Are you placing a call with someone on FaceTime, and are wondering if it will show up on the phone bill later on?
Phone bills can give a lot of invasive information about your cell phone usage, and even the specific people that you were talking to.
But what about calls made with FaceTime? Will FaceTime calls show up on your phone bill and if so, what information is provided on the bill?
In this article, we’ll cover everything that you need to know!
Will FaceTime Calls Show Up On The Phone Bill?
Let’s say you placed or received at least one FaceTime call over the course of the billable month.
Will details related to that call appear on the bill? Or, will any evidence that the call was ever placed be visible at all?
Currently, the answer is no.
Only calls made with your phone’s actual cellular capabilities are ever recorded on the phone bill.
FaceTime calls happen over the internet, rather than with your phone’s actual phone capabilities. Because the calls are happening over the internet, your cellular provider (such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile etc) can not actually log the details of the call even if they wanted to.
This is the same as browsing the internet. Your provider can see that a certain amount of data was transferred over their network, but they may not be able to tell who specifically was called.
And even if they could, no provider is currently logging the details of FaceTime calls.
Of course, somebody with physical access to your iPhone may be able to see who it was that you were calling.
Suggestions for more privacy-friendly calling apps, as well as general tips will be shared later on in this article. So, keep reading!
What If The FaceTime Call Was Made Over Cellular Data?
FaceTime calls cannot show up on your cell phone’s bill, because they’re made over the internet. But what if the call was made over cellular data?
Thankfully, the exact same policy applies here.
The network used for making calls is separate than what’s used for delivering internet service, even if you use your iPhone’s cellular data plan.
While connecting to a Wi-Fi network will always give you the maximum control over your privacy, you are still using the internet to make the FaceTime call, even if your phone only has cellular data available, and you are disconnected from Wi-Fi.
So, it really makes no difference when it comes to privacy.
Keep in mind however that total data usage will be logged by your cellular provider. However, the details will be unable to view, even with access to the bill.
Privacy-Friendly Platforms For Calling
As mentioned earlier, it is still possible for people to find out who you called on FaceTime.
Because your iPhone will keep a log of calls made, anybody with physical access to your unlocked iPhone will be able to look through your call history without any problems.
So, if this is something you’re worried about, we recommend focusing on a more privacy-friendly option.
For both video as well as audio calls, chatting apps like Session, Wire, or Wickr.
Not only are these tools fully encrypted, but they also allow you to use usernames rather than your phone number or Apple ID.
Even the platform itself has no way of knowing who you are, or who you’re calling!
How To Place A FaceTime Call
In case you’ve never placed a FaceTime call before, doing so is actually quite easily!
Many people don’t know this, but FaceTime isn’t just for video calling either. You can use it for audio calls as well, which is a great way to call somebody normally without the call appearing on the bill in any way.
Of course, the other person has to have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch in order to call them this way, as FaceTime is Apple-only software.
Anyhow, to place a FaceTime call, follow these steps!
- Open the FaceTime app.
- Tap on the big green button that says, ‘New FaceTime.’
- If the person you wish to call is automatically suggested, just tap on their name. Otherwise, type in their contact name, Apple ID, or phone number.
- Alternatively, tap on the plus icon to pull up a list of your contacts.
Once you select the person you wish to call, the call will be made.
Alternatively, you can also FaceTime people directly from your contacts app as well!
Currently, FaceTime calls do not show up on your phone bill.
This is true even if you place your call over cellular data.
While your cellular provider may be able to see your total data usage, they will not log the details about FaceTime calls, and there is no way to view it on the bill even if you wanted to.
Therefore, you can feel safe to FaceTime as much as you want without the details leaking to others.
I hope that you’ve found this article to be helpful. If you have any other questions about FaceTime, please ask them using the comment form below.
Wishing you the best,
– James McAllister