What Does Silence Join Request Mean on FaceTime?

iOS 15 brought a range of exciting features to FaceTime, including Portrait mode, Spatial audio, and the ability to FaceTime with Android and Windows users. Among these new additions is the Silence join request option, which you may be curious about. In this article, we will explore what Silence join request means on FaceTime for iPhone and iPad.

What Does Silence Join Request Do on FaceTime?

With the launch of iOS 15, FaceTime expanded beyond the Apple ecosystem, allowing users to connect with Android and Windows devices using FaceTime links. However, to protect users' privacy, Apple implemented a filter or review request feature. Whenever someone joins a FaceTime call using a link, their request is sent to the call creator, who can approve or reject it. This is where the Silence join request feature comes into play.

Typically, when someone requests to join a FaceTime call, the creator receives a chime sound and a banner notification at the top of their screen. While this is manageable when only a few people are joining, it can become overwhelming and distracting when multiple requests come in. To address this, Apple introduced the Silence join request feature in FaceTime. When enabled, the creator will no longer see any join request pop-ups on their screen. The join requests are essentially silenced. However, this does not mean that the creator cannot accept or reject new requests. The requests will simply be hidden and can be accessed from the top menu whenever the creator wants to review them.

The Silence join requests feature demonstrates Apple's thoughtfulness, particularly as FaceTime now welcomes users from various platforms. By default, this feature is disabled, but in the next section, we will explain how to enable it.

How to Enable Silence Join Requests in FaceTime

To use the Silence join requests feature, follow these steps:

  1. Create a FaceTime call.
  2. On the FaceTime video screen, tap anywhere to reveal the top bar.
  3. Tap on the FaceTime text to show more options.
  4. Enable the toggle next to Silence Join Requests.

How to Disable Silence Join Requests in FaceTime

If you prefer to receive banners for FaceTime join requests, you can disable the Silence join requests feature. Simply tap on the FaceTime text in the top bar of a FaceTime call and turn off the toggle next to Silence join requests.

How to Allow or Reject People From Joining FaceTime Calls

When Silence join requests is disabled, you will see a request banner at the top whenever someone tries to join a call. To accept or reject the person, tap on the green checkmark icon or the red cross icon, respectively.

When the Silence join requests feature is enabled or if you miss taking action on the banner, you can access all the requests from the review screen. To open it, tap on the FaceTime text in the top bar. From there, you can see the people already in the call and the pending requests. Accept or reject someone by tapping on the checkmark or cross icon, respectively.

Important Things to Know About Silence Join Requests

Here are some important points to note about Silence join requests:

  • Only the creator of the FaceTime call can enable or disable this feature.
  • Others will not be notified when you enable this feature.
  • Enabling or disabling this setting will not impact other aspects of your FaceTime calls.
  • You will need to enable or disable this setting separately for each FaceTime call.

Silence Your iPhone

Now that you understand the Silence join requests feature on FaceTime, you can make the most of it. Explore how to silence certain notifications on your iPhone and learn how to use Focus profiles to customize your notification settings.

Remember, FaceTime has become more inclusive with the ability to connect with Android and Windows users. With the Silence join request feature, you can manage join requests efficiently and enjoy uninterrupted FaceTime conversations.