FaceTime, Apple’s video calling service available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac, can be a great way to keep in touch with friends and family with ease. When using FaceTime with a WiFi connection there’s no need to worry, but if you use mobile data you’ll want to know how much data is consumed by each call.
FaceTime service usually uses quite a lot of data as it is based on simultaneous streaming and video upload, but can also be used just to make an audio call. Here are the steps to find out how much data FaceTime consumes, whether you want to keep track of it or just be curious.
Luckily, iOS makes it really easy to find out how much data a FaceTime call has required , so let’s stop stalling and explain how to find out. Here we go!
To find out what data a FaceTime call uses, first of all open the Phone application and go to the “Recent” tab at the bottom of the screen. Then make sure the “All” tab is selected at the top.
Find the contact and the FaceTime call you want to check data usage for in the list and click the button (i) to the right . A new window will open where you will find detailed information about that FaceTime call such as duration, date and time it was made, whether it is an incoming or outgoing call, and the amount of data used to make the call.
It should be noted that on the latest iPhone models with better rear and front cameras, the FaceTime call with HD video can be quite heavy , and therefore, consume a good handful of data. So, as the guys at OSXDaily say, it wouldn’t be surprising if a FaceTime video call of about 10 minutes consumed about 150MB.
As we said before, this won’t matter much if you use a WiFi connection to make FaceTime calls, but it never hurts to know how much data it consumes if you use the mobile data connection . This way you can avoid surprises on your bill at the end of the month for going over your contracted data allowance.