iOS 7 preview: FaceTime audio for when you want to be heard but not seen (2022)

iOS 7 preview: FaceTime audio for when you want to be heard but not seen (1)

Apple's FaceTime is a built-in way for anyone on a recent iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac to quickly, easily make and receive video calls. It's been a boon to long distance families and relationships, traveling lovers and parents, and those who use sign language alike. Sometimes, however, you're just not dressed, styled, or simply in the mood to be seen. While there's always been a workaround to kill the FaceTime camera, with iOS 7 Apple is, at long last, making FaceTime Audio its own, proper thing.

Unfortunately, Apple hasn't said or shown almost anything about FaceTime Audio yet, simply:

FaceTime Audio where you can now do high-quality audio calls over Wi-Fi on any iOS device.

iOS 7 preview: FaceTime audio for when you want to be heard but not seen (2)

They also said you'll be able to block FaceTime calls, presumably audio and video, from those you'd rather not have bother you.

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If it's really Wi-Fi only, and doesn't work over LTE or 3G networks, that'll be a drag. FaceTime video finally went cellular with iOS 6, and while we can speculate carriers wouldn't want direct audio competition over their data networks, Skype has been doing just that for years, as have a bevy of other third-party apps.

If/when FaceTime Audio does hit cellular, it could be as disruptive to voice as it iMessage has been to traditional SMS and MMS. Granted, unless and until Apple makes good on its promise to release FaceTime - a collection of open standards - as an open standard that can get implemented on other platforms, its utility will always be limited, but it would be a start. (Maybe after all the patent troll suits are finally laid rest?)

That's part of the reason I'd still rather a combined iMessage and FaceTime, so like BBM, Skype, Hangouts, etc. there's one place to go for all the Apple-powered messaging, video, audio, text, and attachments.

For now, how the interface handles choosing video vs. audio FaceTime calls, especially how they present them when on and off Wi-Fi will be interesting to see. The strength of FaceTime isn't only its quality, but that it's just there and just works for mainstream people. Adding features and keeping it simple is important.

We'll only know for sure when FaceTime Audio ships as part of iOS 7 this fall. Until then let me know - is FaceTime Audio a feature you've been waiting for?

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Rene Ritchie


Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

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  • Rene, just curious: You stated: "That's part of the reason I'd still rather a combined iMessage and FaceTime, so like BBM, Skype, Hangouts, etc. there's one place to go for all the Apple-powered messaging, video, audio, text, and attachments."Would you see this as a make or break thing for Apple's communications apps or even helping in any sort of way? I would think that for most people, iMessage is no more than a SMS replacement or extension. Granted when I used a Blackberry I was a heavy BBM user but I never understood why they added video calling to it, other than the fact that BBM was a BlackBerry only thing. I just don't feel like iMessage has the committed user ecosystem to warrant combining it with Facetime because they are two different modes of communication. In the case of BBM, now that it is going cross platform, I can see bringing video messaging along with it but otherwise BBM was becoming (sorry to say this because I want BB to succeed) irrelevant because Blackberry has been and continues to stay in decline. Thanks.

  • No more than? No.
    It's free text messing that syncs and works across mac's iPad's and iPhones. I use it all the time and pick up one conversation I am having on other devices.
    It is also heavily encrypted which no other test messaging is.
    Plus Apple does not store your messages unlike everyone else..especially Google.
    Finally it is integrated unto your iOS or mac device and works with other components.
    Thats a long, long way from just an SMS replacement.

  • I agree with what you are saying. I also use a Mac and iPad as well and I do the same thing with iMessage. But, not every iPhone owner owns a Mac or iPad and I would dare say that most people in this situation don't know the difference between iMessage and a regular SMS other than the color of the message bubbles. They don't understand what it is all about. We also live in a world where the majority of smartphone plans include unlimited voice and text, especially tiered plans so the free messaging part is negated. I guess my further question in this is: Has Apple done enough with iMessage to set it apart and make the common user want to take advantage of its full power and appreciate it as a feature that sets the Apple devices apart like BBM once did for BlackBerry?

  • Facetime audio? Wouldn't that be the actual phone part of the iPhone?

  • I was thinking the same thing, the only thing might be different about it is that if it was to work on wifi you wouldn't have to use cellular minutes

  • Call quality is so much better, you will understand when you actually use it the first time..

