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How to turn off the camera sound on an iPhone

For a sizable percentage of iPhone owners, their smartphone is a camera that also makes phone calls — in addition to helping them manage their calendar, send and receive email, shoot video, watch movies, and pay for stuff at the store. Apple’s iPhone cameras have been inspiring amateur photographers — and professionals — to create spectacular images with the camera that’s always in their pocket.

This year, with iOS 13.2, Apple released its Deep Fusion camera feature for its new iPhone 11 and 11 Pro models. Apple holds a yearly contest — open to all owners of the latest model phones —  for the best images shot on the phone for use on Apple Newsroom, apple.com, Apple Instagram (@apple), Apple WeChat, Apple Twitter accounts, and Apple Weibo accounts, and may also appear at Apple Stores, on billboards, or a third-party public photo exhibition. The contest ends on January 29. Winners will be notified on March 4, 2020.

The iPhone 11 series has some of the best mobile cameras in existence excelling in landscapes, portraits, and everything in between. Digital Trends has named the iPhone 11 Pro the best iPhone with the best camera.

The one thing you don’t want while shooting images or video is distracting noise. Just as with your DSLR camera, you can mute the shutter noise with the iPhone. Here’s how to silence the camera sound on an iPhone so you can shoot in peace.

Use the mute switch

iPhone 11 mute switch
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The easiest way to mute the camera sound is to use the ring/silent switch on the upper left-hand side. When you turn on the silent switch, you will feel the iPhone vibrate and you will see a notation signaling the switch. Turning off the ringer mutes all notifications, incoming calls, and other alerts, so you want to use this control judiciously.

Turn down the volume

iPhone 11 lower volume switch
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What can you do if the silent switch isn’t working? If you’re having problems getting your silent switch to cooperate, turning down the volume using the volume button on the left-hand side of the phone below the silent switch is the next best thing. But you have to do it at the right time. If you do it while you’re in the camera app, it will start taking pictures in burst mode. Yikes.

The trick is to lower the volume before you launch the Camera app and start shooting. Alternately, while in the Camera app, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center, and you can lower the sound from there.

Country restrictions

In some countries, notably Japan and South Korea, the camera shutter sound stays on at all times. Shutter muting is disabled, as phones sold there are customized for those markets to ensure privacy and prevent secret filming. Though it’s not a law, manufacturers and Japanese wireless carriers have cooperated so that phones make a distinctive sound whenever you use the camera. If you’re in these countries, even if you mute the iPhone, your camera app will still make a sound.

Possible workarounds include muffling the sound by covering the speaker while you shoot, enabling the Live Photo feature, which is believed to silence the noise, using the headphone jack and shooting photos using your headphone as a shutter, using third-party camera apps instead of the iPhone’s default Camera app, and using the volume buttons on your iPhone as shutter buttons. For those shooting images legally and not violating anyone’s privacy in those countries, it’s worth a try.

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