iPhone basics: How to turn off the camera sound on the iPhone

It’s actually only a small thing, but the iPhone’s camera sound is not desirable in every situation. We would therefore like to show you how to deactivate it.

While you can activate or change many functions, Apple does not give you any option in the settings to switch off the camera sound. For example, if you want to photograph a sleeping baby without waking it, you have several options that have different effects on the system sound.

How to turn off the camera sound on the iPhone

The easiest way to deactivate the camera sound is to use the small switch on the left side of your iPhone. This mutes the device as a whole, but is a simple and above all quick method. However, you should also note that devices from some regions such as Japan always emit a camera sound and the muting does not change anything. Apple writes the following on the support page : You can also mute the shutter sound with the “Ring / Off” switch on the side of the iPhone. (The mute function is disabled in some countries or regions.)

Alternatively, you can simply reduce the volume and thus the tones accordingly. However, you should do this before opening the camera app, otherwise you will take a photo or, with newer models, start a video. If you are already in the camera app, you can regulate the volume via the control center.

The third method to prevent camera audio is to use the Live Photos function. If you have activated the feature so that the symbol appears yellow, no sound is triggered either and a “Live” appears at the top. The reason for this is simple. A short video is recorded in Live Photos. This includes 1.5 seconds before and after the photo. If the sound were on, the trigger would be heard clearly in the video.

It is also unclear why Apple does not allow you to deactivate the sound directly in the settings.

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