Major Apple FaceTime Bug Lets People Eavesdrop On You

January 29, 2019

If you haven't done so yet, you need to disable FaceTime ASAP.

According to the website 9to5mac a HUGE bug in Apple's FaceTime software allows for users to listen in on others without their knowledge. The bug lets users to call someone via FaceTime and hear whatever audio is coming from the other jperson's phone before they've even accepted or rejected the call. 

All someone has to do is place a FaceTime call to someone who has an OS with Group FaceTime (iOS 12.1 or later), and while the call is dialing swipe up and add their own phone number to a group call. That prompts the ability for them to hear audio from the phone of the person they've called without consent. Users have also replicated the bug on Mac as well.


It's also been discovered that if the recipient dismisses the call by hitting the power or volume buttons, the bug transmits their video as well. Apple has disabled the Group FaceTime feature for iOS and macOS and plans to release a fix later this week. Even with Apple having disabled the feature causing the issue, it's still suggested that you disable FaceTime altogether until they release the update. On your iOS device:

  • Open settings
  • Scroll down to "FaceTime"
  • Turn off FaceTime