windows.
Download For Other Devices?
Like Windows users, if you use another desktop or mobile operating system (e.g., Android or Windows Mobile), there's no way to make official FaceTime calls. There are a number of other video chatting apps for these platforms, but none are Apple's FaceTime, nor do they work with FaceTime. If you want to have video calls with people on other platforms, the best thing to do is for everyone to get the same third-party video chat app and use it to communicate.
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