How To Make FaceTime Video Calls Over 3G In iOS 5

One of the features that didn’t make it to iOS 5 was the ability to make FaceTime – Apple’s video calling feature over 3G.

However, it is possible to enable it on iPhone 4 by hacking one of the system files.

Here are the step by step instructions to enable the feature natively on your jailbroken iPhone 4:

Step 1: Download iFile for iPhone from Cydia or iExplorer for Mac and Windows

Step 2: Browse to /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/

Step 3: Open the file named N90AP.plist (please take a backup of your iPhone before making any changes so you can restore it from the backup if you hit any issue)

Step 4: Below the <dict> line, under <key>capabilities</key>, add in <key>3Gvenice</key><true/>

Step 5: Save the changes.

If you’ve jailbroken your iOS device then jailbreak apps like My3G that allow you to make FaceTime calls over 3G.

That’s it, you should now be able to make FaceTime calls over 3G.

As always, let us know how it goes.

[via RedmondPie]

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Categories: Hacks, iOS 5, 5.0.1, 5.0.2

  • Dave Kristiansen

    I can make FaceTime calls with tango . Just have to have the app.

    • StopDrinkingThaKool-Aid

      Thank you for illuminating us with something we are not talking about.

  • A

    I hv yet to jb my ip4s yet but last time there’s a cydia tweak called Facebreak to use FaceTime over 3G. Or is it tt this tweak doesn’t work on ios5?

    • cobra

      same thing to my ip4s not work. i can’t find springboard.app in my mac puzzle….My ip4s is 5.0.1

      • Hulk2

        How do u jailbreak 4s on 5.0

        • Brad

          U don’t jailbreak the 4s

  • Ismael

    Just use MY3G from Cydia it works on IOS5

    • Jared

      dingbat, the 4s isn’t jailbreakable yet.

      • Kimk69

        Lol.

      • GallardoMrt

        So no JB means no file explorer for 4S as well :)

  • Jon

    This allows FaceTime over 3G for FREE! Facebreak and my3g cost money. Wish the plist file could be modified without JB so I can enable on my 4s

    • A

      I dun get it. Wat u meant by Facebreak and my3G cost money? I downloaded the tweak frm cydia for free. Or u meant to say that after modifying the plist, it will not incur money frm the carrier when using FaceTime?

    • tony

      Jon you can modify it without jailbreaking. That is what this post is showing you how to do!

      • aquim

        how do you modify the plist without jail breaking then ?

        • tony

          Aquim it tells you on the post download iexplorer and search for that file and add wht they told you

          • nope

            It still needs to be jailbroken silly…the directions above say:

            “Here are the step by step instructions to enable the feature natively on your jailbroken iPhone 4″

      • City23

        Re-read! It states…..Here are the step by step instructions to enable the feature natively on your jailbroken iPhone 4:
        Conclusion, you HAVE to be jailbroken!

  • http://www.motorbeam.com/ fas

    Now facetime makes some sense, because with wifi, its very restricted.

    • A

      With 3G, it’s still restricted. Can’t make video calls to non iPhones. Sigh.

      • Zolk

        This answers my question. Lame.
        (Though, I can’t find a video calling option on my HTC Evo 3D either – also lame!)

        • ricengga

          if you root it then u can use fringe I’ve done it before

    • City23

      No one mentioned, 3GUnrestricter. This is only for JB-ing iPhones. You can FaceTime with 3G. This is actually old. I have been using it for a year or more.

  • http://gmail.com

    I love these DIY hacks but what’s the point? Plenty of people with iThings but the requirement for bothe people to be on a wifi network throughout a FaceTime with both on iphone4 or newer device call has made it that Ive never used it. This needs to be an out of the box 3G feature with cross platform support

  • cj

    I don’t understand. i guess you have to be jailbroken to do this. cause iexplorer won’t access root inless its jailbroken. i hope im wrong if i am someone please let me know thanks

  • King Cobra

    Isn’t there anyone that has the skills to break iphone and the 3G video call issue?
    As I understand it, iphone has all the prerequisites that needs to call and receive 3G video call from any 3G cellphone.
    Hope to find my future idol here!

  • Jonny H

    Is this a sentence?:

    If you’ve jailbroken your iOS device then jailbreak apps like My3G that allow you to make FaceTime calls over 3G.

    Shouldn’t “that” be removed?:

    If you’ve jailbroken your iOS device then jailbreak apps like My3G allow you to make FaceTime calls over 3G.

    • King Cobra

      Just FaceTime to FaceTime.

  • Dice

    Wait!, so i cant face time with my 4s over 3g!!!!!??? WTF!?

    • King Cobra

      It´s really annoying. Semi-finished it feels like! But everything is in the phone so I am trying to understand what stops it.

  • Sunny

    Or you can simply download 3G unristrictor from cydia and add phone on it google or YouTube for more.
    Peace

    • King Cobra

      But isn’t it the same thing? App to App…. skype to skype…..
      For example; your old mom who has a 3G cellphone from 2005 wants to video call you. But she can’t get through because you have bought a semi-finished iphone!

      Look at Samsung Galaxy, you can do everything included standard 3G video call.

      I

  • Brad

    Wish I didn’t trade my galaxy s2 for this iPhone 4s

    • Ade

      So, is it possible or not, without doing anything to my iphone4, to do video call using 3G network?

  • MarvFali

    My3G is the answer to almost all WiFi related problems in any Jailbroken iPhone. I bought the tweak because it is worth the dollar. I’ve made calls to my buddies using that tweak and it helps you download apps that’s more than 20MB in size. I recommend that tweak

  • Trinads

    Your phone HAS to b jailbroken to access iFile. iPhone 4S CAN’T b jailbroken YET, b patient, the jailbreak will b here shortly. Yes u can use 3rd party apps like 3G unrestricted or My3G, but this tweak eliminates the need for that 3rd party app, which means more free space on ur phone. All this tweak does is enable a feature that’s already installed, just like the panarama view in the camera. It’s a great tweak & works great too. Remember to respring after changing in p.list