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How to turn on portrait mode and blur your background on Facetime

Get rid of distraction in the background!

Published onDecember 9, 2022

It’s very important to look your best during a video call, especially if it’s for work purposes. Sometimes distractions in the background can be annoying, which is why people are fans of blurring it out. Today we’ll show you how to do portrait mode on Facetime, which is among the video calling apps of choice for Apple users.

Read more: Why is my Facetime not working? Here are some tips!


To turn on portrait mode on Facetime, simply enter a video call and tap on the portrait mode button in the top-left corner of your tile. It looks like a person in a frame. You can do the same to turn it off. This will use AI to artificially blur out the background and offer that bokeh effect everyone loves.


Editor’s note: We used an Apple iPhone 12 Mini running iOS 16.1.1 to formulate these steps. Keep in mind some steps may be different depending on your hardware and software version.

Turn on portrait mode during a Facetime call

Of course, you can turn portrait mode on or off during a call. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Enter a Facetime call.
  2. Tap on your tile.
  3. You should see a portrait mode button in the top-left corner. Tap on it.
  4. Tap on the same button to turn portrait mode off.

From the Control Center

If you want to have portrait mode on by default anytime you’re on a Facetime call, it’s also possible to set it on by default. This is done from the Control Center.

  1. Launch Facetime.
  2. Open the Control Center. In an iPhone with a home button, you can do this by swiping up from the bottom edge of the screen. If you have a phone with Face ID, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on Video Effects.
  4. Tap where it says Portrait Off. The button will be highlighted and read Portrait On. You can tap on it again to turn off portrait mode.


Yes. You can activate portrait mode during Facetime calls to blur the background with the help of AI.

You can turn on portrait mode permanently by activating the feature from the Apple Control Center on your iOS device.

Portrait mode quality will be equal to what you get when using portrait mode while shooting images. Accuracy and definition will depend on your iOS model.