iPhone: Disable Camera Shutter Sound

The sound that the Apple iPhone camera makes when it takes pictures is loud and annoying. You can silence it though with just a few steps.

Just use the Volume Down button to toggle the phone volume down to the vibrate setting.

Alternately, you can go to Settings > Sounds and slide the Ringer and Alerts setting all the way to the left.

iOS slide ringer volume


Once this is completed, the camera shutter will not make a sound.

Users who have Jailbreaked their device can turn the sound off forever by renaming the sound file that is played.

1. Download and install iPhoneBrowser.

2. Create a ‘dummy’ file on your computer called photoShutter.caf. Make it using notepad or anything else, it doesn’t matter.

3. Using iPhoneBrowser, navigate to /System/Library/Audio/UISounds.

4. Replace the photoShutter.caf file with the ‘dummy’ file you created.


  1. John says

    Did not work turning off the volume in the ringer settings or on the volume button. The easiest and best way is to turn to silent mode by flicking the switch on the top left of the phone, as suggested by Steve Taylor. Nice one!!

  2. Elliot says

    My iPod is not jail broken and it worked fine in the settings. The snap sound is gone. That was easy

  3. Mesky says

    You can use a program called iFunBox too. Just open it, go to Raw File System / System / Audio / UISounds

  4. Jack says

    Yes, you have to jailbreak your iPhone 4/4S in order to disable the sound. The jailbreak for the 4S just came out this past friday (just google to find it). It is very easy and it took me less than 15 minutes to jailbreak my Japanese iPhone 4S (i had already backed it up first).

    Once jailbroken, simply download and install iPhone browser to your PC from the link above. Then connect your iPhone and run the program. You just have to manually navigate to the directory the file is in: /System/Library/Audio/UISounds
    Right click on the file and select “Replace File”. You’ll have to select the dummy file from where you saved it on your hard drive. It’ll take a second to replace it and you’re done.

    I was able to Jail break my Japanes iPhone 4S, and remove the sound, in under 25 minutes.

    Hopefully this helps.

  5. LaughinginAmerica says

    hahahha! It won’t work in Japan or Korea because of all the pervs taking pics of women they don’t know. The government informed Apple Computer and now you are even more frustrated.

  6. Mau Hai says

    Didn’t you get it? Silent slide won’t silence the camera shutter in Korea and Japan. I got it working by just deleting the camerashutter.caf file.

    The sound is just loud and annoying.

  7. Timac says

    All you do is put sounds on vibrate and then
    Slide button off above the side volume keys . It
    Will turn it off. I got silent clicking on my

  8. Jonathan says

    The topmost button on the left seide of my ipod touch is the volume up button, am i missing something? Also I can’t find a system library folder , does it have to be jailbroken to view?

  9. Joe says

    Worked fine. Wish I would have had it set this way earlier today! Gotta be able to take those “hidden pics” without being caught!

  10. Steve Taylor says

    Or just turn the phone to silent. The topmost button on the left side of the phone as you’re looking at the screen. It flips towards the back of the handset, i.e. away from you, and turns off all speaker sounds, including the shutter sound.


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