How to End a FaceTime Call

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When FaceTime originated, there was no way to turn off your phone’s screen and keep your call going. One tap of the power button was enough to end an entire conversation. Recent updates have changed this on all models, though, so don’t depend on your Side button to do the work for you anymore. Learn how to hang up on a FaceTime call and how to leave a group FaceTime call to avoid those embarrassing situations where you stay on the line well after the call has ended.

Related: How to Use FaceTime to Stay in Touch

Does the Side Button Work to End a FaceTime Call?

If you are on FaceTime audio, you can hang up your FaceTime call by pressing the Side button on your iPhone. If you have video on, however, you cannot do this and will have to follow the steps above.

How to End a FaceTime Call

  1. If your call isn't already on screen, tap on your FaceTime call to bring it onscreen.

    Tap the top left corner of your screen to bring your FaceTime call onscreen.
  2. Look at the menu at the bottom of the screen.
    If the menu is not visible, tap your screen again and it will appear at the bottom of the call.
    The menu will give four options: Effects, Mute, Flip, and End.
  3. The End icon will be a red circle with either a white X or a white facedown phone receiver in the middle at the far right on the menu.
  4. Tap End.

This will get you out of any FaceTime call, whether it’s one-on-one or a group call. If you need extra assurance that the call has ended, listen for the disconnect chime. If the call is still in progress, there will be a green timer at the top indicating the length of your call. Once you have disconnected, this icon will go away. If you have any issues with your FaceTime, check out these troubleshooting tips.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.