How To View FaceTime Call History On iPhone And iPad
One of Apple’s more unique and useful features is FaceTime. Unlike standard calling functions, FaceTime lets iOS users video chat with each other. The process of calling another user is immensely simple. Any Apple Product owner knows there are two separate applications for calling; the Calling App and the FaceTime App.
But, what you may not know is how to view the FaceTime calling history.
For those iPhone and iPad owners who often use FaceTime audio and video, you may already know that people can use both emails and phone numbers when making a FaceTime call. This is why it’s important to understand how to access FaceTime call history that will only show FaceTime activity instead of with your regular call history.
How to View Your FaceTime Call History
Viewing your call history on FaceTime is much like viewing the standard calling history. Fortunately, you can view the history on iOS or macOS devices. Let’s review both.
How to View FaceTime Call History iOS (iPhone and iPad)
Whether you’re using an iPhone or iPad, you can follow these steps to view your FaceTime history:
- Open the screen on your device and tap on the FaceTime app. Note: If you can’t find the app on your home screen, swipe all the way to the left and type ‘FaceTime’ into the Search bar.
- When you open the app, you’ll see a list of recent FaceTime calls.
Scroll down through the list viewing your history. If you have iCloud set up, you can view all of your FaceTime history from all of your Apple devices here.
How to View Your FaceTime History on a Mac
As mentioned above, you can view your FaceTime history on other Apple devices as long as you are logged into your iCloud account. If you’re using your Mac, follow these steps:
- Open FaceTime on your Mac. Note: If you can’t find the FaceTime app on your Mac’s dock, open the Applications folder and type ‘FaceTime’ in the search bar.
- Your FaceTime history will appear in the list on the left-hand side.
That’s all there is to it. Of course, if you delete your FaceTime call history (which we’ll discuss in the next section), the information will not appear.
How to Sync FaceTime on All Apple Devices
If all of your Apple devices are synced properly, you can view the FaceTime call history on any one of them. But first, you’ll need to make sure that all of your devices are synced. When you first set up a new Apple device, this should take effect automatically. But, if it doesn’t, here’s how to sync FaceTime calls on all of your devices:
- Open the Settings on your iPhone or iPad. Tap on FaceTime.
- Verify that there is a blue checkmark next to your Apple ID under the You can be reached by FaceTime at heading.
If you have a Mac, the steps are slightly different. Here’s how to ensure that all of your FaceTime are syncing with your Mac:
- Open FaceTime on your Mac. In the far upper left-hand corner, tap on FaceTime. Then, tap on Preferences in the dropdown.
- Verify that your Apple ID is enabled for Facetime. Then, make sure that the box next to your Apple ID contains the blue checkmark.
Now, all of your FaceTime calls should go to all of your Apple devices which means that the history shoud appear on all devices too.
How to Delete FaceTime History
If you’ve found FaceTime calls that you’d rather delete, it’s quite simple.
On your iOS device, all you need to do is swipe the call to the left and tap ‘Delete’ or the subtraction symbol depending on which version of iOS you’re running.
Mac users will need to left-click (Control+click) the call and click to remove the recent call.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are more answers to your questions about Apple’s FaceTime history.
Can I view my FaceTime call history in my cell phone account?
Perhaps you didn’t see the history you were looking for using the methods above. With standard phone calls, your cell phone carrier keeps a log of numbers dialed. But FaceTime is different. FaceTime is made using the internet or your mobile data. Therefore, your carrier can’t possibly know which phone numbers or Apple IDs you’ve called.
The only way to see your FaceTime call history is to view it directly from the device, as shown above.
How do I view deleted FaceTime history?
As stated above, the only way to view your FaceTime history is from the device itself. But, things get a little more complicated when you’re looking for delete history. That’s because it no longer exists on the device. Fortunately, there are a couple of things you can try to get the history back.
First, check your other Apple devices. If you have an iPad, Mac, or old iPhone, check those devices first. Even though you’ve deleted the call history from one device, it may still appear on another.
Next, you can restore your device with an older iCloud backup. The FaceTime history resides in your iCloud. Note: It’s better to restore another device rather than the one you use daily because you will lose any new information you have on the device dating back to the date of the backup you’re restoring.
You’ll need to factory reset your device to restore it from an older iCloud backup. Once restored, the FaceTime call history should appear.
Lastly, you could use data recovery software to retrieve your FaceTime call history. Here’s a list of our top 6 data recovery tools available for free online.
Can I see my FaceTime call history in the calling app?
Absolutely! If you’d rather use the standard calling application, you can differentiate regular phone calls and FaceTime calls by the camera icon to the left of the contact.
My history isn’t showing. What’s happening?
Although it’s a reliable operating system, iOS can still present glitches and errors. Assuming you didn’t delete your call history by accident or recently factory reset your device, there are a couple of reasons your call history may not show.
First, if it’s a glitch, you can try resetting the Network Settings on your device. Some users have found this to be the fastest solution. All you need to do is open the Settings on your iPhone, navigate to General>Reset>Reset Network Settings.
If you’ve recently switched devices or carriers, the call history may not reappear. Lastly, your call log will only hold so much history. This means that some of your calls may no longer be available in your FaceTime history.