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FaceTime, Apple's video chatting 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. While FaceTime works on 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, here's where to download FaceTime.

Download For iOS

FaceTime comes pre-installed with the iOS on devices that can support it (devices that, like the iPhone 4, 4th. gen iPod touch, or iPad 2, have the two cameras required to use it). If your iPhone, iPod, or iPad is running iOS 4.0 and the FaceTime app is not present, your device 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 Macs, 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 are, it will either be available in your dock or via the built-in Software Update tool.

Open the Mac App Store program and then search for FaceTime. Click the "Buy" button to purchase the FaceTime software (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. While there are a number of video chat programs for Windows, none of them are Apple's FaceTime and none work with iOS devices.
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.



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