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    Facetime - hopefully not terminally stupid
    Here's the deal. I'd like to be able to Facetime from my MacBook Pro to my wife, who is currently isolated in a skilled nursing facility nearby due to the Coronavirus. She has "my" iPad, registered to me and uses her AOL account for email on it. Wife's cellphone isn't smart, so that's out. An aide showed her how to call ME on Facetime, using the iPad, but it came to my iPhone. it worked perfectly but I'm on a measured rate plan and would rather have Facetime discussions over my laptop. Screen is way bigger too. Can my laptop Facetime with my iPad even if miles apart?

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    Facetime - hopefully not terminally stupid
    ferrarr's Avatar
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    May 21, 2012
    Pawtucket, RI, U.S.A.
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    As long as they are both on the internet, either Wi-Fi or cellular, it should work. You need to open FaceTime on your Mac, and confirm your email address and/or iPhone number are assigned in FaceTime Preferences. You may also need to enable "Calls on other Devices" in your iPhones Settings.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Wow thanks! I turned off Facetime on my phone and then on the laptop called ME on Facetime and apparently it rang on the iPad .. and my wife answered about as surprised as I was! We had a chat and hope it will happen the same tomorrow. You guys are the greatest!

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    Facetime - hopefully not terminally stupid
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    Jun 12, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
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    2015 MacBook Pro Retina 13" macOSX 10.15.1
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    Nothing like helping people in a time of need. Well done Bob.
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    Facetime - hopefully not terminally stupid
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    Nov 16, 2009
    North Louisiana, USA
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    2.8 GHz 2008 MacBook Pro 10.11, 8 GB mem, iPhone XS, 2015 iMac 16 GB 10.15.5 beta
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    Now that things are working you might find Handoff useful. It would allow you to start a conversation on one device and move to another f it is more convenient. So you could, for example, start the conversation on the iPhone and move to theMac when convenient.
    “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”
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    Facetime - hopefully not terminally stupid
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    Jan 23, 2009
    Born in Scotland, Worked in Scotland then England, Now live in Wales
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    iMac 5K Retina 27", August 2019, 3.6GHz Intel Core i9, Memory 32GB, 2TB SSD, macOS Mojave 10.14.6
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    Following up on the Handoff suggestion by our Moderator, this Link may help - oops, I now see that Sly has included a link which I missed.

    Well anyway, here's another from Apple: Pick up where you left off with Handoff on Mac - Apple Support


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