How to Turn off the Camera Sound on iPhone

Shutter sounds are out and silence is golden

Taking a picture with an iPhone

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Sometimes you just don’t want to hear the fake shutter sound in the iPhone camera app when taking a picture.

However, turning off the iPhone camera sound isn’t as straightforward as you might think. It's tied to a particular feature, as well as the other system sounds. Here’s what you need to know about how to turn the camera sound off (and back on).

Having Live Photos on Will Affect 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 is because a Live Photo captures a few seconds of sound while snapping a picture and if the camera played the shutter sound, that’s all you’d hear when viewing a Live Photo.

Note: Live Photos are supported on the iPhone 6s and later iPhone models.

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

If you have Live Photos enabled, you won’t hear any shutter sound when taking a picture. The Live Photos feature is usually enabled by default.

To use the Live Photos feature to turn the camera sound on/off:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Tap the three concentric circles at the top of the camera screen.
    1. Tip: If the circle is white with a slash through it, Live Photos is off; yellow indicates it's on.
  3. Live Photos have now been temporarily turned on/off.
    1. Note: Live Photos will revert to its default setting once the Camera app is closed and reopened.

To more permanently turn Live Photos on/off:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Camera.
  3. Tap Preserve Settings at the top.
  4. Toggle the Live Photo option at the bottom.

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, pull down from the top right corner of the screen. On an iPhone 8 or older, pull up from the bottom of the screen. Afterward, slide the volume down to zero or near zero.