How to Fix FaceTime Not Working on iPhone or iPad

FaceTime Not Working on iPhone or iPad

Users who have contacted Apple support have been told to update their Apple device to take the leap to the latest version of iOS. We will update this page as soon as we have a detailed report on this issue. In the meantime, check out below possible methods to fix “FaceTime Not Working” issue on your iPhone.

Quite a lot of users have reported FaceTime issues (both over Wi-Fi as well as over 3G/4G).

Some are pretty basic – where it’s just a problem with the accounts or passwords – while some go beyond that. Issues with Wi-fi, with Apple’s servers, with router configurations, etc. can all be a problem. As of this writing, Apple servers seem to be fine and there is no indication of any issues at that end.

We take a look at possible solutions, troubleshooting and bug fixes that will help you overcome problems of FaceTime not connecting on your device.

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Device Compatibility

When Apple announced FaceTime over Cellular Data, there was a catch: the option was available only for selected devices. Make sure your device is eligible for FaceTime feature.

Data Plan Compatibility

Although Verizon and Sprint have absolutely no qualms about letting you do FaceTime over 3G/4G networks, AT&T is being somewhat crazy. Only new users with the Shared Data plans are eligible to use FaceTime over 3G on AT&T’s network.

If you are an existing customer of AT&T but are not on the Shared Data plans, you will need to check out with your service provider if your data plan lets you use FaceTime over Cellular data.

Toggle Airplane Mode

At times, there are possibilities of some issues with a network connection. Trying toggling ON Airplane Mode from the Settings app, and turn it back OFF after few seconds. Doing this will refresh your network, whether it is Wi-Fi or Cellular Data.

Toggle Airplane Mode from iPhone Control Center


Toggle AirPlane Mode from iPhone Settings

Wi-Fi Issues

Wi-Fi issues can be woeful and can cause a lot of FaceTime issues. Inconsistent/unstable Wi-Fi network, incorrect router settings that prevents your iPhone from connecting to the Wi-Fi can lead to call failures in FaceTime.

To fix Wi-Fi issues, here’s what you can try.

Re-activating FaceTime

Signing out of FaceTime and logging in again can also help you fix FaceTime problems that are probably caused due to account authentication. To do this:

  • Open Settings → FaceTime.
Tap on Settings then FaceTime on iPhone
  • Turn off the switch
Toggle FaceTime Settings on iPhone
  • Re-enable/turn on the switch after a few minutes. You should see the ‘waiting for activation…’ sign
Troubleshooting Facetime Issue on iPhone
  • After FaceTime is activated, you should see the Apple ID field. Tap on it and then tap on Sign out.
  • Now, re-login by tapping on Use your Apple ID for FaceTime.
Turn on Facetime on iPhone

Resetting all settings

According to one of the users on Apple Forums, resetting all settings has solved the issue of FaceTime not working. There were many other comments vouching for this fix. In order to reset all settings, go to Settings → General → Reset → Reset All Settings.

Tap on Settings General Reset on iPhone or iPad
Reset All Settings on iPhone or iPad

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