When it comes to using facetime for video call or audio call, one of question asked is how much data does facetime use as it is essential especially if you’re using a cellular data.
In this article I will explain all you need to know on facetime data usage or accumulation, and this applies for FaceTime video call and audio call.
Please kindly note that facetime video call data usage is very much different from facetime audio call as the video call usually consume a lot of data compared to the audio call.
How much data does facetime use?
Facetime call uses a 6.3mb of data per a minute call, and 380mb data per an hour.
The above statistics is for facetime video call as it differs from the audio call.
Let me explain how much data does facetime use based on the video call, and the audio call.
Facetime video call
- Per a minute of facetime video call uses 6.3mb data.
- A 15 minutes of facetime video call uses 94.5mb to 95mb of data.
- Per a 30 minutes of facetime video call uses 180mb to 190mb.
- Facetime uses 378mb to 380mb per hour for a facetime video call.
This means that if you’re to make a two hours of facetime video call, it will use a data of 760mb, while three hours of facetime call will use 1.14GB.
Looking at the above statistics, there’s no much difference between facetime video call and whatsapp video call as they are almost the same in terms of data usage.
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Facetime audio call
- Per a minute of facetime audio call uses 0.67mb data.
- A 15 minutes of facetime audio call uses 10.05mb of data.
- Per a 30 minutes of facetime audio call uses 20mb
- Facetime uses 40mb per hour for a facetime audio call.
So if you’re to make a facetime audio call for a good 30 minutes, it will 20mb of data. While if you’re to make a one hour of facetime audio call, it will use 40mb data.
This is relatively low compared to facetime video call.
Well the truth is that when it comes to voip services like facetime, Skype, Whatsapp, viber, telegram, etc, audio call will consume less data compared to video calls.
So if you’re asking how much data does facetime audio use, it uses 0.67mb per a minute facetime call, 10.05mb per a 15 minutes facetime call, and a 40mb per an hour facetime call.
For the video call, kindly note that facetime uses 380mb for facetime video call per an hour, 94.5mb for a 15 minutes call, and 180mb for a 30 minutes call.
This is applied to using cellular data or Wi-Fi for your facetime calls.
Please note that this statistics is based on my experience and research using facetime to call someone on my iPhone. However, you can check your data usage to see how much data facetime has consumed on your device.
To do so, you have to reset your data usage before making a facetime call on your iPhone or Apple device.
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Let me show you how you can go about it.
How to check facetime data usage
To check facetime data usgafe on your iPhone or Apple device, simply get started by opening the settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap on mobile tap to open.
- Scroll down and below mobile data or cellular data and you will see facetime among the list.
- Right there it will display your facetime data usage for the month.
However, in order to get the accurate data usage for a certain facetime call, you simply need to reset your data usage.
All you have to do is to open the settings app, scroll and open mobile data or cellular data, and scroll all the way down to Reset Statistics.
Tap on the reset statistics and it will reset your data usage.
Afterwards, you can go ahead and make a facetime call be it audio call or video call in order to get the accurate data usage of your facetime call.
Facetime using cellular data instead of Wi-Fi
All you need to do is to turn off your cellular data and facetime will use only wi-fi.
As long as you have an active Wi-Fi connection available on your phone, I don’t see the reason why you should turn on cellular data.
By default, facetime should use Wi-Fi and not cellular data when available, but sometimes this type of issue do occur.
Because if this and to avoid such from happening, it is recommended that you should turn off cellular data whenever you have an active Wi-Fi connection on your phone.
As long as cellular data is turned off, there’s no way facetime will be using cellular data instead of Wi-Fi on your iPhone.
How to make FaceTime use less data?
By default, facetime will use lots of data during a facetime call especially if it is a video call, but there are certain things you need to do to get the best out of facetime free call especially if you have a limited data plan.
Imagine a 3 hours facetime video call attracts a 1.14GB data, when you multiply it by number of days in a given month, you will see that you have spent a lot on facetime calls.
So below is how to make FaceTime use less data?
- By using Facetime Audio: If you want to make a long facetime call and you’re too conscious of you data, it is best to use facetime audio call in order to save data. Facetime audio call don’t consume lot’s of data just like the video call aspect of facetime.
- By using Wi-Fi: Wifi is the best means of using facetime as it is very economical compared to when using a cellular data. If you have a Wi-Fi connection around you, it is best to use it for your facetime video call.
These are how to reduce facetime data consumption especially by using a Wi-Fi connection when available.
If you have an unlimited data plan, kindly note that facetime will be included in your unlimited data as it uses internet connection.
How much data does facetime use per minute
Facetime uses 6.3mb per minute for FaceTime video call, and 0.67mb per a minute for facetime audio call.
How much data does facetime use per hour
FaceTime uses 380mb data per an hour for facetime video call, and 40mb per hour for facetime audio call.
How much data does a 10 minute facetime call use
Facetime uses 63mb for a 10 minute facetime video call, and it uses 6.7mb for 10 minutes facetime audio call.
How much data does a 15 minute time call use
Facetime uses 94.5mb for 15 minutes facetime video call, and 10.05mb for a 15 minutes facetime audio call.
How long does 2GB of data last on FaceTime?
2GB of data should last for a good five hours of facetime call.
Since facetime video call takes up to 380mb per hour, a 2GB should definitely last up to five hours for a facetime video call.
As facetime audio call uses 40mb of data per an hour, then it should last for 48hours for a facetime audio call.
Does FaceTime use data for both callers?
The answer is yes. Facetime uses data for both callers as it is a voip services that requires internet connection in order to work.