FaceTime is an exciting part of having an iPhone, and it’s something that cellular networks are fast enough to accommodate. But if using it over a cellular network was disabled by default on your phone, or if you had previously turned that feature off, then FaceTime may only be working over a Wi-Fi connection. But if your carrier supports FaceTime over a cellular network and you have decide that you want to be able to take advantage of it to make video calls over a cellular network, then you can follow the steps outlined below.
Using FaceTime on the iPhone 5 Without a Wi-Fi Network
Note that this feature may not be available with all carriers. If you follow these steps but it is not working for you, then you may need to contact your cellular provider. Additionally, note that using FaceTime over a cellular network will use your data allotment. Short calls of a few minutes or so may only use a few MB, but long calls can really eat into your monthly data allowance. With that in mind, you can follow the steps below to learn how to set up FaceTime so that you can use it over a cellular network.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the FaceTime option.
Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of this menu and move the slider to the right of Use Cellular Data option to the Off position.
Do you have a family member that you would like to FaceTime with, but they don’t have or want an iPhone? Consider getting them an iPad Mini. Aside from FaceTime it will provide them with tons of other ways to entertain themselves and access the Internet. Learn more about the iPad Mini here.
If you find that you are using too much data with FaceTime, then you can use this article to learn how to restrict your iPhone 5 to Wi-Fi.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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