How to disable app that could enable iPhone to eavesdrop on you

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Could your cell phone be spying on you? If it’s an iPhone, the answer is maybe.

Just this week, Apple revealed a software glitch had enabled some users to eavesdrop on people.

“You could call any unsuspecting person and in the process, you could hear a private conversation they weren’t intending you to hear,” explains Justin Carroll. He owns the smartphone repair chain called Fruit Fixed.

Could your cell phone be spying on you? If it's an iPhone, the answer is maybe.

Through the Group FaceTime feature, callers could hear what was happening at the other end of the line, even if no one answered.

Experts say it’s all traced back to a bug in apple’s 12.1 IOS software.

Apple temporarily shut down Group FaceTime while it works to fix the problem.

If you want more peace of mind about your privacy, you can disable the app on your iphone.

Just go to settings, scroll down until you see FaceTime. Click on it then touch the toggle switch. Once it’s gray, FaceTime is disabled.

Apple promises a software update to solve the issue later this week.

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