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Screenshot FaceTime

FaceTime is software that has been developed by Apple Inc. and released for VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and video conferencing or telephony. It is available on both the Macintosh Operating System and the iOS devices. They need a support through a camera that is front-facing for the purpose of live chatting.  FaceTime was launched in September 2010 and was made available to the general public. Since then, it has become one of the most popular and extensively used video chat applications. It competes with applications such as Facebook Messenger App and Skype.

facetime iconThe video application of FaceTime supports all iOS devices that have a front-facing camera along with any Mac computer that is also equipped with a FaceTime camera. This was previously known as an iSight Camera. The audio application of FaceTime is also available on iOS devices that support iOS 7 and later versions or any Macintosh version with a front-facing camera that runs Mac OS X 10.9.2 and later versions.

As FaceTime has become extremely popular, people have found that there is an increasing need to take FaceTime screenshots. They like to preserve memorable moments and capture crucial snapshots. Businessmen like to save the visual parts of a conference or a conversation. It is, therefore, important to understand how to capture screenshots for FaceTime on your iOS and Mac devices.

I. Take Snapshot for FaceTime in Default Way

When you have the need to save screenshots of FaceTime on your Mac operating system and your computer without editing or sharing it entirely, you have to begin the FaceTime video chat facility on your system and press "Command" + "Shift" + "3" buttons at the same time to capture the screenshot on FaceTime. It will capture the entire screen. If you want to take a snapshot of a customized section on FaceTime, you have to press the `"Command" + "Shift" + "4" buttons. This technique requires no additional program or application to capture windows. However, people find that using these key combinations during the FaceTime chat does provide a hassle.

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II. Take Snapshot for FaceTime with 3rd Party Tool

There is a better way than using the default Print Screen method. It is offered by Jing for Mac. This software could be used as a handy tool for taking screenshots on FaceTime. You could also perform annotations, share the screenshots and save the files to cloud space for free. The editing options offered by this app have made it valuable when compared with the default way of taking the FaceTime snapshot.

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When the installation is complete, you can initiate the program and use FaceTime. When you want to snap the video call, you have to press the screenshot hot key or pull down the menu bar to choose "Regional Screenshot". You can click on the part you want to capture and drag it for the shot on FaceTime by releasing the mouse. You can add text or annotate. You can then save this captured screenshot to the hard drive or copy to your clipboard. You can even have it uploaded to the free cloud space that is offered by the developers.

III. Take Snapshot for FaceTime on iOS Mobile

snapshot on iosMany people like to use FaceTime on their Apple gadgets because it is a handy and practical medium. The advantage of taking screenshots of FaceTime directly on the iOS devices is further amplified when they are able to upload and share these screenshots easily from wherever they are. Saving screenshots of FaceTime using your iOS devices is simple. There is a default technique of taking a screenshot on the Apple mobile devices. You have to open FaceTime and begin chatting as usual. When required, you can generate a snapshot by pressing the "Home" and "Sleep/Wake" buttons simultaneously. There will be a clicking sound and you will observe a white flash on the screen. This indicates that your snapshot has been saved to the camera roll.

You can also do this by using the Screenshot Frame Maker for OS devices. This can automatically take the snapshots with a large variety of iOS compatible device art.  It can capture the snapshots easily and it will also allow you to edit the snapshot straight on the device. You can even export the images that are captured one at a time or in a batch. The height and maximum width of the file could be preset; every image that is uploaded to the site is resized as per your settings, automatically. Once the screenshots have been created, you can share them through photo streams, emails, DropBox, Facebook, Twitter as these options are built-in.


People who use FaceTime will be aware that it works by connecting iPhones 4 and later versions along with a fourth generation iPod Touch and iPad 2 and later versions. It also works with a Mac computer with an OS X connected to other supported devices. This article has explained ways on how screenshots could be taken on FaceTime using both Mac OS and iOS devices. You do not require heavy technical knowledge to make this happen. You can simply follow these recommended procedures to take the snapshots by either using the default techniques on both these systems or using standalone or third party apps.