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How to turn off camera sound on an iPhone

turn off camera sound iphone

Did you know that some Asian countries require the camera shutter sound on smartphones by law? So, iPhones that are made for Japan and South Korea markets can’t turn off the shutter sound. The lack of the option to toggle the camera sound off is still there for the rest of the world but a Silent mode/Volume down will mute it. If you want to turn off the camera sound on your iPhone, check the steps we listed below.

How to disable the camera shutter sound on my iPhone

In most regions, you can disable the camera shutter sound on your iPhone by simply using the Silent Mode, turning the volume down, or using the Live Photo mode. However, if your device is a Japanese or South Korean variant, you can only disable shutter sound by inserting a SIM from a different region while running iOS 15 or later.

1. Use Silent Mode

The first option is to just trigger the Silent Mode on with the physical trigger. This will disable all sounds in all but rare countries and regions (e.g. Japan). Once you take all the photos you wanted, just switch the trigger back and turn off Silent Mode.

As simple as that. This is the simplest way to mute the annoying shutter SFX in iPhone Camera. Besides it, you can simply lower the volume.

2. Lower the volume

Another way to disable the camera shutter sound is to simply lower to volume temporarily. Take a few photos and just up the volume after that. It’s not as convenient as the Silent Mode but it’s all a matter of personal preferences.

It’s just another workaround method, in absence of a concrete option to turn off the camera shutter sound on your iPhone.

3. Enable Live Photo to turn off camera sounds on an iPhone

This is another option. Even if you’re not a fan of the Live Photo functionality, enabling Live Photo will disable the shutter sound. To enable Live Photo, tap on the Live Photo icon while you’re in the camera viewfinder (top right corner).turn off camera sound iphone

Because the Live Photo is practically a super short recording and includes sounds, it turns the shutter sound off so it’s not a part of every Live Photo you make. You can later remove the Live Photo part from photos in Gallery. Just expand the photo and tap Edit. Tap on the Live Photo icon (it’s the first in the row) and tap on Live at the top to remove the “Live” part of the photo.

4. Use third-party apps

Finally, we can’t neglect the fact that a plethora of third-party apps can be used to take photos. All social media apps and instant messengers first come to mind, but there are also third-party camera apps you can use. In comparison to Android, optimization, integration, and functionality of the camera in third-party apps is great on iPhones. So you won’t lose a lot of quality (you’ll lose some functionality, obviously) if you, say, take photos on Instagram instead of a stock Camera.

And, with that said, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading and feel free to share your thoughts, questions, or suggestions in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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