When you capture a photo with your iPhone, the camera application makes a little “click” sound that allows you to know that the application has successfully captured the image.
Although Apple’s attempt to simulate the experience of a snapshot camera could be well-thought-out, there are times that the camera shutter sound may seem to be annoying. Especially during night photography or in quiet places.
In addition, the sound of the camera might also become a hindrance when you wish to secretly take a photo of your crush or sweetheart. But do not worry, there are multiple ways to turn off camera sound on iPhone.
Although there might be no dedicated slider to mute o turn off the camera sound on iPhone, all the workarounds are easy and work as expected. Also, while iPhone is the main focus of this article, most of the methods work perfectly for the iPad.
So, these hacks can be used to silence the shutter sound on your iPad as well. Therefore, if you are also looking for a way to turn off the screenshot sound on your iPhone/iPad, a couple of tricks can get the job done for you.
The idea that your iPhone’s camera shutter noise cannot be muted or turn-off is probably one of the few galling oversights in the iPhone design.
The iPhone settings allow users to turn off the lock noise, and silence the annoying faux click of keyboard keys while typing, but when it comes to muting camera noise or silencing phony “ka-ching” noise when you snap a picture, there are no settings for it.
However, the good news is that there several workarounds that allow you to turn off the shutter noise on an iPhone camera. Thus, whether you need to snap some photos on the sly or you are simply annoyed by the iPhone camera sound, note that the power is in your hands.
It is also worth pointing out that in some countries like Japan and South Korea, the camera application is always set to trigger a shutter sound. But due to the law that is existing now, all phones equipped with a camera are modified to issue shutter sounds.
This is carried out to prevent anyone from capturing photos or videos secretly as part of the efforts to deter voyeurism.
How To Turn Off Camera Sound On iPhone?
One of the simple ways is to adjust the volume of the shutter sound of your iPhone camera using the volume buttons on the side of your iPhone.
Also, when the Camera is open, you can swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open Control Center, then drag the volume slider.
If the silent slider that is available on the side of your iPhone is switched to silent, therefore, your camera’s shutter sound will also be silenced.
All you need to do is just flip the physical slider on the left-hand side of the phone down to reveal the orange color behind it, and you will have turned off the camera noise. But also note that your ringer is now silenced as well.
Use Live Photos To Disable Camera Shutter Sound
When you enable the Live Photo, the camera application automatically turns off the shutter sound on your iOS/iPadOS device.
However, for those who are not aware, Live Photo can be used to snap a 3-second moving image which is 1.5 seconds before and after you capture a shot. Instead of freezing the moment, it brings movement to your images which come to life with a long press.
It was first introduced in iOS 9, and supports the iPhone 6s and later version, iPad Pro 2016 and later, iPad 5 and later, iPad Air 3 and later as well as iPad mini 5 and later.
However, if you use the Live Photos feature there is an option to make each picture a seconds-long mini video with audio.
To turn Live Photos on, launch the Camera application. If you see several concentric yellow circles at the top of the screen, then it’s already on. If you see a series of white concentric circles with a slash through them, it’s off. Then tap those white circles to enable it.
Additionally, to disable the camera sound on your compatible device, open the camera application and then click on the Live Photo icon (three circles). If the Live Photo icon has a line through it, that means it is active.
If you don’t see a line through it, that means Live Photo is disabled. Besides, you will see Live/Live Off briefly at the top center when you enable/disable Live Photo.
Next is that you go ahead and capture images with complete peace of mind as the camera app won’t make a click sound.
However, if you intend to permanently turn off the shutter sound on your iOS device, there is a way to do so. It turns out, Apple offers a pretty neat way to keep Live Photo enabled.
To get it done, navigate to the Settings app on your iPhone/iPad → Scroll down and select Camera → Preserve Settings, and then make sure that the toggle next to Live Photo is turned on.
Note that Live Photo only mutes the camera sound on the device and not the screenshot sounds.
Turn Silent Mode On To Disable Camera Sound And Screenshot Sound Or Use The Mute Slider
When your phone’s silent slider is set to silent, both the camera and screenshot sounds are disabled on your iPhone. Therefore, when it gets to times when you are in a quiet environment, bring on the silent slider to mute the snapshot sound.
- The silent slider is usually located on the left side of your iPhone. So, to put your iPhone in silent mode, flip the mute slider on the side of your device so that the orange is showing.
- Apple has removed the physical mute slider on the newer iPad models. Therefore you are required to use the physical volume buttons or the bell icon (in the control center) or the volume slider to disable the camera sound on your iPadOS device (running iOS 12 or later).
- Also, in older iPads (before the iPad Air generation), you can use the hardware slider on the right side to mute/unmute the snap sound.
Set System Volume To Zero To Disable The Snap Sound
Another easy way to mute the camera shutter sound on your iPhone is to turn the volume down in the control center.
1) On iPhone/iPad With The Home Button
- Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to access the control center.
2) On iPhone/iPad Without A Home Button
- Swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to bring up the control center.
Now, that you have learned this, you can now use the volume slider to set the system volume to zero on your device.
Apple attempt to simulate the experience of a snapshot camera when you take a picture in the Photos application on an iPhone or iPad by issuing a little click sound. However, there are a lot of people that hate such sound and would prefer to avoid that sound which is the main purpose of this article.
With all this being said, this article aims to provide a guide on how you can click pictures without shutter sound on your iPhone and iPad. However, I would prefer using the Silent slider to disable annoying system sounds which include the shutter sound.
Also, using Live Photos and turning down system volume manually are equally viable ways in which you can click photos without camera sound. So, you can use any of the methods you choose from the ones that are listed in the article.