iOS has always come by default with a loud camera shutter sound when you take a picture. That sounds is partially there to let you know you’ve taken the picture, and at the same time to let others know you’ve taken a picture of them.
Whether you want to disable the camera shutter sound because it annoys you, or because you are a sneaky little fella, this guide will explain step by step how you can fully disable the shutter sound when you take a picture.
- Any iPhone running iOS 13 to the latest iOS version available.
- Any iPad running iOS 13 to the latest iPadOS version available.
In this guide, I will cover both jailbreak-powered methods and non-jailbreak methods.
How to disable Camera Shutter Sound on iOS 13.0 – 16.5.1 (No Jailbreak)
If you are not jailbroken there are two options for you to disable the camera shutter sound:
- Flip the Mute switch on the side of your phone. The camera doesn’t make any sound in Silent / Mute mode. This doesn’t work in Japan and South Korea (and probably others too) because, by law, the phone must make a shutter sound even in silent mode. You can thank the perverts who keep making upskirt photos for that.
- Reduce the Media volume to zero in Settings before taking the picture. This, again, won’t work where, by law, the camera shutter must sound even on silent.
If you are jailbroken you have the option to permanently disable the camera shutter even when you are not in Silent mode, by editing the system files and renaming or removing the shutter sound.
How to disable Camera Shutter Sound on iOS 13.0 – 16.5.1 (With Jailbreak)
To do that follow the mini-guide below:
- Install Filza File Manager from Cydia (BigBoss Repo)
- Open Filza and navigate to /System/Audio/UISounds/
- Locate the file called photoShutter.caf.
- Move it, rename it to photoShutter.bak, or delete it completely.
- Reboot the device.
Other sounds you may want to take a look at while you’re there:
- Tock.caf (Keyboard click)
- begin_record.caf (Starting audio recording)
- begin_video_record.caf (Starting video recording)
- end_record.caf (Ending audio recording)
- end_video_record.caf (Ending video recording)
- unlock.caf (Device Unlocked)
- lock.caf (Device Locked)
There are also tweaks you can use for this, but there’s no need to. You can quickly locate and edit the file, no need to install a whole tweak for that.
These steps only apply to Rootful jailbreaks! For rootless jailbreaks like PaleRa1n, Dopamine Jailbreak, or XinaA15, please install the Lynx 2 tweak which allows you to do this, and many other customizations.
Remember that some countries (especially Asian ones) require by law that your phone makes the shutter sound when you take a picture. Disabling it technically breaks the law, so please consult your local laws and regulations before proceeding! We’re not responsible for any legal issues.
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