How to Turn Off the Camera and Screenshot Sounds on iPhones

Turning off the camera sound on your iPhone is something many people want to do. That sound doesn’t really add anything valuable, and it’s loud when taking a picture at night.

If you’re wondering how to turn off the camera sound on your iPhone, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll show you several methods.

How to Turn Off the Camera Sound on iPhones

Flip the Silent Switch


The easiest way to turn off the camera sound on your iPhone 8, 7, 6, SE, or any other model is to flip the mute switch on the side of your device. Every iPhone model has this switch on the top of the left-hand side of the phone.

If the switch is closer to the screen, your device will play sounds as normal. When it’s in the Silent position, you’ll see orange underneath it. While in silent mode, aside from only vibrating for alerts, it also prevents the camera sound from playing.

Turn On Live Photos


On the iPhone 6s and later, you can capture Live Photos. These include a few seconds of video and sound before and after the photo was taken. If you enable Live Photos, your iPhone won’t play the camera sound.

To toggle Live Photos in the Camera app, simply tap the circular icon at center-top of the screen. When it turns yellow, you’ve enabled Live Photos and won’t hear a shutter noise.

Manually Lower the Volume

Your iPhone’s camera sound plays at the volume currently set on your device. You can use the Volume buttons on the side of your phone to adjust this, but if you press them while using the camera, it will take a picture.

Thus, before you open the Camera app, simply press and hold the Volume down button until it shows Mute. You can also swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Center and lower the volume that way. Lowering it all the way will will mute the camera sound effect.

How to Turn Off the Screenshot Sound on iPhones

If you want to disable the similar sound effect that plays when you take a screenshot, simply flip the mute switch to the Silent position (so orange shows).

Note that if you live in Japan or Korea, all phones sold in those regions have a hard-coded camera sound that you cannot disable. This is to prevent people from taking inappropriate pictures of others without their knowledge. Thus, the only way to disable those sounds is through jailbreak methods, which is beyond the scope of this article.

Check out more ways to stealthily take pictures with your phone for additional advice.