For the longest time, you could only ever join FaceTme calls if you owned an Apple device like an iPhone or iPad, but it's now possible to join them on a whole array of devices — and that even includes Xbox consoles.
This is due to the recent ability for iOS users to create "Facetime Links", which can then be sent via email and picked up on the new Microsoft Edge browser for Xbox, allowing you to connect to the call. Here's a look at it in action:
So, how exactly does this work? Here are the steps you'll need to take in order to connect to a call:
- Ask your iOS friend to select "Create Link" in the FaceTime app
- Choose to send the link to an email account
- Log into that email account on the Microsoft Edge app for Xbox
- Hit the link and your FaceTime call will begin
Of course, the big thing to keep in mind here is that you're going to need a supported webcam in order to make this work. If you're still using an old Xbox One with a Kinect, you can use that. Otherwise, try plugging in a USB webcam and seeing if your Xbox will recognise it. Support for webcams is hit-and-miss — here's what Microsoft says:
"You’ll need a webcam that has a YUY2 or NV12 format to broadcast with it. Most Logitech and Microsoft LifeCam webcams have this format. If you’re not sure which format your webcam has, check with the manufacturer. For the best experience, we recommend these webcams: Microsoft LifeCam Studio, Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000, Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam, Logitech C930e Webcam."
It may not be the most practical solution for many Xbox users, but if you wanted a way to access FaceTime from your Xbox, now you've got it. If you have any further issues getting it to work, try the webcam fix below.
Have you tried joining FaceTime on your Xbox yet? Will you be using it? Tell us down in the comments.