Want to listen to your friends' calls? Thanks to a bug in Apple's FaceTime service, all you have to do is call them through FaceTime on their iPhone or Mac. You can then use the phone's microphone to hear what's happening, even if they do not download the call.
This serious bug is now known by anyone reading technical news. (It has been tested and verified by The Verge staff.) In fact, it is quite easy to prevent someone from invading your privacy until Apple can repair the bug later this week. Just turn off FaceTime.
In fact, Apple has temporarily turned off the Group FaceTime feature in iOS and macOS, which it says should address the error for now. But if you want to be completely safe you can turn it off completely from the end. This turns off both video and audio, FaceTime calls, but it is a security measure to be taken until this nasty bug is fixed.
- Open the FaceTime app
- Go to the menu and click "FaceTime"
- Go to "Preferences"
- Uncheck "Enable this account"
- Go to the menu and click "Turn off FaceTime off"
On iPhone and iPad:
- Go to the setting app
- Scroll to "FaceTime"
- Change "FaceTime off "
If you're a FaceTime fan, stay tuned. We'll notify you when Apple resolves the issue.