We explain how to silence the camera of an iPhone | Digital Trends Spanish


The iPhone camera can be spectacular, but it can also be noisy, making sounds every time you take an action, much like a professional camera. In this way, it alerts you when you capture a photo, for example, and although it may be useful, it can also be unnecessary or unwanted. If you want to capture a photo of a slide in a meeting, you probably want your phone to be silent. That is why in this article we will teach you how to silence the iPhone camera.

Anyway, there is a previous warning: if you are really interested in silencing the camera of your iPhone, before carrying it out, we suggest you find out the existing restrictions in your country regarding this issue, since in some places it is a practice that it is strictly prohibited by law.

Activate Live Photos

One of the easiest ways to turn off camera sound is to enable Live Photos in the iPhone Camera app. When the Live Photos function is on, the shutter sound is disabled. In iOS 14, the Live Photos control is the series of circles at the top right of the screen. First, touch the icon to activate the function and then touch the arrow located in the upper center to select the mode: Car, On and Off. Now you can go ahead and photograph in silence.

In iOS 13, the Live Photos control is located at the top of the screen, second from left to right.

If the Live Photos button is yellow, it means the feature is turned on. If the button is blank, it is because it is off. Live Photos adds a small video for each shot you take with the camera. It’s an eye-catching feature, but they take up more space than other photos. If you don’t need photos like this, be sure to disable the feature.

Use the mute switch

Photograph of an iPhone indicating that the location of the mute switch is located in the upper left corner.  How to mute the iPhone camera

The easiest way to mute the iPhone’s camera sound is by using the switch on the top left side of the phone. When you flip the switch, iPhone vibrates and sends you a notification that you’ve switched to silent mode. You must bear in mind that, by pressing the switch, all notifications will be silenced, from incoming calls to any other type of alert.

Decrease the volume

Mute Iphone Camera

But what can you do if the switch doesn’t work? If, for any reason, your mute switch has broken or is not working, we recommend turning the volume all the way down. However, if you turn the volume down while in the camera app and using iOS 13, you will start taking photos in burst mode. Also, if you turn down the volume and use iOS 14, you will start recording a video.

If you know that you are going to use the camera app and you want to mute the sounds, you can reduce the volume before opening the app. You can do this with the volume button on the left side of the iPhone, below the mute switch. Just press it until the volume decreases completely. The trick is to press it before you launch the Camera app and start capturing.

You can also decrease the volume while in the camera app. You can scroll from the bottom of the screen (on iOS 13) or from the top right (on iOS 14) to display the Control Center and adjust the volume.

Restrictions of each country

Did you know that in some countries it is mandatory to have the camera shutter sound at all times? Not that it is a law, but some operators have imposed it and phone manufacturers have followed the same example. In countries like Japan and Korea, all smartphones must make sound when using the camera app to take a photo. If you’re there, we’re sorry to tell you that even if you silence your iPhone, the camera app will still make a sound.

Possible solutions include muting the sound by covering the speaker while taking a photo, enabling the Live Photo function, which could mute the noise, plugging in your headphones and taking photos with them as a shutter, using third-party camera apps instead of the default app. or use the volume buttons. For those who take pictures legally and do not violate anyone’s privacy, it is worth a try.

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