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FaceTime bug could let others listen through your iPhone without you knowing it

FILE- This Oct. 22, 2018, file photo shows the iPhone XR, left, that has a single lens, and the iPhone XS Max that has two lenses. FILE- This Oct. 22, 2018, file photo shows the iPhone XR, left, that has a single lens, and the iPhone XS Max that has two lenses. | Photo: AP Photo/Richard Drew, File.

January 29, 2019 12:03 AM

If you’re an iPhone user, you may want to disable the popular FaceTime app on your device. CNBC reports that a bug allows you to listen from someone else’s phone even before they answer your call.

The problem seems to be with the Group Call feature that was added to the app last year. When you call someone and then use the menu option to add another party to the call before the first recipient answers, you can receive audio and video from that first person’s device – without them realizing it.

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The bug exists on devices running iOS 12.1 or later.

Apple told CNBC a fix is coming this week.

"We're aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week," a spokesperson told CNBC.

Until the fix is released, the best way to protect your privacy is to just turn off FaceTime. Here's how:

  • Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Choose FaceTime
  • Toggle FaceTime to off.

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