iOS 15 brings a FaceTime upgrade we didn’t know we wanted – CNET

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See all of your FaceTime call participants at once in grid view, coming in iOS 15. 


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                            <p class="speakableTextP1">At Apple's <span class="link" data-track="anchorLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/wwdc-2021-how-to-watch-apple-big-ios-15-event/" data-component="linkTracker" data-link-tracker-options="{&quot;action&quot;:&quot;link_anchor&quot;}">WWDC event</a></span> on Monday, the world got a first look at the upcoming iPhone operating system&nbsp;<span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ios-15-release-date-new-features-and-everything-apple-told-us-at-wwdc/">iOS 15</a></span>, and the <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/ios-15-most-exciting-new-features-facetime-imessages-apple-wallet-get-new-tricks/">bevy of updates</a></span> it brings to Apple's popular video chat platform, <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/six-new-facetime-features-we-cant-wait-to-try-with-our-friends/">FaceTime</a></span>. Along with&nbsp;<span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-facetime-getting-spatial-audio-for-more-natural-calls/">spatial audio</a></span>, portrait mode and the ability to schedule calls in advance, and invite those with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cnet.com/how-to/new-in-ios-15-facetime-works-on-android-now-no-iphone-needed-heres-how-to-set-it-up/">Android and Windows devices to join FaceTime calls</a>&nbsp;from their browsers, Apple also finally added a grid view.&nbsp;</p><p class="speakableTextP2"><strong>Read more:&nbsp;</strong><span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/how-to/move-over-netflix-party-apples-facetime-watch-party-is-coming-how-youll-use-it/">Move over, Netflix Party. Apple's FaceTime watch party is coming. How you'll use it</a></span>

It’s simple, but it fixes an irritating FaceTime feature where people on the call appeared as random-sized tiles, which could make it hard to tell who was speaking. Now, you can choose to view others on the call in a neat grid of similarly sized squares — making FaceTime appear a bit more like Zoom. 

iOS 15 will arrive as a public beta in July, and will be publicly available to download in the fall. In the meantime, developers can download the developer beta. When you do download iOS 15, here’s how to enable grid view on your FaceTime calls, as we found in the developer beta. 

How to turn on grid view on FaceTime

1. Start or join a FaceTime call. 

2. Tap the call toolbar at the top of the screen to expand it. (This is the same for both the iPhone version and the browser version on Android or Windows.)

3. Tap the Grid Layout button on the right. If it’s on, it will turn solid white. 

That should move everyone into a nice grid view, and highlight the current speaker. 

For more, check out how to use FaceTime on Android and Windows devices, and everything else to know about iOS 15

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