How to Disable FaceTime on Mac

Aug 3, 2019 - 3 Comments

How to Turn Off FaceTime on Mac or turn it back on again

Some Mac users may wish to turn off FaceTime on their computer, thereby preventing FaceTime calls from ringing on the Mac, and also turning off the ability to make outbound calls too.

By disabling FaceTime on the Mac, the Mac will not be able to accept, receive, or make any FaceTime calls, whether they are audio or video calls. This is an easy feature to turn off and on at any time, so you can also quickly re-enable FaceTime if you do want to use the feature on the Mac.

How to Turn Off FaceTime on Mac

If you wish to disable FaceTime on the Mac, you can easily do so directly from the FaceTime app:

  1. Open the FaceTime app on the Mac
  2. FaceTime on Mac

  3. Pull down the “FaceTime” menu and choose “Turn FaceTime Off”
  4. How to turn off FaceTime on Mac

  5. Quit out of FaceTime

With FaceTime turned off, the Mac will no longer accept any FaceTime calls, nor will it ring with any inbound FaceTime calls, and nor will it be able to make any outbound FaceTime calls.

Turning off FaceTime will also make the Mac no longer ring with inbound iPhone calls if you have the iPhone-to-Mac phone calling feature enabled on the Mac, which of course also prevents the ability to make any outbound call using the iPhone too.

How to Turn ON FaceTime on Mac

If you want to reverse this change and re-enable FaceTime on the Mac, you can easily turn FaceTime back on again through the app:

  1. Open the FaceTime app on the Mac
  2. Click the “Turn FaceTime On” button
  3. How to turn FaceTime ON on Mac

  4. Or Optionally, to the “FaceTime” menu and select “Turn FaceTime On”
  5. Re-authenticate with an Apple ID to complete enabling of FaceTime in MacOS if necessary
  6. Use FaceTime for video chat and audio calls as usual

When FaceTime is turned back on, all inbound and outbound FaceTime calling features will be re-enabled again, including for video chat and audio calls.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Nurullah says:

    Thank you very very much for this helpful information.

  2. Lencho says:

    Doesn’t work as shown. In order to get to FT prefs., FT account must be activated. How about a way to delete un-wanted Apple apps permanently?

  3. Louie says:

    And I suppose disabling FaceTime on the Mac also disables the ability to use the Mac to make and receive cellular calls through an iPhone using handoff or wifi calling, a feature that also uses FaceTime.

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