How Much Data A FaceTime Call Uses

How Much Data a FaceTime Call Uses

FaceTime's a great way for iPhone users to make video calls. But have you ever wondered how much data gets eaten up by these electronic tête-à-têtes? The guys from Calling All Geeks ran some numbers and the results may surprise you.

It turns out, not much. On an older iPhone 4 on a 3G network, a 10 minute call consumed about 30MB of data. That should be improved a little bit on newer phones and the newest version of iOS as well. Our tests with an iPhone 6s put the total right around 25MB for a ten minute call.

Regardless, the real takeaway is that FaceTime doesn't seem to take up a ton of data, so you can use it pretty often without killing your data plan. Of course, you can always keep an eye on your data usage for each app by heading into Settings > Mobile, then scrolling down to the app you're curious about.

How Much Data Does a FaceTime Call Use? [Calling All Geeks]

See also: How To Stretch A Meagre Mobile Data Allowance


    Only Apple gets away with platform-specific crap like FaceTime. Try FaceTiming your friends on Android. Platform agnosticism is the way to go, then you actually have choice.

      But I don't need to have an app running is the point. I can use it from a laptop, desktop, tablet or phone just by logging in.

    If only apple released a facetime/imessage app for windows, for us hybrid users.

    Pretty sure Google Hangout is cross platform. I use it all the time for friends/family that live overseas. Use it on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. Just need a gmail account I'm pretty sure.

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