macOS High Sierra

Sign in to or out of FaceTime

Before you can make or receive FaceTime audio and video calls or phone calls on your Mac, you need to sign in to FaceTime using your Apple ID and turn FaceTime on.

When you sign out of FaceTime, you can’t receive FaceTime or phone calls until you sign in again. If you want to stay signed in to FaceTime but stop receiving calls, you can turn FaceTime off.

For information about system requirements for using FaceTime, see FaceTime requirements.

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Sign in to FaceTime

Sign in to FaceTime on each device you want to use to make or receive FaceTime calls or phone calls. Make sure to sign in using the same Apple ID on every device. For more information, see the Apple Support article Use continuity to connect your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch.

  • Open FaceTime, enter your Apple ID and password, then click Sign in. FaceTime is on automatically.

    If you forgot your Apple ID or password, or if you need to create an Apple ID, go to the Apple ID account website.

Sign out of FaceTime

Sign out of FaceTime to stop receiving FaceTime or phone calls. To make or receive calls again, you need to sign back in.

  • Choose FaceTime > Preferences, then click Sign Out.

Turn FaceTime on or off

If you want to stay signed in to FaceTime, but not receive FaceTime or phone calls, you can turn FaceTime off. When you’re ready for calls again, just turn on FaceTime (you don’t need to sign in again).

  • Turn off FaceTime: Choose FaceTime > Turn FaceTime Off.

    If someone calls you, you don’t receive a notification for the call; to the caller, it looks like you’re not answering.

    Note: Instead of turning off FaceTime, you can turn on Do Not Disturb in Notification Center, which prevents notifications from disturbing you. For more information about Do Not Disturb, see Receive or stop notifications.

  • Turn on FaceTime: Choose FaceTime > Turn FaceTime On.

Note: To block all FaceTime or phone calls, turn off FaceTime or sign out of FaceTime on each device. (You can also block individual callers. People who are on your blocked list are blocked on all of your devices signed in to FaceTime and iCloud using the same Apple ID.)