Can’t Make Or Receive FaceTime Calls? Solved!

 get help with making or receiving facetime calls

You need a cellular or Wi-Fi connection to use FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Over Wi-Fi, FaceTime requires a broadband connection.

You might have issues using FaceTime for one of these reasons:

  • FaceTime and FaceTime audio calling might not be available for all countries, regions, or carriers.
  • FaceTime isn’t available or might not appear on devices purchased in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and United Arab Emirates, including Dubai. However, with iOS 11.3 or later, FaceTime is available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in Saudi Arabia.
  • Call forwarding isn’t available with FaceTime.
  • If you try to switch from a FaceTime call to a phone call or a FaceTime audio call.

What if you can’t make or receive FaceTime calls?

  1. Make sure that your device has a Wi-Fi connection to the Internet or a cellular-data connection.
  2. Learn more if you’re using router, firewall, or security software that restricts Internet access.
  3. If you’re trying to use FaceTime over cellular, make sure that Use Cellular Data is on for FaceTime. Go to Settings and tap Cellular or tap Mobile Data, then turn on FaceTime. If you’re using an iPad, you might see Settings > Cellular Data.
  4. Go to Settings > FaceTime and make sure that FaceTime is on.
  5. If you see “Waiting for Activation,” turn FaceTime off and then on again. Learn what to do if you can’t activate FaceTime.
  6. If you don’t see the FaceTime setting, make sure that Camera and FaceTime aren’t off in Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Allowed Apps.
  7. Make sure that you have the correct phone number or email address listed.
  8. Go to Settings > General > Date & Time and turn on Set Automatically.
  9. Restart your device.
  10. Update your device to the latest version of iOS.

Note: Don’t forget to back your important data up to prevent data loss.

What if you have connection or sound quality issues with FaceTime?

If your cellular connection or Wi-Fi network are running slow, or other users are streaming audio or video on the same Wi-Fi network, you might have these issues:

  • Connection alerts or unable to connect
  • Choppy video calls
  • Black screen
  • Dropped calls

Please make sure that both you and the person that you’re calling are using a fast Wi-Fi or cellular connection. If you’re using Wi-Fi, FaceTime requires a broadband connection.