Can You Use FaceTime on Windows?

Apple’s Facetime video calling is perhaps one of their most used features. It lets people with iPhones, iPads, and Macs make easy video calls to one another. You can’t make Facetime calls from Windows, but there are several other ways to make video calls—even to iPhone users.

No, there is no Facetime on Windows, and there’s not likely to be anytime soon. Facetime is a proprietary standard, and just isn’t available outside the Apple ecosystem. So, if you were hoping to use Facetime to call your mom’s iPhone from your Windows PC, you’re out of luck. However, there several great video calling alternatives that do work on Windows.

Here are several that are available on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS, so you can get some face time with almost anyone. A couple are even available for Linux.

  • Skype: Owned by Microsoft, Skype was one of the first video call apps to become mainstream. Since then, it’s only gotten better. Skype is available for Windows, macOS, iOS, Linux, and Android.
  • Hangouts: Google Hangouts not only lets you make video calls, you can have a full-on video conference with multiple people. There are dedicated Hangout apps for iOS and Android, and it’s available to all desktop users via their web browser.
  • Facebook Messenger: Did you know that you can make video calls using Facebook Messenger? You can, and you can use the feature on pretty much any operating system. There are dedicated Messenger apps for iOS and Android, but you can also use Messenger right in your desktop web browser to make video calls from Windows, macOS, or Linux.
  • Viber: Viber is a feature-rich app that you can use for video calls and a variety of other purposes. It has millions of users worldwide and is available for a variety of platforms like iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux.

And yes, you’ll need to take the extra step of making sure that the people you want to call have the right app installed. But once that’s done, you’ll be able to place video calls to just about anybody. It doesn’t matter if they use Windows, iOS, Android, macOS, or even Linux.

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Yuvraj Wadhwani is a contributor to How-To Geek.