Use FaceTime? It’s probably time to turn it off for a while.
On Monday, Apple acknowledged a bug with its video-calling app where users can eavesdrop on your conversations even if you don’t answer the call.
The bug involves starting a FaceTime call, swiping up to add a person then entering your own phone number. The move starts a group call and automatically answers the call for the first person, enabling someone to listen in without their knowledge.
In a statement to USA TODAY, Apple said it is “aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.” Apple also disabled the app’s group chat function.
The problem with FaceTime: Apple FaceTime bug lets people eavesdrop on your iPhone or Mac without your knowledge
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In the meantime, you can stay off FaceTime until the bug is addressed. Here’s what to do if you own an Apple device:
For iOS devices (iPhones, iPads)
1. Go to Settings.
2. Scroll down to FaceTime.
3. Toggle the FaceTime switch off.
1. Open the FaceTime app.
2. Scroll to FaceTime in the upper-left corner.
3. Select turn FaceTime off.
If you are considering a switch to another video calling app, there are several out there, including Microsoft’s Skype, Google Duo and Facebook Messenger.
Contributing: Eli Blumenthal, The Associated Press. Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.