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    Home Forums AskWoody support Questions: Browsers and desktop software Facetime for Windows 8.1

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      • #1984912 Reply
        MrJimPhelps
        AskWoody_MVP

        Can anyone recommend a good Facetime for Windows 8.1 option? I have heard that I first need to install an Android emulator, then Facetime. I wonder if there is a more straightforward way than this.

        I would appreciate any info anyone could share along these lines.

        Jim

        Group "L" (Linux Mint)
        with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
      • #1996837 Reply
        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        Jim, there’s no Facetime for Android AFAIK.

        Sorry… but it’s wholly proprietary to Apple’s iOS/macOS systems.

        Hope this helps…

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      • #1996902 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Can anyone recommend a good Facetime for Windows 8.1 option? I have heard that I first need to install an Android emulator, then Facetime. I wonder if there is a more straightforward way than this.

        I would appreciate any info anyone could share along these lines.

        Jim

        What’s wrong with current software like Skype, WhatsApp…

        • #1996927 Reply
          Rick Corbett
          AskWoody_MVP

          Umm… not what the OP asked for.

        • #2008273 Reply
          MrJimPhelps
          AskWoody_MVP

          What’s wrong with current software like Skype, WhatsApp…

          The problem is, my 12 year old is always using her mother’s iPhone to do Facetime with her friends, and my wife wants her iPhone back. If we could move all of the Facetime activities to the Windows 8.1 laptop, my wife would get her iPhone back.

          Group "L" (Linux Mint)
          with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
      • #1996909 Reply
        mn–
        AskWoody Lounger

        … right. Not only do you need an Apple device to run it on, you also need to have an Apple ID.

        It’s technically possible install MacOS in a VM and run Facetime in that. It’s just, legally, this is only allowed if the underlying hardware is a Mac.

        • #1996922 Reply
          Microfix
          AskWoody MVP

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackintosh
          Tried this on a certain model of Gigabyte mobo years ago..went to linux very soon after

          Win8.1 Pro | Linux Hybrids | Win7 Pro O/L | WinXP O/L
          • #1998459 Reply
            mn–
            AskWoody Lounger

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackintosh
            Tried this on a certain model of Gigabyte mobo years ago..went to linux very soon after

            Exactly. Note especially,

            Apple’s software license for macOS only permits the software’s use on computers that are “Apple-branded.”[4]

            So. As I understand this, to run Facetime on Windows 8.1 legally you need,

            1) Intel-based Mac hardware. Can be used. Market pricing
            2) Windows 8.1 license. Either retail, or volume/subscription with downgrade rights.
            3) Installing Windows 8.1 on the Mac hardware. Might be a bit of a bother to install, depending.
            4) A VM host component in Windows 8.1. Easily available.
            5) A Hackintosh VM guest. Just a bit of work.
            6) Actually installing MacOS in the VM and making it work. This part might be a significant amount of work, depending.
            7) Valid Apple ID and ability to install applications from Apple’s store …

            And that’s not going into making the camera work in it.

            I don’t think I’d bother.

      • #2056218 Reply
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        You need an Apple device. The iPod Touch and all iPad models offer the ability to use FaceTime, so she could use an iPod Touch or a low-cost iPad to pull it off, plus it would also give her access to Apple iMessage and any other Apple-only services she’d ever need to access.

        Nathan Parker

        • #2089143 Reply
          MrJimPhelps
          AskWoody_MVP

          We ended up getting her an iPhone for Christmas, so she now has Facetime!

          Group "L" (Linux Mint)
          with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
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