How to Pause FaceTime on iPhone and Mac

Written by Emilija Anchevska Messaging / FaceTime

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Video calls have become a huge part of our daily lives as a result of the aggressive and speedy digital transformation the world has undergone over recent years.

With the advent of video calling, people rapidly transferred real-life interactions like job interviews, and seminars, to the online world.

While video conferencing is a convenient way to communicate, we sometimes have to pause a video call due to various reasons.

While today's messaging apps are advanced and offer a variety of features, not all of them offer a feature to pause a conversation.

One of the most used video-calls apps that has a feature for pausing a video without actually leaving the call is Apple’s FaceTime app.

The app has been around for a while now, and many users are familiar with most of its functions.

However, some users are still wondering if they can pause a FaceTime video call.

And the answer is yes.

Users can pause the video call on any iOS device while on FaceTime if they have the need to do it.

To learn how you can do it, just follow the steps below.

Note: This works for iPhone users with iOS versions up to iOS 13.

When users pause an ongoing call on FaceTime, this means that the other person won’t be able to see them, but they will still be able to hear them.

Here is how you can pause a call on FaceTime.

How to pause FaceTime video during a call

  1. Tap on the video call and drag the gray bar.
  2. Tap the ‘Camera off’ button to pause the video.
  3. Tap the‘ Camera on’

How to mute yourself on FaceTime video during a call

As we mentioned above, pausing a video call on FaceTime means turning off your camera but not your audio. So, if you want to be entirely invisible during a video call on FaceTime, you might want to mute yourself too.

Here is how you can mute yourself on FaceTime.

  1. Tap on the call window, then tap mute.
  2. To unmute yourself, tap the same button.

How to pause a FaceTime Video on Mac

To pause a Facetime video call a Mac, click the yellow minimize button at the top of the FaceTime window or switch to another app.

How to pause FaceTime on iOS 14

Apple users who use newer devices that run on iOS 14 and higher have faced the dilemma of how to pause FaceTime video calls since the steps differ a bit from the previous version.

Here are the steps to pause a FaceTime video call on iOS 14.

  1. Start a call.
  2. Swipe to access settings.
  3. Turn off the Camera.

We also have an article about How to Listen to Music on FaceTime From Your iPhone or iPad, and How to See How Long You've Been on Facetime so you can check those out as well.