Want to turn off the camera shutter sound and beeping noises? Here’s how to turn off camera sound and shutter noise on iPhone, Samsung, Canon, Nikon, and GoPro cameras.
How can you stop that little shutter sound when you take a picture? While this may be nostalgic for some, it can be a nuisance for others. The good news is that with most smartphones and cameras on the market, there are ways you can turn the shutter sound off.
Here are the phones that we’ll cover in this post: iPhone, Samsung, Canon, Nikon, and GoPro.
There are many reasons to turn off your camera sound. Attending concerts, live events, and interviews. Maybe shooting your significant other – or your plate of food – at a restaurant. But especially when shooting wildlife, the last thing you want is beeping, clicking, and artificial shutter sounds.
But first, I have something I need to say. Respect privacy and be a decent human being. Never turn the sound off to take photos of someone who wouldn’t consent to your photo if they knew. Filming without permission, especially in private settings, is never okay and opens you up a world of legal and moral trouble. Don’t do it.
Depending on where you live, there may actually be restrictions on if you will be able to turn the camera sound off or not. Some countries, such as South Korea and Japan, have actually required mobile devices to make an audible sound when filming.
In these areas, there will still be a sound if you mute or turn down the volume on your phone. This is a safety and security measure to protect yourself and others from unlawful pictures or recordings.
I’ve heard that some states in the United States have laws requiring that your camera make audible sound if shooting in public places. If you know more about this, please let me know in the comments. While it may not be as enforced as other places, coming up with a picture or a video of someone in a state where these laws are active could get tricky. Here’s more about legal implications of filming strangers in a public place. And if your silent camera is considered a hidden camera, this opens up a whole set of legal issues.
The following methods will work on most iPhones. But depending on your features, iOS version, apps, and model, not all methods will work on all phones. But with five methods, one is sure to work.
Which iPhone can disable camera sounds? These methods work on the new iPhone 12 (Mini, Pro, Pro Max), iPhone SE, iPhone 11, iPhone X and back to the iPhone 7. For iPhone 6 and before, you might need to rely on methods 5 and 6 (3rd party apps and jailbreaking).
If you have your phone set to take live photos, then the camera’s sound will automatically be turned off. Because live photo records audio, the shutter sound would soil the video.
By lowering your phone volume, you can also lower the shutter sound volume. You can also choose to keep the volume on your phone low, which will eliminate the sound, or even keep your phone on silent to avoid the sound altogether. You can turn off the camera sound the same way for all of the phones in the iPhone 11 range and newer.
Another option is to use a third-party app to take photos instead of the iPhone’s standard camera. Most of the time, you will not have to sacrifice your image’s quality, and you have more control over what the camera does and does not do.
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It’s super easy to disable the camera shutter sound on Android devices. Here are 4 methods for turning off camera sounds on Android devices, including Samsung phones.
Of course, depending on your combination of camera model, operating system version, apps, and country location, some methods might not work for you. But that’s okay, with all these options, one is certain to work.
The first place to look is in your camera settings. Head to Camera Settings. Scroll all the way to the bottom and look for the Shutter sound toggle. If your camera has it, it will be just above Reset settings and About Camera.
Another way to reduce or disable the audible shutter sound is to change the Sound mode. In your drop down menu, change your sound mode to either Vibrate or Mute. Both temporarily disable all sounds, including your camera sound.
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Canon Shutter: Even though the shutter sound may be annoying, there is, unfortunately, no way to turn it off on Canon DSLR cameras. It’s hard eliminate the camera shutter sound because the sound you are hearing is actually the camera’s mechanism working to take your photo. Without this sound, you would not be taking pictures.
Canon Mirrorless Shutter: With that being said, some mirrorless cameras have a silent shutter or a shutter system that is on the quieter side. Of course, you can also turn off the beeping in a mirrorless, just like the other Canon cameras.
Here’s how the Canon EOS R silent shutter sounds. And how to enable it. This is mirrorless camera and doesn’t require the same internal movements as a DSLR.
But, some Nikon DLSR cameras have two options for muffling the shutter sound. This applies to some higher end DSLR cameras by Nikon.
- Quiet Shutter: To choose quiet shutter-release mode, press the release-mode dial lock release and rotate the dial to Q.
- Silent Photography: To enable silent mode, press the “i” button in live view and select On for Silent photography (you can also enable silent mode using the Silent live view photography option in the photo shooting menu).
How to Turn Off GoPro Camera Sounds
So here’s how to turn off the audible beeping on your GoPro.
GoPro Hero9 Black
Hero9 Black is one of the easiest to adjust the camera sounds. Simply swipe down to reveal the Menu. Select the Sound icon (shown by a musical note). Toggle this off. It will be grey when off and blue when on.
To turn off beeping on the GoPro Max is really simple. Swipe down on the screen to reveal the menu.
You may be asking yourself, why do cameras need a “sound” anyway? Traditional cameras actually create the sound with mechanical parts necessary to take the picture, which is often from a mirror slap, which can be seen and heard in most DSLR cameras.
Although most mobile phones and digital cameras do not actually have the mechanisms that are required to take the image, they are often forms of nostalgia for most people but also serve legal purposes in some areas of the world. Some newer devices are also allowing you to choose the shutter sound that you like the best.
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- Activate Live Photo on Your Device
- Use the Silent/Mute Switch to Turn All Sounds Off
- Control the Sound of Your Camera with the Volume Control
- Enable Assistive Touch
- Install a third party app, jailbreak your phone
- Toggle Your Camera Shutter Sound in the Camera Setting Menu
- Turn Your Volume Up or Down to Control the Camera Shutter Sound
- Set to vibrate or mute
- Enable accessibility
While some cameras such as point and shoot or digital allow you to reduce the sound of the shutter or to remove it altogether, there are also some that actually require the sound in order to function.
- Not All DSLRs Can Have Their Shutter Sound Turned Off
- Try Using Silent Shutter if Available on Your Device (Mirrorless)
- For Point and Shoot, Turn off Camera Sounds in the Display Menu
- Some DSLRs Cannot Have Their Shutter Sound Altered
- Try Using the Quiet Shutter-Release if Available on Your Camera
- Turn Off Sounds on Point and Shoot Cameras on the Settings Menu
- Using the Mode Setting, Adjust the Beep Sounds on Your GoPro
- Turn Off Sounds Via the GoPro App After Selecting Your Device
It is important to remember that depending on where you live, and it may also be illegal for you to take photos in public with your phone or camera. Due to laws in place to protect the privacy and safety of those around you, it may be worth looking into the laws of where you live or where you are traveling to.
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Bryan Haines is co-founder and blogger on ClickLikeThis. We cover action cameras and outdoor photography with a focus on GoPro cameras. He is a travel blogger at Storyteller.Travel and co-founder of Storyteller Media, a company he started with his wife, Dena.