  • No, because it makes phone services irrelevant. As long as you have a data service, where you don't pay for minutes, just for bytes, you're good to go. If you're on wifi most of your day, it comes to a point where you won't need a phone service at all.
    The next step is opening a service where you can dial from Facetime to regular phone service, like Skype does.Besides, if you use Facetime you know there is zero privacy, with everything on speakerphone, both parties have to speak up to be understood. With audio only you don't need to be on speaker, and communication becames much better.

  • I already have unlimited minutes for voice calling. And all smartphones plans have limited data, not unlimited data, so I fail to see the benefit of a service like this.

  • Call quality is way better than a call over cellular

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  • The only problem I have with Facetime is that it is restricted to Apple devices, so if you want to call someone with an Android device or on a Windows machine you're out of luck.This lack of standards is really tiresome, I wish Facetime could call Skype or whatever through an existing open communication standard, and not force everybody to adhere to an Apple standard if (huge IF) and when it becames available.

  • how about just making the phone call???? i mean, i know its over wifi and wont be counted on your minutes, but really?

  • that's all the counts for some people. What's the issue? Phone calls without using minutes. It's a nice option, you sound like you're offended somehow. I've heard some say the quality is better too.

  • I do not have an iPhone (just use cheap pre-paid phones), but am an avid iPad user. So, iMessage are the best ways to contact me at home. I am rarely an arm's length away from my iPad.That being said, I am not a fan of FaceTime as it currently exists. The call quality is hit or miss for me and it drives me nuts walking the background shake while the other person is walking through their house. I would definitely use FaceTime Audio, but right now, I think I have the service disabled in Settings.

  • Isnt there an app for voice calling already? Its called "line".

  • *sigh*
    One of these things is not like the other.

  • Question: If someone on iOS 7 tries to make an audio only Facetime call to an iOS 6 device, what happens? Does it connect, but the iOS 6 person doesn't see any picture? Display an error message saying that you have to connect with another iOS 7 device?

  • Saying "isn't this just a phone call" is like saying "isn't iMessage just an SMS"? Sure, but no.This is free VoIP calling, it'll also presumably work on an iPod touch making it a hell of a VoIP handset.Come on people, I expect better than this! None of you are that deeply in love with carrier voice plan bills, are you?

  • Calls, SMS and MMS are free with most carrier plans in Sweden. We have different plans for data usage.I hope FaceTime calls provides better sound quality, and the ability to call with an iPad, an iPod Touch or a Mac.

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  • I had heard that there was supposed to be a "HD Voice" technology that was supposed to be available with iOS 7. I can't remember if that was for VOIP calls (Facetime) or normal voice calls.

  • No, but almost every single carrier has unlimited minutes for voice calls, but not unlimited data.

  • It works of LTE and sounds amazing.

  • I use an iPhone 5 on virgin mobile and have unlimited data mad texting but only 450 minutes... All for only $30/month, better than vzw $110/month for one line. Being that the only thing I have limits on is minutes, ill use this service whenever I'm able to!

  • Very excited about this. My wife and I use Face Time everyday. The quality on our video chats is amazing vs. the usually horrible cell phone call (plus it is fun to see my son everyday from work). Why I am excited is the ability to make calls from my house. Again, horrible "cell" reception. I ended up getting a VoIP service for the house and am using a Google voice app on my iPod touch as a secondary Wi Fi phone...but it is becoming my main home phone because the call quality is that much you can see why Face Time Audio would be useful. I thought about ditching my iPhone completely and using a CLEAR mi fi puck..I have a friend who has done that but uses his ipad as his phone (yes ipad) and he uses the line 2 app for his phone calls. In reality, the only reason I keep my cell plan is because of the data. Plus, I was reading that Face Time Audio will be using HD Voice...which is much better quality than "cell phone".

