Taking pictures with the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S cameras will typically cause the shutter sound to go off. But if you are in a quiet environment and need to take a picture without hearing that sound, then you may want to know how to turn off the camera sound on the iPhone 5.
Note that some countries have laws in place that make it impossible to take pictures without that camera sound. If you are in one of those countries then this method will not work for you.
The iPhone 5 camera is a very capable camera and, because of how well it integrates with the apps that you have installed on your device, you may find yourself using it a lot.
But sometimes you will find yourself in a situation where you need the camera to be silent, and the shutter sound on the iPhone 5 prevents you from being able do that. Fortunately, it is possible to temporarily disable the shutter sound so that you can take an image without your image subject, or the people near you, knowing that you have just taken a photograph.
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How to Turn Off the Camera Sound on the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S
- Open the Camera app.
- Turn on the Mute switch on the side of the phone.
- Take your pictures.
Our article continues below with additional information on turning off the camera sound on your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S, including pictures of these steps.
How to Disable the iPhone 5 Camera Sound (Guide with Pictures)
There are many reasons why you might want to turn off this sound. Whether you are taking a picture of a sleeping pet, or you are trying to discreetly capture an image in a public setting, having that unmistakable shutter sound go off is a telltale sign that you have just snapped an image. By turning off that sound you can feel free to take whatever pictures you want without anyone nearby being any the wiser.
Step 1: Touch the Camera icon on your phone to open the application.
Step 2: Move the Mute switch on the left side of the phone so that you can see an orange stripe above it.
Step 3: You should then see a mute icon on your screen.
Step 4: Take the picture(s) that you wanted to take without hearing the shutter sound.
Step 5: Move the Mute switch back so that your phone is not muted.
If you do not move this switch back, then you will not hear any of your notifications or incoming phone calls.
Now that you know how to turn off the camera sound on your iPhone 5, you will be able to capture images without having to hear the shutter sound.
Please note that laws in certain countries may affect your ability to use this feature. Some countries (or devices purchased in some countries) may not permit users to disable the camera shutter sound. If you follow the steps in this article to disable the camera click, but still hear it when you take a picture, then the origin of your iPhone, or your current geographic location, may be the cause.
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