Are you new to iPhones and recently started using FaceTime for top-notch video chat, but unsure about how to mute someone on FaceTime in iOS 17? You’re in the right place.
Recently, the UK government rolled out new regulations for end-to-end encrypted messages. This affected major messaging apps like Apple’s iMessage, WhatsApp, and others. As a result, Apple opted to remove FaceTime and iMessage entirely from the UK. But if you’re still rocking FaceTime or are based outside the UK, here’s how to pause and silence someone on FaceTime in iOS 17.
Quick Overview: In iOS 17, there’s no direct feature to mute someone on FaceTime. To mute the other person, either turn down your device’s volume or ask them to mute themselves.
How to Mute Someone on FaceTime
Unfortunately, there’s no built-in feature to mute someone on FaceTime, but you can try a DIY solution.
Turn Down the Volume
The quickest way to ‘mute’ someone is simply to turn down your device’s volume. Slide the volume bar down to zero, and you’ll have silenced your call.
Use Your AirPods
Got a pair of AirPods? Connect your AirPods to your iPhone or iPad and then set them aside. This will channel the audio to the AirPods, effectively muting the call through your device’s speakers.
Ask Them to Go On Mute
Sometimes, the direct route is best. If you don’t want to hear someone for a moment, politely ask them to mute the microphone. Most people understand and will respect the request.
How to Mute Yourself on FaceTime
If you want to mute yourself on FaceTime, you can do so directly on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. When you mute yourself, the other person will not be able to hear you until you unmute yourself.
- Open the FaceTime app.
- When someone is calling you, tap anywhere on the screen during the call.
- Tap the Mic icon to mute yourself. (If the microphone icon is grayed out, that means the other person cannot hear you.)
How to Pause FaceTime Video During Call
It is also possible to pause FaceTime video during a call. This option allows you to stop sharing your camera view. While muting FaceTime only mutes your audio, the video is still shared with the other person. To pause your FaceTime video:
- Open the FaceTime app during a video call.
- Tap anywhere on the screen to open the FaceTime settings.
- Tap the Video icon to pause your video.
That’s it! Pausing and muting FaceTime is easy on your iPhone and iPad, but it is not currently possible to mute someone else on a FaceTime call. You can reverse these processes to resume your video call and unmute yourself.
The Bottom Line…
Muting yourself on FaceTime is a great way to prevent the other person from hearing you. While there is no built-in way to mute someone else on FaceTime, you can try the workarounds mentioned above. Hopefully, Apple will add this feature in a future iOS update.
Why can’t I mute someone on FaceTime?
Currently, there is no built-in way to mute someone on FaceTime. This is because Apple wants to ensure that all FaceTime calls are private and secure.
Can you see when someone is muted on FaceTime?
No, you can’t see when someone is muted on FaceTime.
Does Microphone off on FaceTime mean Mute
No, Microphone off on FaceTime does not mean Mute. When you turn off the microphone on FaceTime, you are still able to hear the other person, but they cannot hear you.