FaceTime Review

Before you start using FaceTime, you may be curious about what’s good and what’s not-so-good about it. To help you decide if you want to use this free app or not, we’re going to cover some of the pros and cons of it in this article.


Free to use

FaceTime comes installed automatically on iPhones, iPads, Mac computers, and certain iPod devices. It doesn’t have to be downloaded, and the service itself is free to use.

You can send and receive both voice and video calls

You can use it to make and receive voice and video calls with your family and friends who also have Apple devices. We like that you have the flexibility of using audio only, or audio and video.

Don’t have to have cellular service or use up your monthly minutes

Since the app uses the Internet connection on your device, you don’t necessarily have to have cell phone service to use it, as long as you can access the Internet. If you can connect to Wi-Fi, you can still use FaceTime.

It can be used on almost any Apple device

FaceTime comes on iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers, as well as certain iPods. If you have one of these devices, you can use it to call other people you know who also own Apple devices.

It’s a safe, secure, and private app

FaceTime uses end-to-end encryption, so your calls are safe, private, and secure, and can’t be infiltrated by others. If you want to learn more about what Apple does to protect your privacy, check out our article on FaceTime safety.


It’s only available on Apple devices

Unfortunately, it isn’t available on Android devices or PC computers. If your device didn’t come with FaceTime installed, you won’t be able to use it.

You cannot call landline phones

Unlike some other voice and video calling apps available today, FaceTime does not have the ability to call landline phones – only other Apple devices.

It does not offer group video chats

FaceTime can be used for 3-way voice calls, but not for video calls, like most other video chatting apps can.

Can use up your data plan quickly

If you’re using FaceTime over your device’s mobile data network, it can start to use up your monthly data plan. Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network, if possible, to avoid using up your data.

Overall: 8/10

FaceTime is great and convenient if you want to call someone else who has an Apple device. We like that it’s free to use and comes pre-installed on Apple devices. FaceTime doesn’t use a lot of data per call, and will not use any data if you connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Unfortunately, it can’t be used to call standard landline telephones, make group calls, or be used on anything other than Apple devices. However, we still think it’s a pretty great app for those who do have Apple devices.


That finishes off our review. We hope it helped you make the decision of whether you want to use FaceTime or not. If you want to get started with it, check out our next tutorial on how to set it up on your Apple device. 

How Much Data Does FaceTime Video Use?

Before you start using FaceTime to make calls to your family and friends, you may be looking for more information about how much data it uses, to make sure you won’t be left with 0GB of data for the rest of the month, or are faced with an alarming phone bill at month’s end. We’ve got you covered – in this article, we’ll tell you how much data this free app uses, and how to avoid breaking the bank if you use FaceTime.

Does FaceTime use data or Wi-Fi?

If you make a FaceTime video call using your iPhone’s mobile data connection (3G/LTE), it will use your data plan. Depending on the type of mobile connection your device uses and the length of your call, the amount of data used will vary slightly. Usually, FaceTime doesn’t use much data unless your call is long.

How much data does FaceTime use if its not connected to Wi-Fi?

On a 3G network, a 10-minute video call will use approximately 30MB of data. On an LTE network, the same 10-minute call will use about 25MB of data. If you have an older iPhone model, your phone will likely not have LTE connection capability.

If you’re using FaceTime on an iPad, iPod, or Mac computer, your only options for Internet connection will be to use a Wi-Fi network, so you don’t have to worry about mobile data plan usage. However, if your home Wi-Fi has a limit of how much data you can use per month, you should be mindful of the amount of time you spend making video calls.

Tips to avoid using up your data with FaceTime

1. Connect to a Wi-Fi network if possible.

If you’re in a place where you can connect to Wi-Fi (e.g., at home, at work, a library, etc.), connect your device to Wi-Fi before making or receiving calls. This will make it so that your mobile data plan isn’t being used whatsoever.

2. Keep the length of your calls short.

If you need to use your mobile data connection to make or receive a video call, try not to make the call overly long. The longer your call is, the more data will be used. If the call isn’t urgent, try to wait until you can access a Wi-Fi connection.

3. If you have a newer iPhone, enable LTE rather than using a 3G connection.

If your iPhone is a newer model, it will have LTE network capability. Using LTE will use slightly less data than a 3G network, so it’s a good idea to switch networks if you can. You can check this by going into Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Enable LTE.


That’s it for this article about data usage. We hope it gave you the answers you were looking for! If you have questions, leave us a comment below. Check out the rest of our free Facetime course to learn more about how to use FaceTime.

Is Facetime Safe, Private and Secure?

Before you start using a new app, or if you’ve already started with one, you may want to do some research regarding how safe, private, and secure it is. If you’re curious about the safety of FaceTime, you’re in luck. In this article, we’ll tell you about the safety, privacy, and security for the app, to help you decide if you can feel safe while using it.

How safe is FaceTime?

FaceTime is safe to use, as the app uses end-to-end encryption so that nobody can join or listen-in on your conversation, except for you and the person you’re calling; this means that people can’t hack into your call either. If you’re only talking to people you already know and trust, you’ll be safe.

