Let’s say you are making a facetime call to someone and suddenly you saw a message saying “Facetime unavailable”.
The one thing that comes to your mind; what does facetime unavailable means, and what is it trying to indicate.
If you look at the message, it is self explanatory. Facetime unavailable meaning is that Facetime was not unavailable at that particular time. Let’s go through the core question of this article which is ; what does it mean when it says facetime unavailable.
What Does Facetime Unavailable Mean?
The meaning of Facetime unavailable message is simply the call was not answered by the recipient or it was declined.
This is very common if you are doing a facetime video call. After a continuous beep or ring, the next thing that follows is facetime is unavailable.
Usually, people have one notion saying; does facetime unavailable mean they declined. is it correct or not. Mostly the problem is front he recipient side.
Why does it say facetime unavailable?
Below we listed various reasons why does it say facetime unavailable
- When the recipient phone enabled do not disturb mode or focus mode is on
- When the recipient is canceling the facetime call
- When the recipient phone is switched off
- When the recipient blocked you on facetime
- When the recipient disabled facetime
- When the recipient is ignoring the facetime call
- When the recipient has no active internet connection
Let’s see each point one by one and get into more details.
1. When the recipient has enabled do not disturb mode or focus mode is on
focus mode or do not disturb mode are used by user to block facetime and cellular call on iPhones.
If the has enabled the do not disturb option in their phone, all the facetime call done in that particular period of will end with a message “facetime unavailable”.
Opposite to cellular calls, where is the calls are unanswered it redirects to voice mail where user can leave a message but in the case of facetime there is no voice mail option you will see facetime unavailable after ringing.
2. When the recipient is declining the facetime call
Moving to 2nd probable cause because of which facetime is showing unavailable in your Apple iPhone is that the recipient is declining the call intentionally.
If the recipient taps the cancel button while receiving your facetime call, the call will end right away and you will again see the same error message.
To confirm that recipient has cancelled the call, there is one way.
Just go to the call logs and check the call details you made. If it says cancelled call. It means it is declined by the other user or the person is not available to take this call so it has been declined by the user.
3. When The Recipient Disabled Facetime
Another probable cause for this problem could be disabled facetime.
The person you are trying to call has disabled the facetime and due which your call is not going through.
Though it happens in very rare case but we can’t ignore this.
If someone has disabled their facetime. Then, any new FaceTime call then receive will not be displayed to them.
Event through at the caller’s end he / she will hear ringing sound up to 30 second or max 11 rings and the call ends with the same error message.
4. When The Recipient Has No Active Internet Connection
This is one of the most common reason behind the unavailability of the facetime.
We all know facetime work on voice over internet protocol method to make and receive calls, be it audio or video.
For any reason, if the user’s internet quota is over or don’t have internet access at all. You will get to see the same facetime error.
5. When The Recipient Is Ignoring The Facetime Call
This reason sounds personal but could be the probable cause of facetime’s unavailability error message.
May be the person does not want to talk to you and hence ignoring your call.
Ignoring facetime call will also result in the same error message
6. When The Recipient has blocked you on Facetime
This one is quite popular and bother most of the user facing this problem. if you happen to blocked on FaceTime by the recipient, it will show facetime unavailable on iPhone error message.
Because of this reason, a lot of users search for; how to know if someone has blocked you on facetime.
Once you are blocked, there is no way your facetime call will go through until you get unblocked by the recepient.
But, to make sure that you are actually blocked by the user there are quick way. See below
- Call them through cellular network- If the call is going through and the user picks up. it means are not blocked. in case of opposite then you may be blocked.
- Send iMessage to recepient and check if a delivered tag comes below the message if yes, then you are not blocked. otherwise you are blocked.
To sum up above to points, if the user has blocked you on iPhone, then you wont be able to call or send iMessage.
Does facetime unavailable mean they declined
No, facetime unavailable does not necessarily means they declined. there are many other reason which may be causing this.
To confirm, that the reason is declined. First make sure that your number is not blocked on recipient’s iPhone by following the tips mentioned above.
If you are sure, that you are not blocked, then it’s highly likely that they just declined the call due any reason and may be call back later.
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