How to disable the iPhone shutter camera sound

Earlier this year when I had my Motorola Q I posted this entry about how to disable the shutter sound of that phone. Now that I have the iPhone, I was trying to figure out how to do the same thing since the shutter sound effect is loud and annoying.

As long as you have iBrickr (Win) or Breezy (Mac) it’s very easy. Just install the Mobile Finder app through the The Finder app allows you to browse all of the folders and files on your iPhone, just like you can do on your Mac or PC.

The solution is to find the offending sound file and rename it so when the iPhone’s OS looks for the file it can’t find it. It still takes the picture without failure.

Before you continue, note that using any 3rd party app or modifying any system file can cause problems with your iPhone, so if you bust your phone while messing around with it, don’t go crying at me. Just restore your iPhone using the restore feature in iTunes if you screw something up.

Navigate to the folder /System/Library/Audio/UISounds. There you will find all of your system’s user interface sound files. Scroll down to the “photoShutter.caf” file and double-tap it to view its file properties. Now tap once on the Filename, then rename it to something else. I renamed mine to “photoShutter-old.caf”.

Now exit the Mobile and take a picture. Now sound will be heard!

Now before you ask, I do not know how to change these sound files to something else, but if you know, please post a comment!

7 Replies to "How to disable the iPhone shutter camera sound"

  • peeInMyPantz
    Oct 3, 2007 (10:06 pm)

    with the new Customize, can just create an empty text file, rename it nosound.aif, start Customize, and change photo shutter sound to this file

  • Ziza
    Oct 6, 2007 (3:28 am)

    Do you think you can post a topic on how to sync using Mobile Finder App sync option?

  • Lina
    Jan 15, 2009 (12:44 pm)

    Or you could turn the system volume down all the way.

  • Robert
    Apr 21, 2009 (8:31 pm)

    I have recently downloaded a music track for a ring tone to my Apple IPhone. However just new to this device the Music Track is now heard by persons calling my phone instead of the normal dial tone you would hear.
    I cannot find the music track anywhere on my phone nor can I find anything in the comprehensive instructions on how to reset the dial tone.

    Hope someone out there can help this techno dinasour.

  • matteo
    Apr 22, 2009 (10:03 am)

    Flip it on SILENT!

  • Jan
    Aug 11, 2009 (9:48 am)

    yeah… why go through this trouble if you can just switch the phone to Silent

  • Jan sucks
    Dec 27, 2009 (4:41 pm)

    Jan, why bitch about why go through this trouble if the article doesn't apply to you, don't read it or post your stupid comments.

    If you want to make the shutter sound something else:
    1) Convert the sound file you want as your new shutter sound to AIFF
    2) Rename the AIFF file to photoShutter.caf
    3) Copy it to /system/library/audio/uisounds using whatever program works for you (I use iPhone browser)

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