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How much data does FaceTime use on iPad?

FaceTime is a brilliant app that allows iPad users to audio and video chat to their contacts who also have the FaceTime app.

A question we often get asked is, how much data does FaceTime use. And in most instances, iPads are usually connected to WIFI and will therefore not use any of your data allowance! For tablets which are 4G models and rely on a sim card for data, and not connected to WIFI there will then be data usage, and it is important to keep a check on this to ensure calls are not eating up all your data allowance.

As general rule of thumb, a FaceTime video call will use around 70MB – 80MB per 20 minutes.

 How to check data usage in the FaceTime app on an iPad

Although it can be too late to see how much data has been used after a video call has ended and your allowance has been eaten up, it is definitely worth checking each call as this can act as a great gauge for future reference.

To check a previous calls data usage, simply select and open the FaceTime App on your iPad. In your list of recent calls, there will be an ‘i’ to the right of the contacts name, click this, which will then bring up all the contact details for that call, such as the date and time of the call, call length, and most importantly the data used.

How to check data usage in the FaceTime app on an iPad

Pay careful attention to the call length and data usage, as this can be used as your guide for future video calls.

How to check the total FaceTime data usage on an iPad 

How to check the total FaceTime data usage on an iPad

A handy feature within settings will allow you to see exactly how much data has been used in total for each individual app over a certain time period.

In order to check your total FaceTime data usage on your iPad, select settings, then select Mobile Data, scroll down to FaceTime and the total amount of data used for the period will displayed next to it.

You can reset the period whenever you like, so it may be worth resetting at the start of your monthly data allowance, and this will then ensure you are up to date with your usage and remaining allowance. It is worth noting the period is automatically reset during any IOS update, so this is something to bear in mind to0.