How to Make FaceTime Calls on an Apple TV

We have not gone mad. It is possible to make a video call through FaceTime on a television, although obviously you need to meet some basic requirements such as having an iPhone, iPad or Mac and also having an Apple TV or a certain television. In this post we tell you all about it so that you can get a new experience for your virtual meetings on the big screen.

What is needed?

The video call will be made through FaceTime, the service that Apple offers exclusively for its devices. For this reason, you will need an iPhone, iPad or Mac. In addition to having this application integrated, they also have an integrated camera that will allow your interlocutors to see you. Of course, you must have activated this service through the settings.

 Make FaceTime Calls on an Apple TV

To configure FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad, if you have not previously done so, you must go to Settings> FaceTime and activate the tab named FaceTime, worth the redundancy. On a Mac, you must be logged in with your Apple ID and if you did not, simply open the application itself to ask for your credentials. Of course, keep in mind that a Mac mini or Mac Pro does not have an integrated camera, so you must have one connected.

FaceTime Apple TV

The other requirement that is needed is to have a fourth or fifth generation Apple TV . In other words, HD or 4K. It will have to be correctly configured on the television you want to use for video calls. If you do not have this device, it would be enough to have a Smart TV compatible with AirPlay 2. In the latter case, you will not need to configure anything on television, but on Apple TV you will have to be logged in with your Apple ID and also have the device to the same WiFi network as the iPhone, iPad or Mac you are going to use.

Make FaceTime with an Apple TV or a Smart TV

The process for making such a video call on television is straightforward. Obviously neither your Apple TV nor your TV have a camera and therefore you will not make the call natively and this is where the iPhone, iPad or Mac comes in. These really what they will do is share their screen with television, in such a way that what you see in these will be what you see on the big screen. Therefore you should bear in mind that the people who are watching you will be through the other device, so you have to try to focus well at all times even if you are watching TV.

To do the FaceTime through an iPhone or iPad you must follow these steps:

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  • Open the Control Center.
  • Tap the Duplicate screen option .
  • Select the Apple TV or television with AirPlay 2 where you will play the video call.
  • Open FaceTime .
  • Find and call the contact you want to make the video call with.

If you are going to do FaceTime through a Mac you must follow these steps:

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  • Go to the toolbar at the top and click on the AirPlay icon.
  • Press on Apple TV or television with AirPlay 2 where you will play the video call.
  • Press the AirPlay icon again.
  • Select the Duplicate Screen option .
  • Open FaceTime .
  • Find and call the contact you want to make the video call with.

Keep in mind that, regardless of what device you are using, you must end the option to share the screen once you have finished the video call. The steps to follow are the same as for activation. In this way you can make calls more comfortably through your television, also using the speakers of this to listen to your interlocutors, although if you have connected headphones to your iPhone, iPad or Mac you can listen to them with them.