Some iPads offer a feature, guided by machine learning and AI, called Center Stage. This technology automatically adjusts the tablet’s ultra-wide front camera when using video applications like FaceTime.

As you move, Center Stage keeps you and anyone else in the frame. To help you, below we explain cHow to use Center Stage on iPads who support it.

Using Center Stage on iPads

To use Center Stage on your compatible iPad:

  1. First, make a FaceTime call to someone else.
  2. During the call, open the Control center sliding your finger down from the upper right edge of the screen.
  3. Then press the Video effects in the Control Center.
  4. Finally, select the button “Center Stage”To turn the function on or off.

You can also control the feature during a FaceTime call by tapping the video thumbnail and then the Center Stage button.

Center Stage makes FaceTime sessions more personal, keeping your face centered at all times during the call.

What iPads are compatible with Center Stage?

Center Stage is available on iPads that are compatible with iPadOS 15 or later installed.

The feature works on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th generation), 11-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation), iPad (9th generation), and iPad mini (6th generation). It can be used during a FaceTime call, as well as in some other supported video apps.

What apps does Center Stage support?

There is no up-to-date list of apps that support Center Stage on supported iPads. However, as more iPads support the feature, more video-based applications are likely to allow users to use it. Third-party applications already supported by Center Stage include Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Meeting, Zoom, WebEx, and Filmic Pro.

To activate Center Stage in a supported application:

  1. Tap on the app Settings from your tablet.
  2. Scroll down and select the app you want to use Center Stage.
  3. From there, activate Center Stage.

Note: If you don’t see the Center Stage switch, you should see a message about using the feature in the third-party app the first time you launch it. At the time of publication, it appears that Apple has yet to specify how all applications can access this feature.

How to improve FaceTime calls

Center Stage is just one way to enhance your FaceTime calls to other Apple users. Thanks to iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 for iPhone and iPad, you can also start calling non-Apple devices that run on Android or Windows. All that is needed is a web browser and an Internet connection.

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