How to turn off video while on a FaceTime call

How to turn off video while on a FaceTime call

FaceTime calls are a great way to see who you're talking to, but there may come a time when you'd rather not be seen. Maybe you're not dressed for company, or maybe you simply don't want anyone to see who's with you, or behold the state of the world around you. While, Apple hasn't (yet?) enabled audio-only FaceTime calls, you can easily start a regular old FaceTime call and then turn off the video.

How to turn off video while on a FaceTime call

  1. Start or answer a FaceTime call, as usual
  2. Press the Home button on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

That's it. A green bar across the top of the screen will let you know your FaceTime call is still active, but video will be disabled.

To start video again, simply tap the green bar to return to the FaceTime app.

How to get more help with FaceTime

If you need more help with using FaceTime on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac, check out the articles below, or head on over to the iMore forums.

  • How to make a FaceTime call from your iPad or iPod touch
  • How to turn off video while on a FaceTime call
  • How to make a FaceTime call from your Mac
  • How to watch FaceTime calls on the big screen with Apple TV
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    There are 8 comments. Add yours.

    avmsam says:

    i misinterpreted the heading. i though this was gonna explain how to on-the-fly change the face-time call into a regular voice phone call. making it voice only like this article explains is the same thing for skype or any video chat apps. once the app is not open in the foreground it cuts video and keeps it at audio until you return to the video.

    BeyondtheTech says:

    It would be nice to switch back, but as we all figured out, once you hit the FaceTime button, it ends the voice call permanently to start up a FaceTime video call, whether or not that video call goes through. I've accidentally face-tapped the FaceTime button one too many times when the proximity sensor didn't kick in.

    Spaz888 says:

    I got the title of the article no problem. However, FT has not been good to me or many who use it. It often gives a busy signal and RX and TX frequently cuts-out when there is a stellar internet connection between device and the device's network.

    iM21 says:

    Does anyone knows how much bandwith Facetime needs?

    And how much with "voice only"?

    BeyondtheTech says:

    I've read that full FaceTime (video and audio) is approximately 3MB per minute over cellular, and upwards of 12MB over Wi-Fi. Also, as of iOS 6, you can find the data usage of each FaceTime call in the Call History (Recents) tab on the Phone app.

    http://www.iphonehacks.com/2012/09/ios-6-call-history-shows-facetime-cal...

    Jayster says:

    No need to push the home button, just hold the iPhone up to your ear and the proximity sensors will switch it to voice only.

    Jane Gergel says:

    thanx a lot, but i prefer to use this nice tool http://www.imcapture.com/IMCapture-for-FaceTime/, it allows to record FaceTime audio and video calls with great quality!)