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

FaceTime section in Settings on iPhone showing against white background
Khamosh Pathak

FaceTime is automatically activated when you set up your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. If you don’t plan on using this feature, or if you don’t want your contacts to get in touch using FaceTime, you can simply turn it off.

Why Should You Turn Off FaceTime?

You might want to turn off or restrict FaceTime for privacy or security reasons. In early 2019, a huge Group FaceTime bug was discovered that let a caller listen in on your iPhone or iPad even before you picked up the call. That bug has now been fixed.

But if you’re still not sure about the security of your account, you can disable FaceTime altogether. Once you do this, you won’t be able to make or receive FaceTime calls.

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How to Turn Off FaceTime on iPhone and iPad

One thing to be aware of is when you disable FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad, you will stop receiving notifications for video calls. But to the caller, it will look like you’re not answering.

To disable the feature, open your Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and find the “FaceTime” section.

Select the FaceTime option from the Settings screen

On this screen, you’ll see all the details regarding your FaceTime account. If you want, you can disable one or multiple phone numbers or addresses where you can be reached. While you can disable email addresses associated with your account, you can’t disable your phone number.

Check the ways you can be reached via FaceTime

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