Your iPhone 5 has a lot of cool features and apps that allow you to stay connected in just about any way imaginable. Among these options, however, are some features that exist solely for communication between people with iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, etc.). One such feature is Facetime, which allows you to use a phone number or email address of someone with their own Facetime account in order to make a video call. The ability to video call opens up a whole new way to communicate and share with other people, but it also uses a ton of data. In fact, 4G Facetime calls on an iPhone 5 can use hundreds of megabytes per hour. So how do you make sure that you don’t accidentally make a Facetime call on a cellular network? Follow the instructions below to turn that feature off.
Disable Cellular Facetime on the iPhone 5
It is important to note the distinction here – you are going to disable Facetime calls only while you are using cellular data. When you are connected to a WiFi network, such as one at home, work or an airport, you can freely use Facetime without worrying about its’ impact on your monthly data usage allotment. Since most people are on a capped data plan, conserving that expensive data is a high priority. And following the directions in this article to disable cellular WiFi is a good way to prevent needlessly using that data.
Step 1: Press the Settings button on your iPhone 5’s home screen.
Step 2: Scroll to the Facetime section, then press it once to open the menu.
Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the screen and touch the button to the right of Use Cellular Data so that it says Off.
If you find yourself in an emergency situation where you need to make a Facetime call over a cellular network, you can always return to this menu to enable that feature.
Do you want to see how much data you have used on your Verizon iPhone 5? Read the instructions in this article to learn how you can check your usage directly from your phone.
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.
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