It is without a doubt that FaceTime has made communication incredibly easier and faster. With just a few clicks, you can call anyone, no matter the location and time. As long as you have a reliable Internet connection, and of course, a device like iPhone or Mac, then you are all set.
Because of FaceTime’s simplicity and straightforward features, it has quickly become one of the most widely used applications for Mac users and families who have loved ones living overseas or are in distant places. However, its only downside is that FaceTime conversations are short-lived.
The moment you hang up, the good memories you spent are gone forever, though they still live in our minds as memories. But, how about the moments we want to look back over and over, such as the 100th birthday celebration of your grandma or the kids opening their presents on Christmas Day? Can’t you record them to have a copy you can cherish and watch at times when you’re longing for their presence?
The good news is that, even if you do not install any FaceTime recording app, you can still record FaceTime conversations and video calls on your Apple device. We will show how it’s done below. But before we do that, we will teach you the basics: how to FaceTime on Mac. After all, you can’t record anything if you don’t know how to use the app.
How to FaceTime on Mac
FaceTime adds a more personal touch to video and audio calls. To start using it, here are the steps to follow:
- Assuming you have already downloaded and installed on your Mac, start by opening the app.
- Choose whether you want to make a video or audio-based call.
- In the search bar, type in the name of the contact you want to call. Entering the email address or number will also work.
- If you want to initiate a call with the contact, simply click the Camera or Phone icon.
- Once done, hang up. That’s pretty much it.
Record FaceTime Video Calls on Mac
Recording FaceTime video calls are easier with a Mac.
- Launch the FaceTime app on your Mac.
- Launch the QuickTime app as well. Go to File > New Screen Recording. With this trick, we should be able to record the entire FaceTime video call while it is on-going on your Mac.
- In the QuickTime window, click the tiny arrow down button beside the red record button. You will be prompted to select the microphone you want to use. Choose Internal Microphone.
- You can now decide to record the whole computer screen or only some parts. But if you are putting FaceTime on full screen, it might be a great idea to record the whole screen. To do that, click anywhere on your screen. If you prefer to record a specific section only, use the mouse to create and drag a recording area. Once you release, the screen recording will commence.
- You can start using FaceTime to communicate with family members or friends.
- After your call, click the Stop button found in the menu bar.
- Once the recording is done, QuickTime will bring the recording to the foreground. Save it to your Mac. Click File -> Save.
Record FaceTime Video Calls on iPhone (with Audio)
Your iPhone already has a record screen feature. But if you use it, you will not be able to record sound. To overcome that shortcoming, there are several steps to take:
- Plug your iPhone into your Mac. Be sure it is unlocked.
- Open the QuickTime application on your Mac. Go to File -> New Movie Recording. A new window should pop up.
- Click the tiny arrow down button and be sure to select your iPhone from the Camera section. By doing that, you are signaling Quicktime to record what’s happening on your iPhone and not on your Mac.
- To start recording your FaceTime call, click the red recording button.
- If you are done with the call, click the same red button in QuickTime. The recording video should be available immediately. Save it by going to File -> Save.
Record FaceTime Video Calls on iPhone (without Audio)
If a recording component of the FaceTime video call is sufficient for you, then these are the things you have to do:
- Launch the Control Centre by swiping up from the bottom of your screen. Check if the screen recording icon is present. It is the icon with a small white circle inside a larger white circle.
- If it is not there, go to Settings > Control Centre > Customize Controls.
- Just scroll down until you see the green plus sign next to Screen Recording. Tap it.
- Navigate back to the Home screen. Open Control Centre and tap the screen recording icon. A three-second countdown will begin. After that, a red bar will show up at the top of your screen, indicating that recording is on-going.
- Start your FaceTime call.
- Once you are finished, launch Control Centre again and tap the screen recording icon for the last time. The video will be automatically saved to Photos.
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As you see, recording a FaceTime Call on your iPhone or Mac does not have to be complicated, but it requires a bit of effort from your end. Perhaps Apple does not want to record FaceTime video calls to protect user privacy. Until then, the methods we listed above should be your best solutions.