In iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, Apple has released new video effects for FaceTime calls that enhance your video with visual effects. You can simply give a sign, and a pop-up with visual graphics appears with just a hand gesture.
When I was in my hostel, hours away from home, and my mom video called me, I was talking with my mom and dad. Suddenly, when I gave a thumbs-up sign, an effect appeared. I was shocked at how it monitored my reaction and applied an effect.
When I researched it, I found out this is a new reaction feature in iOS 17 that many of us don’t know about. So, after gathering all the details and information, I’ve put together a comprehensive guide and will let you know how to use it.
iPhones running iOS 17 and iPads running iPadOS 17 have this exciting feature. When you’re on a video call on FaceTime or in a WhatsApp video call, you can trigger these layered screen effects with a long press of your picture in FaceTime. This brings up a menu of reaction options. You simply give a hand gesture, like a heart or thumbs up, and the screen will automatically apply the effect corresponding to your gesture.
List of New FaceTime Effects in iOS 17
- Stormy rain
- Laser beams
Physical Gestures to Trigger Effects in FaceTime on iOS 17
- Heart – Heart emoji
- Thumbs up – Thumbs up emoji
- Two thumbs up – Fireworks
- Single thumbs down – Thumbs down emoji
- Two thumbs down – Cloud
- Peace sign with one hand – Balloons
- Peace sign with two hands – Confetti
- “Rock on” sign with two hands – Laser
How to use FaceTime Reactions on Mac
If you are using a Mac running with the latest update, you have to do the same, and the effect will work the same.
“When using FaceTime on a Mac with Apple silicon or your iPhone as a webcam, reactions are available. Tip: For gestures, keep your hands distant from your face and wait briefly to trigger the effect.