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How to Enable FaceTime on the iPhone 4

Did you an iPhone 4, but don’t know how to make FaceTime calls? Before you can make or take FaceTime calls you first need to enable the feature on your iPhone. The video and guide below will show you how to enable FaceTime on your iPhone so that you can start making FaceTime phone calls right away.

FaceTime is a new feature introduced in iOS4 and currently supported by the iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and Macs with the front facing camera that allows you to make real-time video phone calls. The feature is currently limited to Wi-Fi calling and requires that both parties have a FaceTime enabled iPhone, Mac, and iPod Touch.

UPDATE: Apple recently announced that you can now make FaceTime calls to and from your Mac, check it out here.

Video: How to Enable FaceTime on iPhone

Software/Hardware used: I used an iPhone 4 running iOS 4 for this tutorial.

How to Enable FaceTime on the iPhone Guide

enable facetime iphone 4 How to Enable FaceTime on the iPhone 4

1. Tap Settings in the Home Screen.

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2. Tap Phone in the Settings page.

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3. Toggle ON FaceTime in the Phone page.

When activated, just press the Home Screen to open the Phone app and start making FaceTime calls.

  • Azizan62

    Thanks for your exeplenation but i still can not activate it

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      What carrier are you using? I understand that there are limitations depending on carrier and location.

      Sent from my iPad

  • Alaradi Alaa

    Hello , every my problem is that every time I go on in my settings then phone it’s written any ( FaceTime ) to enable

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      Huh? Can you please clarify?

      Sent from my iPad

  • Brett

    Hi…I just received my iphone 4 (from Verizon) and am going into the Apple Store tomorrow due to my facetime not working. I go into “settings”…”phone” and turn it on and go out and it always goes off. I waited to see if anything happens after a few minutes…nothing. My wifi is on. It says my facetime is on under “General”…”restrictions”…there it shows on, but won’t stay on under “phone”…I push on and once I leave and go “home” and go back, it is never “on”…always back to off. I’m 50 yrs old and NOT very savvy with this!!! Thanks for any help before I head downtown to the Apple Store :) :) :) Brett

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      Brett,

      Not sure what it could be, have you tried resetting the iPhone and trying
      again? Let me know.

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    • Brett

      Okay…remember I said I was 50 :) :) :) I went down to the Apple Store and it looks like (I did) set up my new iphone 4 and took all my data from my itouch that I purchased a few weeks ago…so instead of making it a new sync…I pushed something on itunes that took the data from my itouch and even though I had facetime with my itouch…obviously it’s a different program! So they did a complete restore…which I guess I could have done it at home! So I’m starting over putting things back on and yes I saved everything before! Thanks again for your help…nice to know their is a place I can read and get answers. I’ll make this one of my fav places for sure! Thank you!!! Brett

    • Brett

      woops…”there”

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      Bret,

      Thanks for the kind words. I must have missed the part about the iPod Touch when you originally posted…it is different from the iPhone, sorry I didn’t bring that up. I’m glad you were able to resolve the issue at the Mac Store. Please feel free to send me any questions or how-to guide ideas using the contact form. Good luck and enjoy your new iPhone.

    • Brett

      It’s been over a week and I’m lovin my new iphone! Thank you again :) :) :)

    • Cmitchell20

      i have the smae problem and i did the same thing as you by transfering info from my itouch to my iphone 4. how can you restore it back to iphone settings

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      You have to restore your iPhone to Factory settings…is this what you are referring to…or your iPod Touch?

  • The_soldier

    Hi guys

    I have recently tried on several occusions to activate the setting as you have listed. Settings, phone, FaceTime than on, while I switch it on to on i’ll wait 30 seconds then it switches it self back to off.
    Note, I have been been linked up to WiFi while I have been performing this task.
    Can u please give me some advice!

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      Interesting, have you tried rebooting your iPhone and attempting to repeat
      the above steps? Also try removing the Wi-Fi router from the list and adding
      it back again when you try again.

  • John_zino_16

    I can’t find the FaceTime option under settings-phone !!! (factory unlocked iPhone 4)

    • Yocopoco_mayoco

      with the phone turned on, just take off the sim card and then put it back in.

  • disgruntled

    Because Monopoly Telco’s in the Middle East want to rake in a bit more cash, Apple has cumpled and disabled FaceTime on the iPhone4. Now the only way to activate at the moment is via a jail break which will void the warrenty. My advice is if your thinking of a great Christmas Present, look elsewhere, perhaps even consider an iPhone3GS because the extra money you pay for for the front facing camera is next to useless with a Middle East Iphone 4.

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      Interesting that they would disable that because FaceTime doesn’t use the
      carrier’s bandwidth, it uses a Wi-Fi connection. Sorry to hear that they
      have those limitations.

      Regards,

      *Gilberto J Perera*, Microsoft MVP
      Editor-in-Chief, GilsMethod.com | Tech How-to
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    • Pramil

      I reside in the middle east the same problem am not able to find the face time written anywhere in the settings

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      I believe it’s a location restriction.

      Regards,

      Gilberto J Perera
      Editor-in-Chief, GilsMethod.com

  • http://www.windowsobserver.com Richard Hay

    Now to just find someone else on WiFi to chat with :-)

    Actually, I do hope that they will eventually carry this feature onto the cellular network – otherwise it may have limited uses at times if your out and about.

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      Very true, the intent is to eventually be able to use it on the network rather than on Wi-Fi, it’s just that the Telco’s here in the US are so behind compare to the EU and Asia (who already have this capability) that they will not be able to handle the additional strain of video conversations. I think this is an awesome feature to offer and certainly do hope other mobile devices in the US move towards it.

  • http://www.windowsobserver.com Richard Hay

    Now to just find someone else on WiFi to chat with :-)

    Actually, I do hope that they will eventually carry this feature onto the cellular network – otherwise it may have limited uses at times if your out and about.

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      Very true, the intent is to eventually be able to use it on the network rather than on Wi-Fi, it’s just that the Telco’s here in the US are so behind compare to the EU and Asia (who already have this capability) that they will not be able to handle the additional strain of video conversations. I think this is an awesome feature to offer and certainly do hope other mobile devices in the US move towards it.