Can I choose which camera facetime uses?

iOS & iPadOS

Is there such thing as a rear facing facetime? Or can you select which camera facetime uses?

Basically it would be a BeMyEyes except that you select whom to call for help from.

I know I could use facetime as is, but worry that the lower resolution of the front facing camera might introduce problems when you need the person you called to read something.

There are times where I'd like to use something like BeMyEyes, but won't because what I need help with I'd rather ask of someone I know and trust, rather than a total stranger.



Submitted by Nathan Stocking on Friday, February 10, 2017

Yes, it is possible to decide what camera is in use. I'm rather confused, however, because facetime uses the front-facing camera by default. It is oriented such that a sighted person can see the screen and have their face at the camera simultaneously. In order to use the rear-facing camera, which is the camera with the higher resolution, click the element on the screen that identifies the camera. This allows you to switch the camera.

Submitted by Saqib on Friday, February 10, 2017

That is strange as the whole purpose of FaceTime is so you can chat face to face. I didn't know you could switch camera to back facing camera as this could be useful when out and about.


What are you confused about? I thought the explanation I gave in my original message was clear enough.

I ran into a a situation this past week where I needed sighted help but was unwilling to share the topic with a complete stranger as I would have had I used BeMyEyes or BeSpecular or any of the other similar apps.

My dad has an iPhone and if I can call him with face time but use the rear facing camera for its resolution, that would be perfect.

Submitted by Nathan Stocking on Friday, February 10, 2017

Your question addresses your wish to use the front-facing camera for facetime. This is the default camera and is already used. To clarify, the front-facing camera is the one that points toward your face. You also called this camera the higher resolution one, whereas it is the rear-facing camera that has the higher resolution. The question you seemed to be asking makes the most sense if you are asking about switching to the rear-facing camera, but you requested the other one. Therefore, I don't know if you want to use the rear-facing camera (the one that points away from you and into the world) or the front-facing one (the one pointed at you). That's why I'm confused.

Submitted by Orko on Friday, February 10, 2017

Apologies to all, I got the cameras confused and have corrected the original message.

Thanks to Nathan for pointing out this mistake.