FaceTime Bug Lets You Hear the Audio of the Person You Are Calling Before They Pick Up

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

Here’s how to do the iPhone FaceTime bug:

  • Start a FaceTime Video call with an iPhone contact.

  • Whilst the call is dialing, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap Add Person.

  • Add your own phone number in the Add Person screen.

  • You will then start a group FaceTime call including yourself and the audio of the person you originally called, even if they haven’t accepted the call yet.

It will look like in the UI like the other person has joined the group chat, but on their actual device it will still be ringing on the lockscreen.

You can get video too. What a nightmare bug. Apple told BuzzFeed a fix will be released “later this week”, but until then, if you get a FaceTime call, assume the caller can hear you before you answer.

Update: Last night Apple disabled Group FaceTime — the source of the bug — on the server side, so it appears it’s safe to use FaceTime until the bug fix ships.

Monday, 28 January 2019