How to Set Up FaceTime for iPod Touch

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Setting Up FaceTime on iPod Touch

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Last Updated: May 22, 2015

The iPod touch is often called "an iPhone without the phone" because it has almost all the same features as the iPhone. One major difference between the two is the iPhone's ability to connect to cellular phone networks. With it, iPhone users can have FaceTime video chats almost anywhere they can make a call. The iPod touch only has Wi-Fi, but as long as you're connected to a Wi-Fi network, touch owners can enjoy FaceTime, too.

Before you start making video calls to people all around the world, there are a few things you should know about setting up and using FaceTime.

Requirements

In order to use FaceTime on the iPod touch you need:

What's Your FaceTime Phone Number?

Unlike the iPhone, the iPod touch doesn't have a phone number assigned to it. Because of that, making a FaceTime call to someone using a touch isn't just a matter of typing in a phone number. Instead, you need to use something in place of a phone number to allow the devices to communicate.

In this case, you'll use your Apple ID and the email address connected to it. That's why logging into your Apple ID during the setup of the device is so important. Without that, FaceTime, iCloud, iMessage, and a bunch of other web-based services won't know how to connect to your touch.

Setting Up FaceTime

In recent years, Apple has made getting started with FaceTime on the touch much easier than it was when the 4th-gen. touch was first introduced. Now, FaceTime is enabled as part of the process of setting up your device. As long as you log in to an Apple ID as part of the set-up process, you'll automatically be configured to use FaceTime on your device.

If you didn't turn on FaceTime during set up, just follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Settings app
  2. Scroll down and tap FaceTime
  3. Enter your password and tap Sign In
  4. Review the email addresses configured for FaceTime. Tap to select or remove them, then tap Next.

Read on for more tips on how to use FaceTime in just the way you want on your iPod touch.

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Adding FaceTime Addresses

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Because FaceTime uses your Apple ID in place of a phone number, that means that the email associated with your Apple ID is the way people can FaceTime you on your touch. Instead of typing in a phone number, they enter an email address, tap call, and talk to you that way.

But you're not limited to the email address used with your Apple ID. You can add multiple email addresses to work with FaceTime. This is helpful if you have multiple emails and not every who you want to FaceTime with has the email used with your Apple ID.

In this case, you can add additional email addresses to FaceTime by following these steps:

  1. Tap the Settings app
  2. Scroll down and tap FaceTime
  3. Scroll down to the You can be reached by FaceTime at: section and tap Add Another Email
  4. Type the email address you want to add
  5. If you're asked to log in with your Apple ID, do so
  6. You'll also be asked to verify that this new email should be used for FaceTime (this is a security measure to prevent someone who steals your iPod touch from getting your FaceTime calls).

    The verification may be done by email or on another device using the same Apple ID (I got a pop up on my Mac, for instance). When you get the verification request, approve the addition.

Now, someone can use any email address you have listed here to FaceTime you.

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Changing Caller ID for FaceTime

FaceTime addresses and caller id

When you start a FaceTime video chat, your Caller ID shows up on the other person's device so they know who they'll be chatting with. On an iPhone, the Caller ID is your name and phone number. Since the touch doesn't have a phone number, it uses your email address.

If you've got more than one email address set up for FaceTime on your touch, you can choose which one displays for caller ID. To do that:

  1. Tap the Settings app
  2. Scroll down and tap FaceTime
  3. Scroll down to Caller ID
  4. Tap the email address you want to be displayed when FaceTiming.
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How to Disable FaceTime

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If you want to turn off FaceTime permanently, or for long stretches of time, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Settings app
  2. Swipe down to FaceTime. Tap it
  3. Move the FaceTime slider to off/white.

To enable it again, just move the FaceTime slider to On/green. 

If you need to turn off FaceTime for a short period of time—when you're in a meeting or at church, for instance—a quicker way to turn FaceTime on and off is Do Not Disturb (this also blocks phone calls and push notifications).

Learn how to use Do Not Disturb

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Start Using FaceTime

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How to Make a FaceTime Call

To start a FaceTime video call on your iPod touch, you'll need a device that supports it, a network connection, and some contacts stored in your touch's Contacts app. If you don't have any contacts, you can get them by:

Once you've met those requirements, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the FaceTime app to launch it
  2. There are two ways to select the person you want to chat with: By entering their information or by search
  3. Entering Their Information: If you know the phone number or email address of the person you want to FaceTime, type it into the Enter name, email, or number field. If the person has FaceTime set up for what you entered, you'll see a FaceTime icon. Tap it to call them
  4. Search: To search the contacts already saved on your touch, start typing the name of the person you want to call. When their name shows up, if the FaceTime icon is next to it, that means they've got FaceTime set up. Tap the icon to call them.

How to Answer a FaceTime Call

​Answering a FaceTime call is much easier: when the call comes in, tap the green answer call button and you'll be chatting in no time!