A newly discovered FaceTime software bug was flagged by 9to5Mac on Monday, in which it gets activated when you call someone via FaceTime, swipe up to add another person to the call and add your own phone number.
The person who initiated the call is then able to hear the live audio on the other person’s phone, even though the recipient has not accepted the call.
The bug works on iPhones and iPads running iOS 12.1, and Apple PCs running macOS Mojave, which have the recently added Group FaceTime feature.
Apple said in a statement Monday night that it has identified a fix for the problem and will release it in a software update later this week.
In the meantime, Apple’s website indicates Group FaceTime is unavailable, and the company confirmed it has started disabling the Group FaceTime feature for all users.
How-to Disable iPhone FaceTime Bug
To avoid falling victim to the bug, we highly recommend to disable FaceTime on all your devices until Apple’s software updates have been released.
On an iPhone or iPad, go
- Settings -> FaceTime, and toggle off the green button at the top of the screen.
To turn it off on a Mac:
- Open the FaceTime app and go to FaceTime on top of the screen, then select “Turn FaceTime Off.”