How to Turn off the Camera Sound on iPhone

The use of Live Photo features affects camera sounds

Taking a picture with an iPhone

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The best method of suppressing the typical shutter sound your iPhone makes when you snap a photo depends on how you've configured Live Photos.

The instructions that follow have been tested with iOS 12. The Live Photos feature was first introduced with the iPhone 6s.

Activating Live Photos Affects the Shutter Sound

After Apple added Live Photos to the iPhone, the camera sound you typically hear when taking a picture disappeared by default, even with all the phone sounds on. This change proved beneficial because a Live Photo captures a few seconds of sound while recording a picture and if the camera played the shutter sound, that’s all you’d hear when viewing that Live Photo.

Permanently activate (or deactivate) Live Photo features by visiting Settings > Camera > Preserve Settings.

Permanently turn Live Photos on/off
Permanently turn Live Photos on/off.

If you've enabled Live Photos, you won’t hear any shutter sound when you take a picture. The Live Photos feature is usually activated by default. To temporarily turn off Live Photo within the Camera app, tap the icon at the top of the camera screen that looks like three concentric circles — it's a toggle switch for the feature. If the three circles are yellow, then Live Photo is on; if it's white with a slash through it, Live Photo is off, for the duration of that photography session.

How to Turn Off Camera Sound on iPhone

If you don’t want to turn on the Live Photo feature, but want to turn off the camera shutter sound, there are two ways you can do it.

Switching the ringer off
This Ringer image appears when your screen is on while you silence your phone or decrease the volume.

The first way is to make sure your iPhone’s ringer is muted; toggle the switch on the left side of your phone, above the volume keys, so it shows orange. Turning the iPhone’s ringer off and muting sounds will give you a silent camera when taking a picture.

Control Center volume adjustment
Control Center volume adjustment.

The second method is to make sure the iPhone’s volume is turned down. If you want to keep your phone’s ringer on and keep Live Photos off, but still don’t want to hear the sound when taking a photo, you can lower the system volume.

Start by accessing the Control Center. On an iPhone X or newer, pull down from the top right corner of the screen. On an iPhone 8 or older, pull up from the bottom of the screen. Slide the volume down to zero or near zero.