All the Apple device users must be aware of the video calling app called FaceTime. No matter how much Apple claims it to be an open-source app, it is still accessible to only iPhone, iPad, MacOS users, and these users can video call to other iDevice users. One can also do Group FaceTime with up to 32 people at a time, using the FaceTime app, but the users will need iOS 12.1.4 or higher. You can begin Group FaceTime from the FaceTime app and iPhone Messenger app as well.

This is how you can start a Group FaceTime from FaceTime:

  1. From the Settings of your device, go to FaceTime and switch on your FaceTime.
  2. Go to FaceTime app and click on the add (+) button given on the top-right corner of your screen.
  3. Enter the username, Email IDs or phone numbers you want to add for a group video call.
  4. After setting things up, tap on the audio or video icon to begin your call.

Begin Group FaceTime from Messenger app:

  1. Open the Messages app and create a group conversation adding all the people you want to start the group video call with or just go to the existing group.
  2. Tap on the group name given at the top and click on the FaceTime icon to begin.

But one drawback to FaceTime is that it enlarges the window of the speaker on the call, which means that despite having other participants in the group, you will not be able to see other participants. The window size keeps floating and resizing itself. But this issue is now resolved in the latest versions of iOS, MacOS and iPadOS. Here is how you can tweak the settings in different iOS devices. 

On MacOS

Firstly, make sure that your Mac is running on Catalina 10.15.5 and then follow these steps:

  1. On the bottom left corner of the menu bar below, click on the Apple icon.
  2. Tap on System Preferences and click on Software Update.
  3. Update the software, if available.

After the software update, let’s move on to tweaking settings for the resizing issue. 

  1. Go to FaceTime and on the left side of the screen on the menu bar, click on ‘FaceTime.’
  2. Press Command (⌘ ) key or click on Preferences.
  3. A pop-up window will appear on-screen. Uncheck the box for Speaking given below the Automatic Prominence. 

On iPhone and iPad

To begin with the procedure, make sure that you’ve updated the software. If not, then follow these steps:

  1. Update the FaceTime app and go to Settings.
  2. Tap on General and click on Software Update.
  3. Update the software, if available.

Your software is now updated and now make sure that the device is running on iOS 13.5 or iPadOS 13.5. Follow these steps to tweak settings:

  1. Go to Settings and tap on FaceTime.
  2. Go to Automatic Prominence and switch off the toggle for Speaking.

Despite tweaking the settings, the corners of the windows will overlap each other. Apart from these features, you can double-click on the window screen of anyone to zoom or maximize them, and the rest of the screen will grey out, but it will not tweak anything on anyone else’s window.

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