The Creepy “Fake Eye Contact” Facetime Feature You’ve NEVER Heard Of: “I’m Terrified”
- iPhone users discovered a creepy feature on their FaceTime settings
- A little-known feature, quietly launched by Apple in 2019, will make users appear to be making eye contact with the person they’re FaceTiming
- Marked “scary” and “terrifying” by iPhone users who didn’t know it
iPhone users have discovered a creepy feature in their FaceTime settings that “forces” them to have eye contact with the person on the other end of the phone.
The little-known feature, which Apple quietly launched in 2019, will make users appear to be making eye contact with the person they’re FaceTiming with, even if they’re looking away.
Without this feature, if a person looks directly at the person on the other side of the phone, they won’t appear to be looking them in the eye because they’re not looking directly at the camera.
iPhone users have discovered a creepy feature on their FaceTime settings that requires them to have eye contact with the person on the other end of the phone. Pictured: Twitter user Mike Rundle without the filter, left and with it on the right
However, the feature will digitally alter your image during a FaceTime so your eyes appear to be looking directly at the caller.
Tech enthusiast Will Sig shared an image of him FaceTiming his friend Mike Rundle – with and without the setting turned on.
With eye contact correction activated, Mike’s gaze is lowered while when activated, he appears to be looking Will straight in the eye.
“FaceTime Attention Correction is wild,” he wrote, sharing the two images.
Apple uses ARCore – the same technology used for Face ID and Animoji – to make this work. The setting is enabled automatically, much to the chagrin of many iPhone users
Apple uses ARCore – the same technology used for Face ID and Animoji – to make this work. The setting is enabled automatically, much to the chagrin of many iPhone users.
How to Disable Eye Contact on FaceTime
Go to settings
Look for an option called Eye Contact and turn it off
Officially called FaceTime Attention Correction, some claim it can help making calls with a more personal feel – but others called it “scary” and urged others to “turn it off now”.
“Facetime eye contact is scary as fuck,” wrote one Twitter user.
“I didn’t know ios14 had a FaceTime update called ‘eye contact’ that changes the look of your eyes and was really terrified and confused,” another wrote.
‘I just found out that facetime has a weird eye contact feature???? it’s scary,” said another.
“Just found out there’s an augmented reality filter enabled by default on recent versions of #FaceTime that alters your eyes to look like you’re making eye contact!” What about the neurotypical? one tweeted.
“The eye contact feature on FaceTime is scary,” said another.
To turn it off, users need to go to settings, then choose FaceTime and turn off “Eye Contact”.
Officially called FaceTime Attention Correction, some say it can help make calls more personal – but others have called it “scary” and urged others to “turn it off now”.