How do you turn off FaceTime?

FaceTime is automatically activated as part of the overall setup process you go through the first time you turn on a new iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac. If, for some reason, it isn't activated, or if you want to restrict access for your children, or even turn it off entirely, you can do that too.

How to turn on FaceTime

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on FaceTime.
  3. Tap the switch next to FaceTime to turn it on.

    Launch Settings, tap FaceTime, tap the switch to enable

FaceTime will start the activation process and you'll soon be able to make video calls.

How to turn off FaceTime

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on FaceTime.
  3. Tap the switch next to FaceTime to turn it off.

    Launch Settings, tap FaceTime, tap the switch to disable

If you ever want to re-enable FaceTime, you can just pop back into settings and turn it on again.

How to use parental controls to restrict FaceTime

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
  2. Tap on General midway down the list.
  3. Tap on Restrictions midway down the list.

    Launch Settings, tap General, tap Restrictions

  4. Tap on Enable Restrictions if they're not enabled already.
  5. Enter a passcode.
  6. Tap the switch next to FaceTime to disable it.

    Tap Enable Restrictions, enter a passcode, enter it again to confirm, tap the switch next to FaceTime to disable it

This will effectively hide the FaceTime app on the Home screen and hide the FaceTime feature in the Phone app for iPhone as well.

To remove the restriction, repeat the above process and toggle the FaceTime slider back to the ON position.