How to Mute Audio & Pause the Video in a FaceTime Call

If you need a moment of privacy during a FaceTime call, you can mute the audio or pause the video function without ending the call.

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If you need some privacy during a FaceTime call, you have two options. You can mute FaceTime audio or pause FaceTime video during a call on your iPhone or iPad. Here's how to mute sound or stop the video feed during a call in the FaceTime app. 

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We've already gone over how to use FaceTime to make a call, how to make a group FaceTime call, and how to use call waiting in FaceTime. For more great FaceTime tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, let's learn how to mute and pause a FaceTime call. 

How to Mute Yourself During a FaceTime Video Call

  1. Tap the call window, then tap the Mute button

    tap mute
  2. You can still hear the other person on the call, but they won’t be able to hear you.
  3. To un-mute yourself, tap the Mute button again.

How to Pause FaceTime Video During a Call

  1. Tap the call window, then drag up on the gray bar above the effects, mute, flip, and end controls. 

    drag up on the gray bar
  2. Tap Camera Off to pause your video.

    tap camera off
  3. Tap Camera On to restart the video.

Now that you know how to adjust some settings on your FaceTime call to pause the video and mute the volume, you can enjoy that chocolate chip cookie, judgment free.

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Rich Hall has written about Handheld and Pocket computers for the last 13 years. He is the Editor of Pocket PC magazine and former editor of The HP Palmtop Paper, the NEC Ultralite Connection and the HP Portable Paper. He began his career as a high school Math and English teacher. Rich lives in Fairfield, Iowa, with his wife, Lucinda, and their children, Robert and Ella. You can contact him at