How to Turn Off Ringer on Mac

It can be nice to receive phone calls on your computer, but in certain situations you may want to silence the ringer on your Mac.

When all of your devices are connected, it's nice to be able to answer a phone call from your MacBook or iMac. But there are many reasons you'd want to know how to turn the ringer off on a Mac. This way, you can silence calls to your Mac when you need to. We’ll walk you through a few different options to disable call notifications on your Mac.

Related: How to Mute or Silence the Apple Watch

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Silence Ringer on Mac Through Settings

Because your computer is not a cellphone, it receives phone calls through the FaceTime app even if the caller is not using video chat. This is a feature of the FaceTime app that allows you to place audio-only calls over the internet. Therefore, to disable your Mac from ringing when you receive a phone call, all you need to do is disable notifications from FaceTime on your Mac.

  1. On your Mac, click the Apple Icon in the top left corner.

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  2. Select System Preferences.

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  3. Click Notifications & Focus.

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  4. Scroll down and click FaceTime.

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  5. Toggle Allow Notifications to Off.

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  6. It will appear gray when disabled.

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Disable Calls on Mac with iPhone

To disable phone calls from ringing on your Mac, one of the simplest ways is to disable this setting directly on your iPhone.

  1. First, go to Settings.

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  2. Scroll down and click Phone.

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  3. Select Calls on Other Devices.

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  4. From here, you can manage which of your devices receive calls.

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Disable Call Notifications on Mac via FaceTime Settings

If you want to disconnect your iPhone from your Mac via the FaceTime app on your Mac:

  1. Open FaceTime.

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  2. Click FaceTime on the menu bar at the top right.

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  3. Select Preferences from the drop-down menu.

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  4. From here, you can uncheck Enable this Account.

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  5. When you uncheck this box, you will have logged out of FaceTime on your Mac, but you will still be able to use FaceTime on your phone or other devices.

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There you have it! A few simple ways to make sure your Mac doesn't ring when you don't want it to. For more helpful tips about how to silence or mute your devices, be sure to sign up for our Tip of the Day!

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life, a published poet, and a longtime Apple fan. In the spring of 2021, she graduated with her Master’s degree in English, specializing in early 20th-century literature. She is interested in all things tech and currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her cat Blue.