“The more, the merrier!” This quote would best describe the notion of having a conference or group call on a phone. Needless to say, it’s more fun to have a group conversation. Seeing the increasing number of smartphone users who would prefer to have more than just a one-on-one phone call conversation, manufacturers ensure that they would have that specific feature embedded into their next flagship devices. And so, conference calling was introduced.
Most, if not all, of the highest-tiered smartphones these days have conference/group call among the key features offered. There may be some slight variations on how the feature is called but it serves the same purpose, and that is to make a conference or group call possible. Apple’s newest flagship smartphones, particularly the iPhone XS also sports the same conference calling feature, which can be carried out in different methods.
If you’re new to the iOS platform and with iPhone XS as your very first iOS device, then this context will help you get started in making your first iOS conference call experience easier and successful. Read on to learn more about how a conference call works in iOS 12 and how it’s done on your iPhone XS.
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Standard way to make a conference call or group call on iPhone XS (iOS 12)
The following steps demonstrates how to start a conference call using the built-in Phone/Dialer application on your iPhone XS. Follow these steps to make a conference call with your peers with iOS 12:
- Start by placing a call on your preferred contact.
- Then, tap the option to Add Call from the in-call menu. The first call will be put on hold while you dial the second number.
- Once the other person answers the call, you can tap the option to Merge Calls. This will trigger everyone to connect and that instigates a three-way call.
- To add other people to the conference or group call, just tap the Add Call option from the in-call menu, and then follow the rest of the prior instructions.
There are also other ways to make a conference call or group call on your iPhone XS. With the recent updates, iPhone users can now make a conference call through Messages, Group FaceTime or third-party apps like Facebook Messenger and Skype, to name some.
How to make a conference call on iPhone XS through FaceTime
Apple’s recently rolled out iOS 12 platform offers a lot of new and enhanced features. One of these is the Group FaceTime call. As the name implies, it allows you to make a group audio and video FaceTime calls for up to 32 participants at once. Here’s how to make a group FaceTime call using your iPhone XS FaceTime app:
- Launch FaceTime app on your iPhone.
- Tap the Plus (+) icon on the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Enter the name or contact number of the person you want to call.
- Then add more contacts by entering their names or phone numbers. You can add up to 30 more contacts.
- To start or place your FaceTime call, tap Video if you prefer video calling. Otherwise, tap Audio.
How to make a conference/group FaceTime call on iPhone XS through Messages app
With iOS 12, you can now use FaceTime through the stock Messages app on your iPhone XS. An integrated FaceTime into the Messages app is just one of the new features of the recently rolled out iOS platform. This integration therefore allows you to place a group FaceTime call to any members of your group iMessage thread. Here’s how it works:
- Launch the Messages app on your iPhone XS.
- Then tap to select an existing group conversation or start a new one instead.
- To add more contacts, tap the Avatars or Profile photo of the conversation participants. You can see these avatars on the upper-center of the screen.
- Then tap on FaceTime.
To start a conference/group call using third-party applications like Messenger and Skype, all you have to do is open the app and then select the contacts you want to include in your group conversations through either video or audio chatting.
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