  • 100% agree. I feel like most people are missing this simple issue. My mobile data isn't free, but my home wifi basically is. I have terrible mobile reception at my house, and being able to make a clear, stable call from my house over a data network is very exciting to me.I also have questions about whether or not it will play nice with other iOS versions and persons not on wifi

  • I have my fingers crossed that it will work on wi fi as well as cellular data. You hit the nail in the head, "most people are missing the point." Face Time has become the normal way my family communicates (yes I had to buy an iPad mini as gifts, for my son who lives in MN (I live in Vegas) and the grandparents of our 2 year old) but it was worth every penny! (SKYPE was not cutting it) They love it. Easy to use high quality video calls, add HD. voice to that for the occasional quick call and it will be perfect. I used to dream about this kinda stuff as a kid (watching the jetsons) and now it is a reality! I just can't believe people are not more aware and just celebrating the tech,and enjoying it, instead of bashing it. Yes,
    I have friends that have Galaxy phones...who never have made a video call...when I show them what I can do with my iPhone and the quality and how easy...they look at me like I fell from another planet! (They never owned anything apple) yes, I know you can get apps etc. to do this...but trust me, not the same when it isn't baked into the hardware. Now the Moto x...I kinda like and I think down the line will be on par because Google will control the hardware and software, like Apple.

  • iOS 7: Can only choose one FaceTime option in contactsUsually in iOS6, I had the option of choosing to FaceTime a mobile phone number or an email. These two options were available no matter if the email and the number was stored under the same contact name.However, after the update, I find that there is only one FaceTime button per contact regardless of how many emails or phone numbers I have stored for that particular contact.The problem here is that sometimes FaceTiming a phone number or an email is different. For example, my sister has an iPhone and an iPad. I would FaceTime her iPhone with her number and FaceTime her iPad with her email. (The same is true for MANY of my contacts).Since there is no option to choose between entries anymore, I have to create separate contacts for the same person in order to FaceTime each of their devices. Smh...Is anyone experiencing this? If so and you've found/know a solution other than creating multiple contacts for the same person please reply.Thanks

  • I have to add that I think this is extremely useful, as with all these features, how useful it is to one person compared to another is totally dependant on what you do. There are times when I don't want to be bothered with video and I want to keep a 'line open' for a long time. A phone call becomes too expensive and Skype is unreliable. I hope the fact that apple are running this means that it 'just works' . I just want a desktop client now so that I can use it with the mac speakers and mic and I'm a happy bunny!

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How do you do voice isolation on iPhone? ›

Voice Isolation mode prioritizes your voice in a FaceTime call and blocks out the ambient noise. During a FaceTime call, open Control Center, tap Mic Mode, then select Voice Isolation.

Can they see me on FaceTime audio? ›

FaceTime bug lets others see and hear you before call starts [UPDATED] Someone's iPhone can be added to a Group FaceTime call before they're ready. Apple has confirmed that it's possible for a FaceTime caller to listen to the person on the other end of the call — and even see them — before they pick up.

Why can I not see or hear someone on FaceTime? ›

If FaceTime isn't working, make sure FaceTime is turned on, confirm that your carrier supports it, and check your network connection. Also, make sure you've added a phone number or email address and check that the person you're calling has FaceTime.

How do you isolate your voice on FaceTime? ›

Read on to see detailed instructions for each step.
  1. Open the FaceTime app — you don't need to start a call. ...
  2. Pull down from the top of the screen to open Control Center. ...
  3. Tap the microphone icon (top right), to open the Mic Mode settings, then select Voice Isolation.
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Can iPhone FaceTime be tapped? ›

Generally FaceTime should be private and secure. Apple uses end-to-end encryption to protect the data as it travels between the two (or more) devices, so it shouldn't be possible for someone to hack into your call. Even Apple can't decrypt the call and listen in to your conversations.

How can you tell if someone muted you on FaceTime? ›

In iOS 11, the Mute button will appear grey when inactive in FaceTime, and white when it is active. That means if the mute button is grey, the other person can hear you. If it's white, the other person cannot hear you. Have a great day!

Can you answer a FaceTime call without video? ›

And if you get camera shy when you're using ‌FaceTime‌, you can turn the call into an audio-only connection. In fact, you can change the audio and video settings in the ‌FaceTime‌ app at any time during a call. The steps below show you how. Start or answer a ‌FaceTime‌ call in the usual way.

What is FaceTime audio? ›

What Is FaceTime Audio. FaceTime audio is a free service from Apple that lets you make voice calls between Apple devices without using a cell phone service. You can use FaceTime audio on your iPhone, iPad, Mac computer, Apple Watch and iPod Touch.

Can you FaceTime yourself? ›

The short answer - you can either call a phone number (iPhone + FaceTime) or an AppleID (iPod/Mac/iPad + FaceTime) and you can't call another device with the same number. To call back to your mac (or any other AppleID device) - you'll have to make a second account with a different Apple ID.

