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Set settings correctly: FaceTime Audio on Mac & iPhone

With the OS X update to version 10.9.2 of the Mac operating system, which was issued overnight, Apple not only fixed the serious SSL security gap; The system update provides the Cupertinos desktop computers for the first time with the ability to set up and receive calls via FaceTime Audio directly from the computer.

FaceTime Audio uses the same protocols as Apple's video chat Facetime, but is limited to the transmission of the voice channel and dispenses with the live image.

Last summer, we focused on the call quality of FaceTime and determined a data consumption of around 1MB per 120 seconds.

Like iMessage and FaceTime, FaceTime Audio also requires an existing Apple ID to establish calls and can establish new calls to both email addresses and phone numbers. Depending on which contact option you have saved in the iOS and OS X system settings.

We recommend that iPhone users use a telephone number and remove their own email addresses from the contact profile.

Two good reasons

The concentration of personal availability in the Apple services iMessage, FaceTime and FaceTime Audio has two significant advantages.

On the one hand, by deactivating the e-mail address, the creation of duplicate conversations can be counteracted.

SMS that other iPhone users send to your number automatically end up as an iMessage on your own device. If you should now also rely on an e-mail address for sending messages, duplicate chat processes will quickly arise.

The waiver of additional e-mail addresses also saves your friends from asking under which contact details you can be reached for which service.

In our experience, Apple's services are not only easier to use, but are also used much more frequently if only one number is saved for new iMessages, new FaceTime calls (with and without video), new calls and new SMS got to.

Here you set the settings:

On the Mac you determine your availability in the settings of the message application in the sub-item "Accounts". In the Facetime application, this is done in the settings on the right in the window.


The Settings app will help you on the iPhone. Both "Messages" and "FaceTime" have their own menus in which you can set how you can be reached for both services and under which abbreviations new conversations should be started.

If only your own cell phone number is active here, everyday messaging becomes a lot more comfortable. Promised.