Is it possible to hide FaceTime audio?

It certainly was possible to hide or move the window in earlier macOS versions but with macOS High Sierra I can't select the window nor can I hide it with shortcuts.

new FaceTime

The old version:

enter image description here

The position in the top left corner is very annoying and sometimes I have to resize windows to click on something (for example Safari buttons).

3 Answers 3


This seems like a bug.

Also other people had this kind of question too: Apple discussion

I have found three temporary workarounds (the last one is the best). All of them force quit the process FaceTimeNotificationCenterService:

  • Open Activity Monitor and search for FaceTime. Then select FaceTimeNotificationCenterService, press the red circled button and choose Force Quit.

  • Open Terminal and type killall -kill FaceTimeNotificationCenterService then press return (⮐)

    With this command you essentially Force Quit the process. (For more information type man killall; -kill sends the signal kill instead of the default signal term to the process)

  • For a more permanent solution you start Automator make a new Application. Here you go to Utilities and drag Run Shell Script to your workflow. Write killall -kill FaceTimeNotificationCenterService in the text field and you can save the document.

    As a shortcut you can place this Application in your dock so it needs only single click to activate.

  • 1
    You are my hero. Commented May 19, 2018 at 12:38
  • 1
    Towards the end of the discussion you linked to someone suggested: "open the notification centre from the side and turn on " do not disturb"" Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 9:57
  • @MarcelStör Thank you very much! I will try it out and update my answer accordingly.
    – Qbyte
    Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 14:27
  • 1
    @MarcelStör I'm on macOS 10.14.6 and the window does not disappear if I turn on "do not disturb". (I tried turning it on/off before and also during the call)
    – Qbyte
    Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 18:44
  • How do I bring the facetime app back after killing that process? Do I have to kill facetime all together and then start it again? Commented Feb 17, 2020 at 8:20

Here, I created a small app that you can run after you have your facetime call going that will hide the window. http://onetoshare.com/AH2Bjq

  • Thanks! was a little nervous to "try out", but your little app works like a charm!
    – jadik
    Commented Sep 11, 2020 at 2:53

You can disable the notification via System Preferences > Notifications > Facetime by unticking "Badge app icon".

I do appreciate the notification to answer the call. Even though my MacBook has a touch bar which also allows me to Answer/End, Video or Mute. Also note the touch bar doesn't sport the button you need when you have to dial during a call ("Select 1 for department A, Select 2 for department B"). So, you'll need the pop-up.

Don't forget to provide Apple feedback on this. Even though it's been a few years, hopefully they'll find a better solution than the current notification. https://www.apple.com/feedback/macbook.html

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .