Facetime and iMessage. On your latest iOS, OSX devices.
FaceTime adding contacts to iMessage and Video chat.
Apple devices come with 2 ways to contact another Apple user.
Their phone number if it’s an iPhone,
The Apple ID. The Apple ID can be used on all Apple devices.
How do you add a contact to your apple devices. There are a few ways of doing this.
If you know someone with an Apple product is trying to contact you. You both share your Apple ID and then you can do several things.
When you have each others information. In your contacts tab or icon. You click on the + sign to add a new contact. After you fill out the information and when you try to look at their information. You see 2 icons next to their number or email. One is a camera and the other is a text bubble. You can then choose to video chat or send a normal text chat to that other Apple user. I have provided a video showing the basic way of adding contacts to your Apple devices.
As long as you have the other persons information you can then FaceTime or iMessage that other person. This will only work with Apple products. This feature does not require a cell phone carrier. You just need your internet. It will work over an ethernet cable or wi-fi. It will also work at hot spots or anywhere you have access to your internet.
Consider your Apple ID your very own Apple telephone number to communicate with other Apple products.
FaceTime can also work as a voice call only feature if you are shy of being on cam. It is just a matter of going into the options and turning off the cam. The advantage of not using the cam with FaceTime is that it lets you make conference type calls with other Apple users. This is probably the only advantage using Skype.
iMessage works just like FaceTime. Instead though it uses chat or texts. You can send videos, pictures , share an abundance of things with other Apple users. An example is: You and your friends are running about recording videos and taking pictures. Everyone has different devices though. From iPad to an iTouch. iPhone and mom is at home on her macbook air. As long as you have internet either through wi fi or cellular service you can all just iMessage mom personally and send her all the information to her Macbook air.
Whats the difference between using Skype or just texting someone everything. There are a few things.
1. cellular service does not work on a majority of the iPad, iMacs,MacBooks etc. Think of your Apple ID like your very personal ID that you can give to only your closest of friends and family. Also It does not use up data from your cellular service if you are on wi-fi.
2. Some people do not want to give out their numbers for privacy reasons or their Skype account because it may be for work related reasons only. You can take any of those reasons and make them vice versa.
3. Some people just like to separate business/school and personal contacts.
4. I believe iMessage does not cap you on how big a file you can send through iMessage to other Apple users like a text message can.
Those reasons also apply to FaceTime usage. I personally use FaceTime for personal use. Another example. I use FaceTime for personal calls to my younger nieces to check up on them or for them to check in when they are out. The beauty is i can be out and about with my iPhone or ipad and still receive the FaceTime call or iMessage at a hotspot or anyplace i may be with internet. My 13-year-old niece has a iPhone 5c and in 8th grade and my younger 5-year-old niece has a little iTouch and they both can hit the little green icon and call me without hassle. Only down side is taking the time to set up their Apple ID which does not take long at all so they can be called or make calls. You can not share the same email incase some readers have a 1 family type email setup. You will not be able to call yourself. When someone does call you ALL your devices will ring. Even worst all your iCloud items will be shared through out all your devices and this is another article.
What do you think? Do you use FaceTime? Do you think it’s better or worst than Skype? Let me know what you think. Facetime and iMessage. On your iOS, OSX devices.
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