What is FaceTime mic mode? ›

Microphone Mode is a feature that allows you to adjust how your audio sounds. You can adjust the modes whenever an app is using your microphone, including FaceTime calls. There are three modes to choose from: Standard: The default audio profile, no changes.

Why is there an orange dot on my iPhone? ›

With iOS 14, an orange dot, an orange square, or a green dot indicates when the microphone or camera is being used by an app. is being used by an app on your iPhone. This indicator appears as an orange square if the Differentiate Without Color setting is on.

How do I use FaceTime audio? ›

On the main FaceTime screen, tap the plus button (“+”). In the “To:” field, enter the name or number of the person you're trying to call. Then tap “Audio.” The call will be placed.

What is microphone mode on iPhone? ›

That includes FaceTime, naturally, and many others, such as Webex, WhatsApp, and Zoom. In an app on an iPhone that supports these modes, when you swipe to reveal Control Center during an active call, you'll see a Mic Mode option in the upper-right corner as a light-gray lozenge with the mic in orange.

Can you turn off audio ducking on iPhone? ›

Step 1: In your iPhone, hit the Settings icon then click 'General -> Accessibility -> Voiceover -> Audio'. In the Audio module, you will find the audio ducking option. Now, turn off this toggle switch to disable the audio ducking iPhone.

How do you change microphone mode in IOS? ›

It's weirdly hard to find, and you can only access the setting when you're already in a call: you swipe down from the upper-right corner (or click in the upper-right corner on a Mac) to get to the Control Center, then tap on the button that says “Mic Mode.” By default, it's set to Standard, but there are two other ...

What does the *# 21 mean? ›

We rate the claim that dialing *#21# on an iPhone or Android device reveals if a phone has been tapped FALSE because it is not supported by our research.

Can people watch your FaceTime? ›

The audio/video contents of FaceTime calls are protected by end-to-end encryption, so no one but the sender and receiver can access them. Apple can't decrypt the data. The initial FaceTime connection is made through an Apple server infrastructure that relays data packets between the users' registered devices.

Can the police trace FaceTime calls? ›

Transactional records, if available, may be obtained with an order under 18 U.S.C. §2703(d), or court order with the equivalent legal standard, or search warrant. FaceTime communications are end-to-end encrypted and Apple has no way to decrypt FaceTime data when it is in transit between devices.

Can you mute FaceTime audio? ›

Tap the call window, then tap the Microphone button. You can still hear the other person on the call, but they won't be able to hear you. To un-mute yourself, tap the Microphone button again.

How can you tell if someone has muted you? ›

If a person who used to often like or comment on your posts seems to have suddenly gone silent, you may have been muted. Try seeing if they're still actively liking and commenting on other people's posts — if so, that's a clearer sign.

What happens when you mute someone on FaceTime? ›

To mute someone else on FaceTime using volume controls:

If you're using FaceTime on your Mac to make your call, you can mute the other person by turning off the volume on your Mac using the Mute key. You won't be able to hear any sound coming from your Mac, including the person you're calling.

Can you tell if someone is recording your FaceTime? ›

Does the other person get notified when you screen record a FaceTime call, or can you screen record without them knowing? No. The other person will not be notified if you screen record a FaceTime call, so you can screen record a FaceTime call without the other person knowing.

How do you FaceTime audio without video? ›

Place an audio-only FaceTime Call.

Scroll down the Contact Details screen and you should see a "FaceTime" heading of the person you're about to call who also uses FaceTime. Beside it you'll see a video and a phone icon. Tap the phone icon to start an audio-only FaceTime call.

Can you answer a FaceTime call with audio only? ›

If you are using an older version of FaceTime, you may not be able to answer a FaceTime call with audio only. Instead, you can reject the video call and then immediately call the person back with audio only. Press the red button with an "X" in the notification to reject the person's call.

Do you get charged for FaceTime audio? ›

Both FaceTime and FaceTime Audio are data and never go through the phone network as a regular phone call. You will be charged in the same way as using the internet for other purposes on your phone, over Wi-Fi or mobile data depending on your scenario. FaceTime Audio calls don't 'become' regular calls.

How do I make a FaceTime audio call on my iPhone? ›

Make a FaceTime call

In the FaceTime app, tap New FaceTime and type the person's phone number or email address. Tap the number or address, then tap the Audio button or FaceTime.

