How to Mute iPhone & Turn Off All Sound

Mar 12, 2021 - 7 Comments

How to Mute iPhone & Turn Off All Sound

Whether you’re spending time with someone special, in class, trying to focus, or you’re in the middle of an important meeting, you might want to mute your iPhone and completely silence all phone calls & notifications, so that you don’t get distracted easily by the beeps, buzzes, and alerts emanating from your iPhone.

In some cases, muting ringtones and alerts aren’t good enough, since your phone starts vibrating in silent mode. Or, you may want to disable any kind of sound that may come out of your iPhone. These could include sounds when you take photos, screenshots, or just audio when you’re watching content on YouTube. Regardless, completely turning off sound on your iPhone isn’t exactly a one-step process.

Not to worry though, as we’ll be going through the various steps to help you mute and turn off all sound coming from your iPhone, truly silencing the device.

How to Mute & Turn Off All Sound on iPhone

Every iPhone that has been released to this very date features a physical mute switch on its left side. This is the quickest way to silence all phone calls and sound alerts on your device. However, that doesn’t turn off sound during music or video playback, in all apps anyway.

  1. To put your iPhone into silent mode, simply push the physical mute switch to the left side. You should be able to see the orange indicator when you’ve muted your iPhone, as shown below.

    How to Mute iPhone & Turn Off All Sound
  2. Next, to turn off sound during music or video playback, hold the volume down button located on the left side of the device. Your iPhone will now display the volume bar to indicate the current volume level.

    How to Mute iPhone & Turn Off All Sound
  3. Now, if the physical volume buttons on your iPhone are broken or not functioning properly, you use the volume slider in the iOS Control Center to adjust the volume level for media.

    How to Mute iPhone & Turn Off All Sound
  4. If the hardware mute switch on your iPhone is damaged or not working properly, you can adjust ringer volume by heading over to Settings -> Sound & Haptics.

    How to Mute iPhone & Turn Off All Sound
  5. To put your device in Silent mode, move the slider for Ringer and Alerts all the way to the left. Here, you can also disable vibrations while you’re in Silent mode using the toggle right above the slider, as shown below.

    How to Mute iPhone & Turn Off All Sound

These are pretty much all the necessary steps you need to follow, and you should now have a completely mute iPhone, silent as can be.

Putting your device in silent mode using the mute switch should turn off the sound while you make phone calls silencing the dial sounds, take screenshots, or silently taking pictures using the camera. However, the camera shutter sound might stay on at all times in certain countries like Japan, South Korea, etc. due to government restrictions. In that case, you can try turning on Live Photos within the Camera app to disable shutter sound.

Another neat way to quickly silence an incoming phone call is by hitting either of the volume buttons on your iPhone. You can even do this while your phone is still in your pocket. This method is certainly a lifesaver during meetings.

In addition to this, you can filter out and automatically mute calls from unknown phone numbers, by heading over to Settings -> Phone -> Silence Unknown Callers on your iPhone. Or, if you just want to temporarily mute all phone calls, messages and alerts, simply turn on Do Not Disturb on your iPhone or iPad. Coincidentally, that same feature can lead some users to wonder why their iPhone isn’t making any sounds or ringing particularly if it’s accidentally enabled.

We hope you were able to turn off all sounds on your iPhone using the methods we discussed above, and are now enjoying your truly quiet and silent device. Share your thoughts, tips, and experiences in the comments section down below.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Rocky Finley says:

    I am deaf that I accidentally turn sound up full permanently till someone told me your iPhone sound is too loud or I checked it once a while to make sure sound is off. I don’t need the volume control. In any chance I turn off the sound permanently?

  2. Adam says:

    I had my phone silenced the volume all the way down an alarm still ring through all of that during a set today for recording very embarrassing and frustrating I wish there was a way to guarantee the silent silenced everything but there’s no such setting.

  3. Gabby Youden says:

    Idk y but when I talk in videos it’s just silent and when I get call some one it hangs up

  4. Rafael Prado says:

    I need a way to make iPhone behave to alert me continously when battery is low.. like those old Morotola Startac which beeped for long time.. seriously.. I didnt find any app, nor any native notifications for low battery via Sound..

  5. Paolo says:

    and simply switching the phone off?

  6. Pater Wolfe says:

    It is faster to just shut your phone off during the time you need the silence, that is what I do.

  7. Ruth says:

    I have had alarms ring through when just turning off the sound using the side button. Now I do all the other. And yes, sometimes I wonder how come I missed a text. 🤪

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