There’s a Huge Bug in FaceTime. Disable It Now

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The bug can be reproduced by starting a FaceTime call, swiping up from the bottom and clicking "Add person" and adding your own phone number to the conversation.

Right now FaceTime is a great way to keep up with what friends and family are doing - without them knowing.

As shown above, we were able to personally replicate the bug with the call being made from iPhone XR to an iPhone 8 with both devices running on OS 12.1.2. In summary, all you have to do is start a FaceTime call.

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FaceTime is a video chat app developed by Apple and supported on iOS devices and Mac computers. When testing it against an Apple Watch, though, we were not able to get the audio portion of the bug to work.

Apple Inc said on Monday it will issue a software patch later this week for a bug that lets iPhone users hear audio from users who have not yet accepted a video call. For them, it looks like you're trying to FaceTime with them, but there's no indication that you can hear them (or, if you make noise, they can hear you). Even worse, if the person that is being called presses the power button to mute the FaceTime call, the front facing camera would turn on as well. At this point in time, disabling FaceTime or immediately dismissing FaceTime calls appear to be the only protection against snooping. You can disable FaceTime on your iPhone by heading to Settings and toggle the FaceTime icon to gray.

"We're aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week", an Apple spokesperson has told multiple media outlets. You'll get better sleep either way.