A bug in FaceTime lets you listen in to the audio if you try to call someone, even if they don’t pick up.
There’s a FaceTime bug that lets you hear through someone else’s iPhone, even if they haven’t answered your phone call. It was previously reported on Twitter by user Benji Mobb and covered by 9to5Mac.
The Verge noticed reports that, if the person you’re calling tries to end it by tapping the power button on their phone, it sends video but no audio. That means the person calling you can see a video of you or your surroundings as if you’d answered the call.
This bug seems to rely on the FaceTime Group Call feature since you’re trying to add another person to the call. Group FaceTime launched last year.
There’s obviously a big privacy concern here. You could theoretically call anyone with FaceTime and, using the steps above, listen in on their conversations.
Apple said a fix is coming this week. “We’re aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week,” a spokesperson told CNBC.
In the meantime, the fastest fix right now is to just turn off FaceTime. Here’s how:
- Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
- Choose FaceTime
- Toggle FaceTime to off.