How to Turn Off FaceTime on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    There's a serious bug affecting FaceTime right now, which lets someone who calls you hear the audio on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac even if you don't answer the call.

    There does not appear to be any way to avoid getting these unwanted calls, short of turning off FaceTime. Luckily, it's easy to do.


    How to Turn Off FaceTime on Your iPhone and iPad

    1. Open the Settings app.
    2. Scroll down to FaceTime.
    3. Click on the toggle next to "FaceTime."
    This will turn off FaceTime on your specific device, but you will need to deactivate FaceTime on all of your iPhones and iPads to avoid unwanted spy calls if you use FaceTime connection methods other than a phone number.

    How to Turn Off FaceTime on macOS

    1. Open up the FaceTime app.
    2. Click on "FaceTime" in the menu bar.
    3. Select "Turn FaceTime Off."
    You can also choose "Preferences" and deselect "Enable this account to deactivate FaceTime.

    With FaceTime disabled, no one will be able to secretly FaceTime call you to listen to your audio. With FaceTime enabled, anyone can exploit a Group FaceTime bug to place a call to you that will allow them to listen to your audio even if you don't accept the FaceTime call.

    Article Link: How to Turn Off FaceTime on iPhone, iPad, and Mac
  2. -BigMac- macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    How to turn off Facetime.

    Click “Turn off Facetime”.

    The more you know;)
  3. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    If someone needs to read a manual to turn off facetime, he or she won't know about MacRumors. But hopefully this will come up in Google...
  4. max.ine macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2016
    I never use FaceTime anyway, so this is good to know.
  5. ipooed macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2014
    This doesn’t work between my wife’s iPhone 8 (11.4.1) and my ip7+ (12.1.3) both devices must have to be on iOS 12.
  6. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I think that's b/c Group FaceTime was an iOS 12 feature.
  7. Darmok N Jalad macrumors 68000

    Darmok N Jalad

    Sep 26, 2017
    Apple’s privacy initiative starts now!
  8. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    The big downside to this is most people will probably turn off FaceTime and never turn it back on, even after the bug is fixed.

    I like being able to call people with FaceTime audio, because the sound quality is far better than a cellular call. This may prove less reliable in the future.
  9. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    I'm still on iOS 10. Looks like I'm still enjoying the best iOS version.
  10. Treyisfresh macrumors newbie


    Jan 28, 2019
    This could cause a divorce!

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    This could cause a divorce!
  11. rmanbike macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2009
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    Of if you get a call from anyone you dont trust, just power off your phone immediately.
  12. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
    Seems like overkill. If someone was actually worried about a FaceTime attack of this kind, easy enough to decline the call and that ends the whole thing right there.
  13. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Some would stay that would be iOS 6. ;)
  14. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
  15. Googlyhead macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2010
    That's kinda shot down any argument for updating for 'security reasons'.
  16. AZMecha macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2015
    Not :p:p:p
  17. nt5672 macrumors 68000

    Jun 30, 2007
    If you're really concerned, then remove the SIM card, break the phone in half, buy a new phone, and insert SIM card. You secret agents out there can never be too careful. o_O
  18. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    And if you miss the incoming call?
  19. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    There are other issues in older versions that have been addressed. Bugs have been around and will be around. No way to really predict them.
  20. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
    You said "if you get a call from anyone you dont trust, just power off your phone immediately."

    Again, in that scenario, powering off one's phone seems like overkill.
  21. solarmon macrumors regular


    Mar 12, 2015
    I started getting a string of unknown callers — their numbers were shown but not name — shortly after upgrading to IOS 12. I neither answer nor decline. I let it ring. They do not leave voice mails. The calls were from a variety of states, but mostly NY, IN, MO, OH. The calls would come in late afternoon into the evening. I wonder if they were trying to exploit this security lapse.

    I wonder if they listened in. However, I just started turning on Do Not Disturb, and I think that also shuts them down.
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    Lawsuits have already started.
  22. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Phone calls and FaceTime calls are different things.
  23. solarmon macrumors regular


    Mar 12, 2015
    I understand. My point is the scammers are relentless at exploiting security openings. I think the Experian releases, et al, mean they have multiple databases to pinpoint users. Everyone’s a target, it seems. I don’ think its paranoia anymore. It’s fact. Too bad.
  24. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    What I was saying is that it doesn't seem like this was involved in what you were describing and as those were regular phone calls based on description.

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