How to Set up FaceTime on an iPod Touch

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The iPod Touch has many of the same features and functions as the iPhone, except the iPod Touch can't connect to a cellular network and make phone calls. Still, when connected to Wi-Fi, iPod users can have FaceTime video or audio chats with other FaceTime users. Here's a look at how to set up your iPod Touch and make and receive FaceTime video and audio calls over Wi-Fi.

To use FaceTime on an iPod Touch, you'll need a fourth-generation or newer iPod Touch, an Apple ID, and a Wi-Fi connection.

Setting up FaceTime on Your iPod Touch

Unlike the iPhone, the iPod Touch doesn't have a phone number assigned to it. Instead, your Apple ID email address serves as your phone number. If someone places a FaceTime call to you, they'll use your Apple ID email address.

To get started, make sure FaceTime is enabled on your iPod Touch, and then register your Apple ID.

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Scroll down and select FaceTime.

  3. Toggle on FaceTime to enable FaceTime on your iPod Touch.

    Turning on FaceTime in iOS
  4. Select Use your Apple ID for FaceTime and sign in with your Apple ID.

Make a FaceTime Call With Your iPod Touch

To place a FaceTime call, you'll need the phone number or Apple ID email address of the person you want to call.

  1. Open the FaceTime app.

  2. Tap the plus button (+) and type the person's phone number or email address.

    (Alternatively, select a contact from the list.)

    If you have the person's phone number or email address saved in your Contacts, start typing their name and then tap the name when it appears. Then tap Audio or Video.

  3. Tap the phone number or email address again, and then tap Audio (for an audio-only call) or Video.

    Starting a new FaceTime call
  4. Your FaceTime call has been placed.

    To see more during a FaceTime video call, rotate your iPod Touch to use landscape orientation. 

  5. If no one answers your call, tap Leave a Message to leave a message, tap Cancel to cancel the call, or tap Call Back to try calling back.

FaceTime not working on your iPod Touch? We've got tips on how to fix it when FaceTime isn't working.

Start a FaceTime Call From a Messages Conversation

You can easily switch from a text conversation to a FaceTime call.

  1. Open a conversation in Messages.

  2. Tap the profile picture or name at the top of the conversation.

  3. Tap FaceTime.

    Starting a FaceTime call from Messages

Receiving a FaceTime Call

When a FaceTime call comes in, tap Accept to take the call, Decline to decline the call, Remind Me to set a reminder to call the person back, or Message to send a text message to the caller.

If you're on another call when a FaceTime call comes in, tap End & Accept to end the current call and accept the new call, or Hold & Accept to put the current call on hold while you answer the new call.

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