8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 8, 2010 7:32 PM by nrod80
Dudley Warner Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)
I have an iPhone 4 and have set up FaceTime successfully on my iMac. I have tried to call my iMac using FaceTime and have tried to call my iPhone 4 from my iMac using FaceTime, but have not been able to make it work in either direction. Is it possible to call your own account? I would appreciate help in getting this resolved.

Thanks -

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  • 1. Re: FaceTime on a Mac
    Kerrse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes you can call yourself, my only moan about it is if your computer is in sleep mode when you call it or some one else does it doesn't wake the computer up maybe a feature they should add.
  • 2. Re: FaceTime on a Mac
    Dudley Warner Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)
    What happens when I try to call from my iMac is that it says my number for my iPhone is not available. When I try to call from my iPhone, there is no icon at my email address that indicates my iMac can accept the call. Any ideas?

    Thanks -
  • 3. Re: FaceTime on a Mac
    EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,390 points)
    Dudley Warner wrote:
    ... Is it possible to call your own account? ...


    To connect two devices, each must have its own unique ID.





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  • 4. Re: FaceTime on a Mac
    yeysus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi. I think EZ Jim is right. In a different setting, iMac + iPod, I could not call myself (admin) in either direction, nor could my daughter (parental-controlled account), however it worked (in both directions) when the caller had a different ID from the receiver. If you find a way to do it I would be interested in to know how.
  • 5. Re: FaceTime on a Mac
    EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,390 points)
    yeysus wrote:
    Hi. I think EZ Jim is right...


    Thanks, yeysus!

    In the same way one cannot call the bedroom telephone from the same number in the kitchen...


    Message was edited by: EZ Jim


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  • 6. Re: FaceTime on a Mac
    Dudley Warner Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)
    EZ Jim & yeysus -

    Thanks for the responses. This makes sense. I am not sure how to give them different ID's and I don't think I want to just to be able to call myself to test FaceTime.
  • 7. Re: FaceTime on a Mac
    EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,390 points)
    Dudley Warner wrote:
    EZ Jim & yeysus -

    Thanks for the responses. This makes sense.


    You're welcome.



    I am not sure how to give them different ID's ...


    Because every iPhone is given a unique (phone number) iD at activation, you can give different IDs only to iPods touch and Macs.

    I created new free email addresses from AOL, Yahoo, GMail, etc.

    Once created, use one of them as the unique FaceTime iD for each device. For help:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4319

    You may want to create more than one additional email addresses.

    FaceTime allows any email address to be associate an only ONE iD. Therefore, if you have already used your favorite email address with another FaceTime iD, you may need to use a different email as your "contact" identifier.

    Privacy concerns may give you yet another possible reason for using more than one additional email address with FaceTime. In this case, you can associate an extra email address with the iD you have used to activate FaceTime in order to prevent others from seeing your Apple iD.



    ... and I don't think I want to just to be able to call myself to test FaceTime.


    I can read this statement two ways:

    (1) If you are having difficulty testing, you can test with me if you like. Click my name at left to find my FaceTime contact info. I only use the email address there for FaceTime, so there is no need to send email. Simply get my FaceTime contact info and call when you want to test FaceTime. Best time to test with me is 14:00 GMT - 03:00 GMT. I answer test calls whenever I am available, so try later if I miss you.

    (2) Perhaps you are trying to configure your system so you can make or receive FaceTime invitations on either your iPhone or your Mac. The current software will not allow you to do that because FaceTime for Mac can ONLY have an email FaceTime contact. iPhone can can ONLY have an iPhone number FaceTime as its contact identifier.

    However, if you used the same FaceTime iD and contact email identifier on both your Mac and an iPod touch, you could make or receive invitations from either device because both of them use email addresses as their FaceTime contact identifiers.





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  • 8. Re: FaceTime on a Mac
    nrod80 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having the exact same problem, and nothing I try seems to work. Also, whenever I try to call my IP4, it says 'nicks cell is not available for facetime', even though my phone has never had a problem from iphone to iphone facetime... any suggestions?