FaceTime data

Unlimited data plans are a thing of the past, and while some users have been grandfathered into these plans, most of us now have capped data plans, forcing us to be a little more conservative with our data, or at least be more aware of our usage. For the data-conscious people out there, we have a simple tip that will show you a quick and easy way to see how much data specific FaceTime calls use.

How much data does FaceTime use?

Step 1: Launch the FaceTime app.

Step 2: For the FaceTime call you want to track, tap the small “i” icon, as seen on the left screenshot above.

Step 3: This will take you to the Contact and call details. Right at the top, you can see whether it was an incoming or outgoing call, the duration of the call, as well as the amount of data used for that call. In the example above, you can tell that my two minute FaceTime call used 8 MB of data.

Note that whether you are making a call over Wi-Fi or cellular, the FaceTime app will show you the data used. To my knowledge, there is no way to differentiate cellular versus Wi-Fi calls in the FaceTime app. This tip works for both FaceTime audio and video calls. The same information can also be accessed from the Recent tab inside the Phone app.

  • sunfire7

    This is a great tip I didn’t knew 🙂 thx

  • deepdvd

    The information on the Recent Tab in Phone is much more informative. It shows all calls instead of only the last one. I think this is what should have been highlighted in the article

  • Micro

    Facetime is not counted against data usage. Unless something changed.

    • teCHology

      i dunno who your with, but face time have always counted towards data, its data plain and simple….But then again i have only had AT&T and T-Mobile so im not sure about anyone else…

      • Micro

        Here is the information saying it’s free on Verizon. I have done hours of factime and never once been charged a megabyte of data.

        http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/12/3324002/verizon-facetime-over-cellular-no-additional-charge

      • Micro

        Here is the statement saying ATT will do it for free as well.

        AT&T Expands Facetime Over Cellular Availability

        Video Calling Feature To Be Made Available To LTE Customers on Tiered Data Plans & Deaf and Hard of Hearing Customers With Qualifying Plans

        Dallas, Texas, November 08, 2012

        AT&T* today announced it will enable FaceTime over Cellular at no extra charge for iOS 6 customers with an LTE device on any tiered data plan. AT&T will also continue to offer FaceTime over Cellular to customers with any AT&T Mobile Share plan, as well as FaceTime over Wi-Fi, which has always been available for all customers. AT&T expects to roll out this functionality to customers over the next eight to ten weeks.

    • You are incorrect. Carriers do charge your for FaceTime calls. Technically they don’t charge you extra. The data is just counted aagainst your data plan. The links you posted below aren’t saying carriers are offering free FaceTime calls. It says that carriers are letting you use FaceTime at no additional cost. All data used during a FaceTime call is counted against your data plan.

    • Blip dude

      They don’t charge extra and that’s what people misunderstand. “No extra charge” does not necessarily mean no charge at all, it’s just counted towards Data usage.

      EDIT – I am on AT&T and using FaceTime audio does in fact use my cellular data.

  • teCHology

    this is nice to know because i was always curious on how much data FaceTime used, even though i have T-Mobile unlimited i never have to worry but its still nice to know..

  • Joseph Apodaca

    My FaceTime doesn’t work. I’m assuming it’s because I’m on iOS 7 and it kinda forces me to update…

  • peto7532159

    If you want to see how much CELLULAR data has FaceTime consumed, go to Settings -> Cellular and there is a list of apps with number of cellular data they consumed

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    Also works in the plain old phone app the same way.

  • jack

    Wow something stock I didn’t know…

  • Isn’t this better summarised in the Settings > General > Usage > Cellular Usage screen? Or iOS still doesn’t offer such insight into your data usage? Similar to this…

    • iOS does in just Settings -> Cellular.

      Although without that nice graph, it does tell the total usage of data per app.

      What this article tells is how to find out the data used per call.

  • Furqan Ahmed

    thanks very useful information i am planing to download such type of app to track my data in face time …

  • Byron C Mayes

    Thanks for this! Great tip!