Does FaceTime audio use data or minutes? ›

First and foremost, rest assured that FaceTime never uses any of your cellular plan's voice minutes, no matter where or how you call. When you place a FaceTime call, it's sending and receiving voice and video information using data over the internet, similar to the way any other app on your phone exchanges data online.

How do I look attractive on FaceTime? ›

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  1. Make sure the camera is directly in front of you, and position your web camera to be at or slightly above your eye line. ...
  2. Avoid stark overhead lighting right above your head. ...
  3. Don't sit with your back to a window or other bright light source.
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Can you use FaceTime without phone number? ›

It is not necessary to have a phone number to make a FaceTime call. All that you require is a Wi-Fi connection or 3G/4G connection. This means, it is not mandatory to know someone's phone number to make a FaceTime call. You can also use a person's email address for FaceTime calls.

Can two devices use the same Apple ID for FaceTime? ›

You can FaceTime from one device to another if a unique Apple ID is used. This is by design. You can also FaceTime from one iPhone to another by using each device's unique telephone number.

What does mic monitoring do? ›

Mic monitoring is a feature that allows you to hear yourself accurately. It does this by feeding your mic input to your headphones. What is this? This feature is useful for gamers who constantly deal with chaotic voice channel.

What does wide spectrum mean iPhone? ›

One of the new audio features is Wide Spectrum mode. This microphone mode brings every single sound into your call, making it ideal for when you want the other person to hear everything that's happening in the space you're in.

How do you call someone instead of FaceTime? ›

Answer: A: Within imessage simply long press the 'Audio' icon and you will be prompted to select either a Voice Call or a Facetime Call.

Does the green Dot mean someone is listening? ›

It just serves as a reminder that something or someone is watching and listening to you at that moment.

What is the orange dot on my phone when I make a call? ›

INDICATOR LIGHTS OFFER KEY PHONE SECURITY ALERTS. iPhone users may have noticed that an orange dot and a green dot now occasionally appear in the top corner of their home screen. These dots, called indicator lights, they users to when an app uses their camera or microphone.

What is the little green dot on my iPhone? ›

The green dot was an addition by Apple in its 2020 iOS update. It is an alert feature. This iPhone security feature tracks an app that may be using the phone's camera. Notably, an orange dot appears if an app is using the microphone.

What is the difference between FaceTime audio and call? ›

FaceTime video is great for when you want to see the person on the other end of the call, while FaceTime Audio is basically akin to a voice-based phone call. FaceTime Audio often offers better call quality than a regular phone call because it's a VoIP service similar to something like Skype.

Why can't I do FaceTime audio? ›

Turn off and restart iMessage and FaceTime

Go to Settings > Messages and turn off iMessage. Go to Settings > FaceTime and turn off FaceTime. Restart your device. Turn iMessage and FaceTime back on.

Is FaceTime audio Wi-Fi Calling? ›

Turn on Wi-Fi Calling for other Apple Devices:

1. On your iPad or iPod touch, go to Settings > FaceTime > Calls from iPhone and tap Upgrade to Wi-Fi Calling. 2. On your Mac, open FaceTime and choose FaceTime > Preferences > Settings and select Calls From iPhone > Upgrade to Wi-Fi Calling.

Why is there a blue microphone on my iPhone? ›

The icon you described sounds like the Voice Control icon. When Voice Control is enabled it will show a blue microphone in the status bar.

How do I get rid of the orange dot on my iPhone when I call? ›

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How do I turn off the microphone on my iPhone 7? ›

How to Disable Microphone Access on an iPhone 7
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Privacy.
  3. Select Microphone.
  4. Tap the button next to an app to turn it off.
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What is positional audio? ›

Positional Audio is a feature of Mumble that places the people talking to you in a certain position relative to your own depending on their actual position in the game you are playing. This way you can hear the person as if their actual avatar in-game was talking to you.

What is a Ducker in audio? ›

Ducking temporarily lowers, or “ducks,” the volume level of a specified audio signal anytime a second specified audio signal is present. In live sound, ducking is commonly used to lower background music anytime a person speaks, then raises it when that person finishes speaking, as in the emcee example above.

What is enable audio ducking? ›

Using Audio Ducking to automatically adjust volume

Audio ducking (similar concept to side-chaining) is used to automatically lower the volume of one track so that you can hear another track better.

What is FaceTime voice Isolation? ›

The iOS 15 update also brought Voice Isolation and Wide Spectrum to FaceTime, with the former making you sound significantly better when on video calls. Voice Isolation is a machine learning feature that blocks ambient noise and prioritises your voice so it sounds super crisp and clear.

