On my iPhone, the camera shutter sound follows the ring/silent switch. However, I'd like the camera to be always silent, regardless of whether incoming calls & messages make a sound. Is there any way to configure it that way?

(Non-jailbroken iPhone 4 with latest iOS.)


A simple solution is to use the mute switch on the side of the phone. The camera shutter sound is controlled by the ringer volume, since the mute switch mutes the ringer the shutter sound is also mute. However, you are asking an optional permanent solution. So far there is none. The application doesn't have any additional options within the app or within System Preferences.

Digging into the app store there is a simple camera application called Secret Camera - Taking Photo Secretly for $1.99. Apple Store Link It looks like it functions like the normal Camera application, but reading its description it doesn't explicitly mention a shutter mute option. I assume this is an implied feature due to the app's name.

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  • Unfortunately, this (first part of your answer) is not a valid answer for iPhones originating in Korea or Japan. The mute button does not mute the camera shutter sound. More answers would be appreciated. – Nicojo Feb 23 '12 at 1:20

It may not be the best solution, but I use an old headphone jack. Essentially, I cut the end of the cord up to the point where the jack is. I use the jack as a "sound" blocker. Does wonders if you don't mind a little jack sticking out at the bottom lol

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  • Does this work on iPhone 7 era hardware in regions like Japan or Korea where the sounds are expected to play each shutter release? – bmike Aug 29 '17 at 11:36

Don't think there's an option to disable the camera shutter sound, but here is a guide on how to disable the sound.

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  • Problem with that guide is, the MobileFinder app is (no longer?) available in the App Store. (Given Apple's restrictive policies, I'd actually be surprised if a such file manager apps were available.) – Jonik Apr 16 '12 at 7:58
  • (On jailbroken iPhones renaming the photoShutter.caf file would probably be a piece of cake, but personally I'd rather not jailbreak.) – Jonik Apr 16 '12 at 8:00
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    I'm not sure about MobileFiner, but there are other apps, like iExplorer (macroplant.com/iexplorer), that can be used on iPhones that aren't jailbroken (I used it once to upload a Japanese dictionary into the Kindle app for iPhone and it worked perfectly). – Leif Apr 16 '12 at 21:56
  • Hmm, iExplorer indeed is on App Store. (Though the reviews don't paint too good a picture of it.) If you have the app, you could try if it's possible to rename files under System/Library/Audio/UISounds with it... (Somehow I still doubt that.) – Jonik Apr 16 '12 at 22:38
  • This was done a few months ago on my girlfriend Mac so I don't have it installed myself, but the app is 100% free and downloadable via the website I posted in my previous comment :) – Leif Apr 16 '12 at 23:03

Initially, silencing the camera was a simple flick of the physical mute switch, however many governments now regulate this and the os will bypass many efforts to silence the capture noise.

This may or may not work long term since video capture is typically silent and extracting high quality stills is easy. Also, Live Photo feature further blurs the line between a photo and a video that pre-records the scene before you trigger a “photo” from the “camera”.

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just flip the the phone's ring/silent switch to silent.

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  • Please read the question before answering: "the camera shutter sound follows the ring/silent switch. However, I'd like the camera to be always silent" – Jonik Sep 22 '14 at 7:12

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