Although it can be hard to remember at this point, Apple’s overwhelmingly popular FaceTime feature for iPhones didn’t actually support group calls when it originally launched in 2011.
FaceTime was notable because it allowed video communication between iPhones, iPads and even Macs… but it was limited to two people for much of its existence.
Only years later, in 2018, did Apple add audio and video group support to the technology. Since iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, up to 32 different people can have a conversation at the same time.
But what a lot of people don’t realize is that setting up these calls doesn’t have to require a lot of steps. In fact, it doesn’t have to require you to do much of anything at all.
It is entirely possible to set up group FaceTime calls in iOS 14.5 using only Siri and your voice. You just have to keep a few key things in mind while you do it.
Starting Group FaceTime Calls With Siri
First, if you haven’t already updated your iPhone to the latest version of iOS, you’ll want to do so before you proceed.
You need to be on at least iOS 14.5 or newer. You can do this by going to the “Settings” app and using the “Software Update” feature.
Then, you’ll want to start a three-way FaceTime call using Siri.
All you have to do is say some variation of the phrase “Hey Siri, make a FaceTime call to [the first person you want to call] and [the second person you want to call].”
Use their real names instead of those placeholder phrases. If there are more than two people you want to call at the same time, you can include their names, too. So you may end up with a command like:
“Hey Siri, make a FaceTime call to Mark, Dan and Adam.”
Note that if you already have a group set up with specific people in it in the “Messages” app, you can also use it to begin the Group FaceTime call. Just say “Hey Siri, make a FaceTime call to [the name of the group]” and your call will begin momentarily. Every contact in that group will be included.
Finally, you can also specify whether you want a regular FaceTime call or an audio only call. To call with just audio, simply say “Hey Siri, start a FaceTime audio call to…” when using the commands above.
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