How do I turn on microphone isolation? ›

How to enable Voice Isolation on iPhone
  1. Open the FaceTime app.
  2. Open Control Center.
  3. Tap the Microphone icon, then Voice Isolation.
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How do I turn off ducking on my iPhone? ›

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  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.
  4. Tap VoiceOver.
  5. Tap Audio.
  6. Slide Audio Ducking to “off.”

How do I do voice isolation on my phone? ›

During the call, open the Control Center. (Swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen.) Tap Mic Mode. Select Voice Isolation.

How does voice isolation work? ›

Voice isolation technology utilises AI to remove all ambient/background noise by recognising the 'noise' in an environment and prioritising the primary voices in a conversation. Voice isolation software can even differentiate between the core person talking and babble in the background.

Does iPhone 13 have voice isolation? ›

That means you'll need to have one of the following devices to access the Voice Isolation and Wide Spectrum features: iPhone 13 Pro Max. iPhone 13 Pro. iPhone 13.

Does voice Isolation work with AirPods? ›

Voice Isolation is where the magic happens. i had no clue that a) Voice Isolation was a feature available on the new iPhones / Airpods and b) it worked so well. It's incredible on the other end — you hear nothing but the person you are talking to. Surprised it's not automatically turned on!

Can you use voice isolation on iPhone 7 Plus? ›

How to Use Voice Isolation on iPhone or iPad - YouTube

What is microphone mode on iPhone? ›

That includes FaceTime, naturally, and many others, such as Webex, WhatsApp, and Zoom. In an app on an iPhone that supports these modes, when you swipe to reveal Control Center during an active call, you'll see a Mic Mode option in the upper-right corner as a light-gray lozenge with the mic in orange.

What is mic Mode Apple? ›

You can adjust the microphone settings on Mac to filter out background sounds or capture the sounds around you. Note: You can only see these options when you're in an app that supports Mic Modes. Mic Modes are only available on Mac models (2018 and later).

What does mic mode do on FaceTime? ›

Microphone Mode is a feature that allows you to adjust how your audio sounds. You can adjust the modes whenever an app is using your microphone, including FaceTime calls. There are three modes to choose from: Standard: The default audio profile, no changes.

Can you turn off audio ducking on iPhone? ›

Step 1: In your iPhone, hit the Settings icon then click 'General -> Accessibility -> Voiceover -> Audio'. In the Audio module, you will find the audio ducking option. Now, turn off this toggle switch to disable the audio ducking iPhone.

Can you mute someone on FaceTime? ›

Change to an audio call: Click the Mute Video button . To turn the camera back on, click the button again. Mute the call: Click the Mute button . You can still hear the other person on the call, but they won't be able to hear you.

What does wide spectrum mean iPhone? ›

One of the new audio features is Wide Spectrum mode. This microphone mode brings every single sound into your call, making it ideal for when you want the other person to hear everything that's happening in the space you're in.

Why did Apple remove noise cancellation? ›

Apple confirms that the lack of noise cancellation feature in the iPhone 13 is by design and not a bug. Apple has confirmed that the lack of noise cancellation feature on the iPhone 13 is not a bug. The company has intentionally disabled the setting for the 5G devices, and currently have no plans for changing it.

What is noise cancellation feature? ›

Active Noise Cancellation uses microphones and speakers to reduce background and surrounding noises. This is the most known type and has mostly been used in over-ear headphones. Technology has become so small and battery efficient now that it can be used in true wireless in-ear earphones.

What is the difference between transparency mode and off? ›

Transparency acts a bit like a hearing aid offsetting the fact that you have something in your ears which naturally blocks some sound. Off mode is just ear buds in your ears, nothing special. ANC is ear buds with noice canceling sounds blocking some of the outside noise.

How does transparency mode work? ›

What Is Adaptive Transparency Mode for the AirPods Pro 2 and How Does It Work? Apple's Adaptive Transparency mode can protect your hearing by automatically lowering the volume of any loud sounds around you.

Why do my AirPods squeak? ›

If your AirPods don't have a good seal, the Active Noise Cancellation feedback loop will try to compensate for the outside noise by actually being as loud as it can. This may sometimes lead to high-pitched noises. Some users suggested the issue could actually be a design problem.


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