How To Stop Someone From Facetiming You Without Blocking Them?

Avoid Facetiming For Specific Person

If you only want to mute FaceTime calls from a specific contact without blocking them entirely, you could utilize some features or settings for that particular contact. If they try to FaceTime you, it won’t ring on your end, but they won’t receive any indication that you’ve silenced them specifically.

When calling someone who has blocked your number through FaceTime, the call will ring briefly on your end, and then you’ll see a message like “Unavailable” or “Failed.”

How to stop someone from Facetiming you without blocking them?

If someone is repeatedly FaceTiming you and you want them to stop without resorting to blocking them, you have several options. Here’s a detailed guide with various methods:

1. Communicate Directly:

a. Talk to Them: Explain to the person that you would prefer not to be contacted through FaceTime and ask them to respect your wishes.
b. Send a Text or Email: If you’re uncomfortable talking to them directly, you can always text or email explaining your preference.

2. Use Do Not Disturb Mode:

  • On your iPhone or iPad, open the ‘Settings’ app.
  • Tap ‘Do Not Disturb.’
  • Enable ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode. You can schedule it for specific times or manually turn it on and off. When enabled, calls and alerts won’t make any noise.
  • Under ‘Allow Calls From,’ you can choose ‘Favorites’ or ‘All Contacts’ to exclude the specific person from being able to call you.
iPhone Do Not Disturb Mode
iPhone Do Not Disturb Mode

3. Use Specific Contact Settings:

  • Open the Contacts app.
  • Find the person you want to restrict.
  • Tap ‘Edit’/’Modifier’ in the top right corner.
  • Scroll down and tap ‘Ringtone.’
  • Tap ‘Vibration,’ then ‘None.’
  • Go back and tap ‘Text Tone,’ then repeat steps d-e for text vibrations.
Specific Contact Settings iPhone
Specific Contact Settings iPhone

This way, you won’t be disturbed by their calls or texts, but they aren’t technically blocked.

4. Turn Off FaceTime:

  • Open the ‘Settings’ app.
  • Scroll down and tap ‘FaceTime.’
  • Toggle off FaceTime to disable it completely (this will affect all FaceTime calls, not just the specific person).
iPhone FaceTime Option
iPhone FaceTime Option

5. Block Them Temporarily:

a. Open the ‘Settings’ app.
b. Tap ‘Phone,’ ‘Messages,’ or ‘FaceTime.’
c. Tap ‘Blocked Contacts.’
d. Tap ‘Add New,’ then select the contact you want to block.

You can unblock them later by going back to ‘Blocked Contacts’ and tapping ‘Edit,’ then the red minus button next to their name.

6. Utilize Parental Controls (if applicable):

  • Open ‘Settings.’
  • Tap ‘Screen Time.’
  • Tap ‘Content & Privacy Restrictions.’
  • Enable restrictions and set them as needed to control who can contact you via FaceTime.

On iPhone (FaceTime)

1. Turn Off FaceTime

You can temporarily turn off FaceTime on your device:

  • Go to Settings > FaceTime.
  • Toggle off the FaceTime switch.

2. Use “Do Not Disturb” Mode

  • Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb.
  • Toggle on “Do Not Disturb.”

You can also schedule Do Not Disturb for specific times.

3. Set Specific Contacts to “Emergency Bypass”

If you want only specific contacts to be able to reach you:

  • Go to Contacts.
  • Choose a contact and tap “Edit.”
  • Tap “Ringtone.”
  • Toggle on “Emergency Bypass.”
  • Repeat for all contacts that you want to allow through.

4. Blocking Contacts Temporarily

You can block the person temporarily and then unblock them when needed:

  • Go to Settings > FaceTime > Blocked Contacts.
  • Add the person’s contact.
  • To unblock, follow the same steps and tap “Unblock.”

Apple’s iOS doesn’t provide a built-in way to block someone specifically on FaceTime while allowing them to text still or call you. If you need to prevent FaceTime calls from a specific contact but still want to receive texts and regular calls from them, you might have to look into third-party apps or workarounds. For example, you could manually reject FaceTime calls from that person without blocking them.

On Android (For Video Calling Apps like Google Duo, WhatsApp)

Android doesn’t have FaceTime, but here’s how you can manage calls on other video calling apps:

1. Turning Off Notifications for Specific Apps

  • Go to Settings > Apps > [App Name] > Notifications.
  • Toggle off notifications for the app.

2. Use “Do Not Disturb” Mode

  • Go to Settings > Sound > Do Not Disturb.
Android Do Not Disturb Mode
Android Do Not Disturb Mode

You can customize exceptions to allow certain calls or messages through.

3. Blocking Contacts Temporarily within the App

Most video-calling apps like Google Duo or WhatsApp have a feature to block contacts:

  • Open the app.
  • Go to the contact’s profile.
  • Look for the block option (the process may vary by app).

To unblock, follow the same steps and look for the unblock option.

4. Using App-Specific Settings

Some apps allow more detailed control over who can call you. Check within the settings of your specific video calling app for additional privacy or control options.

Final Words

Using these methods, you can control who contacts you through FaceTime or other video calling apps without blocking them entirely. Always consult your device or application’s specific help or support resources, as some details might change with updates or vary between different models and versions.

These methods offer various ways to restrict or control who can FaceTime you without necessarily blocking them outright. Always consider direct communication first, which may resolve the issue without technical solutions.

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Julia Rose

My name is Julia Rose. I'm a registered clinical therapist, researcher, and coach. I'm the author of this blog. There are also two authors: Dr. Monica Ciagne, a registered psychologist and motivational coach, and Douglas Jones, a university lecturer & science researcher.I would love to hear your opinion, question, suggestions, please let me know. We will try to help you.

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