Disabling the Lock Sound on iPhone

March 28, 2024
David Sunnyside

One of the funniest functions of modern technology is that some devices emit sounds like a door closing or an alarm clock going off. This includes the lock sound on iPhone, which plays when you press the side button to turn off or lock the screen. It can be handy if you forget to look at your phone, but some people find it annoying or distracting, and want to turn it off. This article covers how to disable both the keyboard clicks and the lock sound on your iPhone.

What is the Lock Sound?

The lock sound on an iPhone is a short click that lets you know the screen is locked and the device is turned off. It’s a pretty distinctive sound, which kind of reminds me of a shorter, cleaner version of the camera shutter sound. This is a good way to confirm you’ve turned off your phone without looking at it, especially when it’s in your hand or bag.

It’s not possible to customize the lock sound, but you can adjust the volume in Settings under Sounds and Haptics. Just be aware that reducing the system volume also reduces the volume of calls and alerts, so you may need to test it out before setting your preferred level.

Some people use the lock sound to prevent accidental taps on the screen that open apps or make calls, but you can also put your iPhone in Silent mode by pressing the button on the left side of the phone. If you do this, the lock sound is disabled, so you can’t hear it at all.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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