How to disable FaceTime and protect your privacy

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By now you have probably heard about the bug that's been discovered in Apple's FaceTime. In short it is an exploit that lets you connect a call you have placed rather than waiting for the recipient to pick up -- so you can then listen to audio and watch video.

Apple is working on a fix, and it you want to be sure that you don't fall victim to eavesdropping, you should think about disabling FaceTime on your iOS device. Here's how to do just that.

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As FaceTime is available on iOS and macOS, it is possible that you own numerous devices that support the service. To be on the safe side, it's probably a good idea to disable FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad and Mac, at least until Apple issues a fix.

To disable FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Tap Settings > FaceTime.
  2. Tap the toggle to the off position.

To disable FaceTime on your Mac:

  1. Launch the FaceTime app.
  2. Click the FaceTime
  3. Select the Turn FaceTime Off

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