Apple‘s iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma brought forth a feature known as FaceTime Reactions in video calls. These animated enhancements, which respond to hand gestures during calls, bring a touch of playfulness to virtual interactions.
FaceTime Reactions, incorporated into iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma, encompass a variety of animated effects. These effects include speech bubbles featuring thumbs-up and thumbs-down symbols, floating balloons, confetti, and even dynamic weather conditions like stormy rain. They serve to enrich conversations by enabling users to convey themselves with captivating visual elements, rendering interactions more lively and enjoyable.
However, there are situations where you may want to turn them off, such as in professional or telehealth contexts. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide to help you disable FaceTime Reactions on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
For iPhone and iPad:
- Open the FaceTime app.
- Start a call with your camera on since you need it active to access the Reactions settings.
- Swipe down from the top right corner of your screen to open the Control Center (this won’t end your call).
- In the upper left corner, select Effects.
- Tap to unselect Reactions from the menu.
For Macs running MacOS Sonoma:
- Open the FaceTime application.
- Click on the camera icon located in the menu at the top of your screen. There’s no need to start a call to access the Reactions settings.
- Click on Reactions to turn them off.
It’s important to note that as of now, FaceTime Reactions are only available for iPhone 12 and newer models running iOS 17 and on Macs with the latest MacOS Sonoma. To check or update your software version, navigate to “Settings” > “General” > “Software Updates” on your device.
Disabling FaceTime Reactions in iOS 17 for a more focused experience is a straightforward process. You can follow the steps outlined above for your iOS device. Please note that this feature is available on newer devices with iOS 17 or MacOS Sonoma.
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