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How to Flip Your Camera and Zoom Using FaceTime


You may have used FaceTime on your Apple smartphone, tablet, or computer before, but there are features you can use during FaceTime on your iPhone and iPad that you may not even be aware of.

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Instead of turning your wrist to try to give the person another angle in video chat, try flip video right from your phone. Or if you want to give a better view of something a little further away, zooming in and out on FaceTime it’s as easy as in the camera app.

Follow these steps to flip your camera or zoom in and out FaceTime, plus I’ll show you how to bdraw bottom during your FaceTime call on some iPhones.

FaceTime on any phone

These features work on Apple’s iPhone and iPad, but not on Mac computers, since they don’t have a front or rear camera. You will need to have iOS 15 or later.

With iOS 15, you can also FaceTime with users on Android or Windows devices, as long as they have Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge installed. Someone with an iPhone or iPad must create the link and send it to the person using an Android or Windows device.

You can flip the camera while in FaceTime on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows devices.
(Kurt Knutson)

How to flip your camera in FaceTime

You can flip the camera while in FaceTime on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows devices.

If you’re on a video call and want to switch the camera from using the front camera (facing you) to the main camera, it’s easy to flip the camera. It’s great to be able to switch the view from you to another subject you’re looking at if you want to show someone on FaceTime what you’re looking at.

While the person you’re FaceTiming with may be larger on your screen, let’s focus on the smaller tile that shows your face in the corner.

  • Touch the screen above your face and you will see a small camera icon with two rounded arrows. Does it look like this:
  • Tap the small camera icon and the camera view will switch from the front camera pointing at the main camera on the iPhone or iPad. You can then point your iPhone or iPad just as you would if you were going to take a photo of what you’d like to show the person on FaceTime.
  • If you want to flip the camera to your face again, just tap the smaller tile in the corner again and tap the small camera icon once more.
If you want to flip the camera to your face again, just tap the smaller tile in the corner again and tap the small camera icon.

If you want to flip the camera to your face again, just tap the smaller tile in the corner again and tap the small camera icon.
(Kurt Knutson)

How to zoom in FaceTime

During a FaceTime call, if you have an iPhone or iPad with iOS 15 or later, you can zoom in and out with the main camera.

FaceTime calls start using the front camera, which is pointed at you (like a selfie).

  • You will first need to flip your camera using the steps above so it is not pointing at you.
  • Once the camera is flipped you will be able to zoom in and out. Now you’ll have a better view of your camera angle: use two fingers together and spread them apart on the screen to zoom in. Pinch your fingers together on the screen again to zoom out again.
  • In the other corner of the small box showing your view, tap the icon that looks like a star made of looping triangles:
  • This is the effects button, and you can access many effects (including filters and memojis) by tapping on it.
Tap the icon that looks like a star made of looping triangles.  This is the effects button, and you can access many effects (including filters and memojis) by tapping on it.

Tap the icon that looks like a star made of looping triangles. This is the effects button, and you can access many effects (including filters and memojis) by tapping on it.
(Kurt Knutson)

How to blur the background in FaceTime

On iPhone X to iPhone 14 models, you can use features like portrait mode that blurs the background.

  • Instead of pressing the buttons to flip the camera or get effects after tapping on the tile in the corner, press the icon that looks like a person in a rectangle:

If your phone has depth control, you’ll be able to use portrait mode during FaceTime.

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