How to setup, enable, disable, or restrict FaceTime

FaceTime is automatically activated as part of the overall setup process you go through the first time you turn on a new iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac. If for some reason it doesn’t seem to have been activated, or if you’d rather turn it off, you can also enable or disable FaceTime at any time. If you’re worried about children having access to FaceTime, you can even lock it out completely using parental restrictions.

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How to enable or disable FaceTime

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
  2. Tap on FaceTime.
  3. Toggle the FaceTime slider at the very top to the ON position.

FaceTime will start the activation process and you’ll soon be able to make video calls. To disable FaceTime

If you ever want to re-enable FaceTime, you can just pop back into settings and turn it on again.

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How to use parental controls to restrict FaceTime

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
  2. Tap on General midway down the list.
  3. Tap on Restrictions midway down the list.
  4. Tap on Enable Restrictions if they’re not enabled already, and set a passcode.
  5. Toggle the FaceTime slider to OFF to disable it

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On the iPhone, FaceTime will no longer be an option in the Phone app, and on iPad or iPod touch, the FaceTime app will no longer be present on the Home screen or available via Spotlight.

To remove the restriction, repeat the above process and toggle the FaceTime slider back to the ON position.