Is FaceTime private?

FaceTime is private because your calls are protected using end-to-end encryption, so there is no way someone outside of your call (potential hackers) could access your call. Calls are not recorded, and no part of your calls are sent to or stored by Apple. Only you and the person you call can join the call.

Is FaceTime secure?

FaceTime is secure because all calls are encrypted, and aren’t recorded. A unique ID is created by Apple for each user to make sure that the calls are properly routed and connected. The app itself is secure, but ensuring you use a secure Internet connection will add to your security.

Check out our Wi-Fi course and Internet safety tips to learn how to improve your home Internet security.

Although FaceTime is safe, secure, and private, there are a few other things you can do to improve your safety. Here are a few helpful tips.

4 FaceTime safety tips

1. Only answer FaceTime calls from people you know and trust.

If you receive a call from a number or email address you don’t recognize, don’t answer it. You should only answer calls from people you know and trust. Even a friend could be recording your call, so be sure you’re FaceTiming with those you’re close to.

2. Always use a secure and private Internet connection when making calls.

Although the app itself is safe and secure, ensuring your device is connected to a secure network will only increase your safety and security. Use your home Internet network or your mobile device’s data connection rather than public free Internet if you’re not sure how secure the network is.

3. Secure your device and control who has access to it.

To ensure that no calls are made using your device without your consent, make sure that nobody has access to your device besides yourself. Consider adding a passcode to your device that only you know, so no one else can access it.

4. Make sure to enable two-step verification for your Apple ID.

Two-step verification requires the person signing in to verify their identity using an approved method, after entering the password. This means that even if your password is compromised, the person trying to sign in needs to possess another one of your devices to gain access. Check out this help guide from Apple to learn how to set this up!

Is FaceTime HIPAA compliant?

Yes, FaceTime can be HIPAA compliant due to the fact it is encrypted, and messages cannot be intercepted. However, the human component of FaceTime affects its compliance level, as those involved in the call can compromise the compliance, and software exists that can record FaceTime calls.

If you want to learn about this in more detail, check out this great article on FaceTime HIPAA compliance from LinkedIn Pulse. If you ever have an issue or want to report a complaint regarding HIPAA compliance, be sure to call them at 1-877-696-6775 or fill out the online complaint form here.


That’s everything you need to know about safety, security, and privacy. Did you find the information you’re looking for? If you have any questions, leave us a comment below. In our next article in the course, we’ll be telling you about FaceTime data usage, so be sure to click below and read more!

What Facetime is and How It Works for iOS

FaceTime is one of the most popularly used apps on smartphones today, because it allows you to connect with friends, family, colleagues, and more – all over the Internet, for free! If you have an Apple device, making use of FaceTime is a must, so in this article, we’re going to explain everything you need to know about it, including how it works, how private it is, what it may cost you if you aren’t careful, and more.

So, what exactly is FaceTime?

FaceTime is a video calling app made by Apple that comes with iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices. The service allows users to call and video chat with their friends and family who also have an Apple device. The service runs using your device’s Internet data or Wi-Fi connection, and is simple and easy to use.

How does FaceTime work?

FaceTime works using your Apple device’s mobile data or a Wi-Fi connection to allow you to make voice and/or video calls to your contacts who also have an Apple device. Just open the app, select the type of call you’d like to make, and type in the name or phone number of the person you’d like to call.

FaceTime video call screen

Check out this tutorial on how to use FaceTime to learn about how to connect with your contacts in more detail.

Is FaceTime free?

Yes, FaceTime is free to use. It comes automatically installed on iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. You can use it to call your friends and family who also have Apple devices, for free. We would recommend connecting your device to a Wi-Fi network (if possible) before making calls to avoid any data charges. If you need more information to understand how that works, and how you could possibly be charged for your calls, read our article about FaceTime data usage to learn more.

Is FaceTime private?

FaceTime is very private. When you’re calling someone using the app, the only people that can join the conversation are you and the person you’re calling. The calls are also encrypted, meaning that they are safe, private, and cannot be tapped into. You don’t have to worry about anyone listening in on your calls.

Pros and cons of FaceTime

Some awesome things about the service are that:

  • It’s free and easy to use
  • It comes built into Apple devices
  • It allows for both voice and video calls
  • It’s convenient that you don’t have to have cell phone service to use it, as long as you have Wi-Fi or an Internet connection available.

On the other hand:

  • It’s only available on Apple devices
  • It can’t be used to call landline phones
  • It does not offer group/conference calling features

FaceTime alternatives

If you don’t enjoy FaceTime or don’t have an Apple device, there are other apps that you can use instead. One great alternative is Skype. Skype has more features, is free to download and use, and is available for iPhone, Android, PC and Mac. Another app you can use instead is ooVoo. ooVoo is a pretty popular calling app as well, and like Skype, also has more features. To learn about these apps and more, check out this article where we break down other similar apps and services.


We hoped you learned something new in this introductory article, but there’s plenty more to come. Be sure to read the rest of the articles in our FaceTime course to learn more. If you have any questions, leave us a comment below.