iPhone and iPad users now can now make group FaceTime video chats, thanks to a new iOS update released on Tuesday.
The group video calling feature is a highly anticipated addition to Apple devices. FaceTime now supports video chats with up to 32 participants, as well as the use of stickers, face and lens filters, and Animoji.
The tech company revealed Group FaceTime at its annual developer’s conference in June, but ended up pushing back the release from its initially scheduled date.
Not to mention that the ability to group video chat has been available for years via apps like Google Hangouts and Skype, and more recently through Snapchat and WhatsApp.
Unfortunately, group video calling is only fully available on devices that are an iPhone 6s or later, iPad Pro or later, iPad Air 2, or iPad Mini 4.
If you have an earlier model of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you can still join, but as an audio-only participant.
You’ll want to make sure your device is updated to the latest version of iOS, because you won’t be able to start a group video chat with anyone whose hasn’t.
You can check if you have iOS 12.1 by going to Settings>General>Software Update.