If you are new to the Apple environment or simply want to get the most out of tools like FaceTime, you should know that group calls have been integrated since iOS 12 . A very interesting functionality in order to meet virtually with family, friends or class/work colleagues.
But how many people can join a FaceTime call? 32 participants counting you. Obviously, calls with a smaller number of people are allowed, with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 32. Once you know this, and especially if you never did, we will explain something more about this functionality.
Useful tips for managing group calls
Whether for FaceTime voice calls or classic video calls, the way to add participants from your iPhone is extremely simple, with these options:
- Open Facetime, tap on “New FaceTime” and start adding participants by their Apple ID (phone number or email).
- Open the FaceTime app, click on “Create link” and choose the method by which you want to share it with the rest of the participants.
- Create an iMessage group with all the participants, and then from your options, choose to make a FaceTime video call to the entire group.
It should be noted that the method of creating links is valid from iOS 15 and not in previous versions. It is very useful because it allows you to use FaceTime on Android and Windows , since it does not require the need to have an Apple device. Although, yes, they will not be able to create the call as such, since they access via the web.
To remove participants from the call there are two options, the first is that they are the ones who hang up and the second is that you or another participant is the one who removes them. To do this, you just have to click on the participant and the option to remove them from the call will appear.
Negative consequences of these calls
Years ago the controversy surrounding FaceTime jumped due to a problematic security hole that allowed that when making these calls, even if the call was not accepted, the rest of the interlocutors could see and hear you. Apple apologized and thankfully it was quickly resolved. Nowadays it is a safe and private method of having video and voice calls, but it has some inherent negative aspects.
The most striking is the battery consumption. Already a video call between two people usually consumes a lot, but when it comes to a group call this increases considerably. And to take into account is also the consumption of mobile data , something to take into account if you do not have the possibility of using WiFi.