A new feature in tvOS 17 and iOS 17 brings FaceTime video to Apple TV 4K. Here’s how to install it and how it works.
FaceTime has been limited to devices with cameras since its inception. However, with advancements in features like continuity cameras, this is no longer the case.
Specifically, users with an iPhone with iOS 17 and a second-generation Apple TV 4K with tvOS 17 can participate in FaceTime calls on the biggest screens in their homes. Like other features of its kind, Apple makes this process incredibly simple.
After updating the Apple TV 4K to tvOS 17, the FaceTime app will appear in the newly added sixth column in the top row. Clicking this icon will open the app and begin the Continuity camera pairing process.
FaceTime will appear as an app in the new sixth column
Nearby users on the same WiFi network will appear in a list. The user’s iPhone or iPad will need to be on iOS 17 or iPadOS 17 to be used as a FaceTime camera.
Select the desired user from the list
After selecting a user, a prompt will appear on that user’s device. Tapping this prompt will access their device’s camera and show them a tutorial on mounting the iPhone or iPad.
A prompt will appear on the user’s iPhone
If this is a feature that will be in regular use, we recommend getting a dedicated MagSafe mount for your iPhone to place under the TV. The Carmus Magnetic Mount attaches to our Glass TV Stand with some adhesive and folds up when not in use.
However, any stand that can hold the iPhone upright and be adjusted for the proper viewing angle should work fine.
Now that the iPhone is connected and set up, it’s time to make a FaceTime call. Note that the recipient does not need to be on iOS 17 to accept the call.
A recent list is shown on the left side of the display. Selecting one of those will immediately start a FaceTime call, or selecting Plus will open the user’s contact list.
Select a person to call via FaceTime
It is possible to select multiple people before making a call.
During a FaceTime call on Apple TV, simple controls are available. A toggle for Center Stage, a toggle for Portrait mode, and a toggle for gesture reactions.
That’s everything you need to know about making FaceTime calls on Apple TV. Continuity Camera makes this a simple feature and works with most modern Apple devices.