There is a glitch with FaceTime that is allowing callers to listen in on and even see the people they are calling without that person even picking up.
The issue was first spotted by 9to5Mac on Monday. They noticed that a user can call someone using FaceTime, tap “add person” and add their own phone number. Then, without that user answering the phone, their audio gets streamed into the call.
But wait. It gets worse. If the user uses the phone’s power button to end or decline the call, the audio is cut out but the front-facing camera is not.
Apple says it will have a fix in a software update later this week. It has disabled Group FaceTime until the update is released.
In the meantime, you might want to disable FaceTime completely. If so, this will help:
Disabling FaceTime on an a Mac:
- Open the FaceTime app
- Choose FaceTime in the menu
- Choose “Turn off FaceTime”
Disabling FaceTime on an iPhone or iPad:
- Open Settings
- Scroll down to FaceTime app
- Hit the button, turning green slider to gray