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

ByUmar Ali – September 2, 2019

Learn How to turn off your FaceTime App on your Mac machine, iPad, or iPhone. Go offline on the FaceTime App feature from multiple devices. The feature of this app turns on when you configure your device for the first time. Most users would not take part to use the app and can turn off the feature from any device.

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Reasons to Turn off FaceTime on Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac

People care about their privacy and security which push them to restrict the FT app from their device. Due to the fact that a large number of bug spotted in the App previously. These bug triggering auto-answer call and the caller is listening to your communication. In the circumstances, the user didn’t know the auto-answer call via FT and someone else listening him/her.

The auto answering bug already rectifies and the app is stable now. But still, people are a concern for their privacy that might spy on them. They always choose to disable the function of FaceTime.

Fortunately, it is very simple to turn or disable the feature off on iPhone, iPad or Mac.

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How to Turn off FaceTime on Your iPad and iPhone

Keep in mind that when you disable FaceTime while using an iPad or iPhone. All the video calls notification will stop notifying you. This notification feature will not work anymore. But to the caller person, it will show that you are not answering the call. You might need to excuse him when you face him any day. If you want to disable this feature in your device then you need to follow the steps below.

  1. Open your Settings on your iPad or iPhone
  2. Go to the FaceTime option
  3. Toggle the FaceTime to Turn Off

iPhone Settings FaceTime

The detail concern to your FT account will appear on your screen. If you want, you can stop or disable one phone numbers or one addresses or multiple where you can be reached. You can block email addresses which associated with your account, but there is no option to block your phone number.

Facetime ID

To configure such option, you will have to stop or turn off FaceTime completely. You can do this by tapping on the toggle next to FaceTime shown in below screenshot.

Turn off toggle facetime

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How to Turn Off FaceTime on your Mac

To turn off this feature on your Mac you can do it with different methods. The first method is by launching the Facetime app on your Mac. You can click on the Launchpad button from the Dock or search for it using spotlight and then click the FT icon. Once you launched the app to your Mac then you need to follow the followings steps.

Method #1

  1. Open the app
  2. Click FaceTime in the top menu bar
  3. Click on Preferences
  4. Uncheck the Enable this Account option in the preferences window

Mac FaceTime PreferencesApple ID enable this account

Method #2

In the second method, you can disable the FTime to go to the menu bar. Then click the app and proceed to Turn FaceTime off option or Pressing Cmd+K will also work.

Turn FaceTime Off MAC

After you disable FaceTime, then no more worries about this app communication. After all, you will not receive any call or notification. Now you can continue using your device with no FaceT feature over the internet. If you still want to make some free conference calls then try to use other options like Skype or Google Hangouts and WhatsApp calls.


Lets share with you some of the frequently asked questions by various people might you are interested to read it.

How to turn off and restrict FaceTime on iPhone or iPad

Here are the following alternative ways to turn off and restrict FaceTime on iPhone, iPad:

How to disable FaceTime over cellular

  • Go to your iPhone or iPad Home screen and open the Settings app
  • Tap on the Cellular option
  • Go down to the Use Cellular Data For section
  • Find and select the toggle the switch beside to FaceTime Off
  • Repeat the procedure and select toggle the switch to On to reenable FaceTime access over cellular data

How to use parental controls to restrict FaceTime in iOS 11 and earlier

  • Go to the Home screen of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and tap on the Settings app to open
  • select the General midway down the list
  • Press the Restrictions midway down the list
  • Select Enable Restrictions option if they are not enabled already
  • Type a passcode
  • Select the switch next to FaceTime to disable it

This will completely hide the FaceTime application from the Home screen and disappear the FaceTime feature in the Phone application for iPhone device as well.

To disable or remove the restriction, repeat the above instructions and toggle the FaceTime slider back to the ON position.

How to restrict FaceTime in iOS 12

Since iOS 12 device has a new Screen Time feature that allows you to lunch and curb usage, so restrictions have moved into that section in iOS 12.

  • Form your device Home screen option Settings
  • Tap on the Screen Time
  • Select the Content & Privacy Restrictions
  • Set up a four-digit restriction passcode and Re-enter to confirm it
  • Tap on the Switch Next to Content & Privacy
  • Select to Allowed Apps
  • Tap on the switch next to FaceTime to disable or Turn off the app

Now you will be unable to view FaceTime on your device Home screen. You will have to follow the above-given instruction a let FaceTime again for it to work.

Sign in to or out of FaceTime on Mac

Before you can make or receive phone calls or FaceTime calls on your Mac, you will require to sign in to FaceTime using your Apple ID and enable or Turn FaceTime on.

Once you sign out of FaceTime, you cannot receive FaceTime calls or phone calls until you sign in back again. If you want to stay signed in to FaceTime but stop getting or receiving calls, you can turn FaceTime off.

For more detailed information regarding system requirements for using FaceTime, click here.

What happens when you disable facetime

Remember of one thing of is once you disable FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad, you will stop receiving notifications from video calls. But to the caller, it will similar that you are not answering. For that, you will have to turn off FaceTime completely. You can do this by tapping on the toggle next to FaceTime.

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