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How To Invert the Camera on FaceTime Quickly

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With the increase in iOS users, a lot of people on different forums are enquiring about its apps and features. FaceTime is one such incredible app offered to iOS users. However, you may face have trouble switching between the front and rear camera while communicating with your callers on the app.

Quick Answer

You can invert the camera on FaceTime through the menu bar, picture-in-picture, or via the tile option.

After receiving a video call, the switch camera button on FaceTime disappears. However, it doesn’t go anywhere and moves in different app options or locations.

This guide will cover all the methods that can help you invert the camera on FaceTime. You no longer need to look for the switch button everywhere while on a call. So, keep on reading and discover our step-by-step solutions.

Is There a Difference Between Inverting and Flipping FaceTime Camera?

Most users get confused between inverting or flipping on FaceTime. In reality,  both terms are primarily the same, with the only difference in their context. If you are concerned with the camera’s position, flip/invert means switching between the front and rear camera.

On the contrary, if your concern is image mirroring during FaceTime, invert/flip would mean image mirroring or flipping. Hopefully, you won’t be scratching your head to distinguish between these two terms.

Inverting Camera on FaceTime

Inverting the iPhone camera on FaceTime is quite a straightforward process and does not require a lot of technical knowledge. However, our step-by-step instructions will save you time and help you go through the inverting/flipping process with ease.

So without any delay, let’s move straight to the three methods for inverting the camera on FaceTime.

Method #1: Invert Camera Using Menu Bar

One of the most common methods to invert your camera on FaceTime is from the menu bar. Before, when iPhone users used FaceTime, the flip icon was right there for them to switch their phone cameras easily. Now, it gets hidden in the menu bar. 

Follow these steps if you want to dig the option out in the menu bar:

  1. While using FaceTime, tap anywhere on your screen.
  2. You will see a menu bar appearing at the bottom.
  3. On the menu bar, a couple of icons should appear.
  4. Find the “Flip” icon and tap it.

Your camera will now be switched to the rear camera position.


Repeat the procedure above to flip the phone camera back to the front camera position.

Method #2: Flip Camera from Picture-in-Picture

Another method to invert the phone camera on FaceTime is to flip it from the picture-in-picture screen while communicating. To do this task, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Tap on the main screen appearing before you.
  2. Now locate the screen where you can see yourself on the phone.
  3. This screen is called picture-in-picture and is the one visible to the other person in the magnified form.
  4. On the small screen, you will find a small camera. A flip icon here can help you invert your camera during the call.
  5. Next, tap on the flip icon, and now your camera is inverted.

To return to the front camera, tap on the same flip icon again.

Method #3: Invert Camera via Tile

When you participate in a FaceTime call, a feature called “Automatic Prominence” enlarges the tile of the person you are speaking to, which helps you know who you are talking with. You can use the tile to invert your phone camera in a few simple steps.

  1. After receiving a FaceTime call, tap on the tile.
  2. Now tap the flip icon to switch/invert to the rear camera.
  3. To switch back to the front camera, tap the flip icon again.

While you are on rear camera mode, you can easily enlarge the image by tapping on 1x. Tap it again to turn the screen back to the standard size.


In this guide about inverting the camera on FaceTime, we’ve discussed the difference between inverting and flipping. We’ve also covered three different, yet simple methods to invert/flip the camera quickly.

Hopefully, the problem that appeared quite perplexing initially isn’t a big deal any longer, and you can easily show the surroundings to your callers. Thank you for reading the article!

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I turn my camera off during FaceTime?

To turn off your camera while using Facetime, tap on the three dots appearing in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Now, a menu bar should pop up in front of you. Next, click on the video icon from the bar to turn off your camera. If you need to turn the camera back on, tap the icon again.

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