FaceTime Over 3G Is Hidden Inside iOS 5, You Can Enable It Yourself


Our friends over at FSM have posted a nice little tutorial on how you can enable FaceTime over 3G natively in iOS 5 on your jailbroken device. You must be already aware that FaceTime calls require both the caller and the recipient to be connected to a WiFi network. Even though 3G connections are found to support FaceTime calls just fine with pretty decent video quality, Apple does not seem it allow it by default. Though there are a couple of tweaks available on Cydia which can easily override Apple’s restrictions but it turns out that “FaceTime over 3G” is a built-in feature of iOS 5. You just need to enable it!

Here is a simple guide to walk you through the process:

1. You will need a jailbroken iOS 5 device with FaceTime and 3G. Since the 4S and iPad 2 aren’t Jailbroken yet that leaves the iPhone 4.

2. Use your favorite file browser such as iFile for iPhone or iExplorer for mac and windows to navigate to/System/Library/CoreServices/

3. Inside you will find a file called N90AP.plist open it.

4. Add


Directly below <dict> in capabilities as shown below.

That’s it, enjoy!


  • Nick

    Why does it have to be jailbroken? Seems like this is the kind of tweak that could work without a jailbreak.

  • Matt Fraser

    How else can you access the iPhone’s file system?

  • David

    Would that work doing the backup trick?

  • Anonymous

    By modifying the files within the backup.

  • Anonymous

    iExplore won’t access the necessary files unless you’re jailbroken. Without a JB, you can only see the Media and Apps directories on your iPhone. So you won’t be able to navigate to /System/Library/CoreServices/

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure that N90AP is not included in the backups.  I booted to linux hoping for some joy, but alas have found none so far…FT over 3G would pretty much eliminate any need for jailbreaking…:)

  • Asdasddas

    and also being about to d/l anything over 20mb !!!!


     i mean able !

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone tried with the backup trick? Results?

  • Frase

    Maybe it’s Bs. That screenshot from this article is from a jailbroken phone. You sure he just didn’t use the cydia tweak?