Apple’s claim about FaceTime that “it just works” might not be true for some in certain situations. Even though this revolutionary feature implemented in iPhone 4 and the new iPod touch requires little or no setup to initiate, numerous users are unable to make a FaceTime call successfully. This can be due to a number of factors which can easily be overlooked by a new user of an iPhone 4 or the latest iPod Touch.
Check Your Wifi
Currently, FaceTime is a Wifi-only feature and you cannot make video calls over your regular data connection such as 3G or EDGE. So be sure that you are connected to a Wifi network before initiating a FaceTime call. Also, make sure that your Wifi connection is working properly by opening a web page in Safari after connecting to your Wifi network.
Disable Restrictions For FaceTime
If you can’t see an option to make a FaceTime call on you iPhone 4 or the latest iPod Touch, check your settings if the FaceTime feature has been blocked. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions and see if FaceTime is switched on. If not, just flip the switch to turn it on.
Activate FaceTime In Settings
If you can see the FaceTime option is available but it’s been disabled by default, you will need to activate and enable it from the settings menu. Going to Settings > Phone and switch FaceTime on. It may take a few minutes to activate as it is done via sending an SMS to your carrier to enable the service on your connection (iPhone 4 only). Once activated, you can now attempt to make a FaceTime call making sure you are connected to a working Wifi network.
Restart Your Device
A simple restart of the iPhone 4 or your iPod touch may just help the process along. You could try a soft restart by holding the Power button down for a few seconds and swiping the slider off. Or you could do a hard restart by holding the Power button and Home button down at the same time until the screen turns off.
Reset All Settings
If you are still unable to make a FaceTime call, you might have to reset your device settings. To do that, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This won’t delete any of your data or content, but will only reset all your settings including Wifi and other network settings.
Full Restore Via iTunes
If none of the above seems to resolve your FaceTime issues, a full restore via iTunes may be the only option left. Make sure you setup your iPhone 4 or iPod Touch as a new device in iTunes instead of restoring from an old iPhone/iPod backup which may have caused the issue in the first place!
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