Apple’s Facetime app lets you make video calls, but it can also use a lot of your iPhone’s internet data plan. And if the person on the other end is screentime savvy, they can check how much screen time you’re using right from their end.
How to Check how Long you’ve Been on Facetime
To check your Facetime screen time yourself, go to Settings > Cellular and scroll down. You’ll see a list of apps that have been using cellular data. Tap the name of the app to see how much data it’s been using.
How to Check How Long Someone has Been on Your Facetime
If you’re checking someone else’s Facetime data usage, you don’t have to go all the way to Settings. Just open the Facetime app and swipe up on an active call to bring up additional options. Next to “End Call” there’s a list of apps that were used during this conversation. Tap the name of any one of them, and you’ll see how long they spent on that app.
How to Check how Long You’ve Been on Someone’s Facetime
To check your own Facetime screen time, open the Facetime app and tap the phone number of the person you were talking to. Swipe up to bring up additional options, and tap “Details”. This will show you how long you were in Facetime, and how much data it used.
How to Turn off Facetime
If you’re on an older version of iOS, then there’s no way in Settings to see your own Facetime screen time – only the person you talked to can do that. To turn off FaceTime entirely, go back to “Details” and tap “FaceTime Off.” You can also switch off cellular data and wifi to end the call. If you need to turn FaceTime back on – for instance, if you want your child to be able to call you – go back to “Settings” and re-enable Cellular Data and Wifi under Video Calls.
How to Monitor Your Facetime Usage With an Android Device
Apple doesn’t allow you to check Facetime usage on an Android device, but you can download a third-party app that will do it for you. There are many options available in the Google Play Store, which you can find by searching “App Usage Tracker.” One of our favorites is called “Discreet App Tracker” because it deletes any data it collects automatically after you close out of the app.
How to Monitor Your Facetime Usage With an iOS Device
If you have an iOS device, there are apps that can also help you monitor your Facetime usage. We recommend “Vagex” for this purpose, but there are others available in the App Store as well.
Why is it Important to Know how Long I’ve Been on FaceTime?
There are a few reasons why it’s important to know how long you’ve been on Facetime. If you’re using your phone data plan, and your use is high enough to get you in trouble, knowing the numbers makes it easier for you to troubleshoot.
It also helps if you’re sharing a single family account with others in your household, and you want to know exactly how much data everyone used.
How can I Prevent Someone from Accessing My Facetime Screen Time?
If you want to prevent others from checking your Facetime screen time, there’s no built-in setting for this in iOS or Android. However, if the person checking is also on an iOS device, then Facetime data usage can be hidden.
Open the Settings app Go to “General” > “Restrictions.” Turn on Restrictions by tapping the blue slider. If prompted, enter a passcode (you won’t get the code text back). Next tap “Facetime” and slide it to off. You’ll now need to enter your passcode to use Facetime.
Facetime screen time is the amount of time anyone spent using Facetime on your device. It’s important to check this to see how much you’ve used it because if you use up all your data, FaceTime may be turned off by your cellular provider.
You can find out how long you or someone else has been on FaceTime by checking the app usage tracker of Facetime. There are several ways you can monitor your own or someone else’s Facetime data usage, but the easiest is using Vagex. You can also monitor it with an Android device or iOS device if you download Discreet App Tracker or other similar apps.