Your iPhone is designed to play a simulated camera shutter sound every time you tap on the shutter button in the Camera app to take a photograph, however this only happens when your iPhone isn’t in silent mode.
Anyone who enjoys being out of silent mode to hear their incoming notification sounds, but doesn’t really like the idea of a loud camera shutter sound emitting from their handset every time they snap a photograph, iOS developer MYXXdev™ has the solution in the form of a free jailbreak tweak called BaDaBing®.
Citing the tweak’s depiction, BaDaBing® changes the iPhone’s native camera shutter sound to Apple’s default notification ‘Tri-tone’ sound, which you can hear for yourself in the Sounds preference pane of the Settings app if you aren’t sure what that is (it appears under the Classic sub-menu).
Because the Tri-tone sound is so well-known among smartphone users, the idea is to play a less conspicuous sound than the native camera shutter sound when you snap a photograph. Everyone around you will instead think that you’re just receiving a notification instead of taking a picture.
BaDaBing® also replaces the video record start sound with the iPhone’s native ‘Ding’ sound and the video record end sound with the iPhone’s native ‘Swoosh’ sound.
For whatever reason, some people associate a type of stigma with the sounds their iPhone makes when taking photos or recording videos in public. These types of people seem worried that others could mistake their activity for taking photos or recording videos of others without their consent, when that isn’t always the case. BaDaBing® can reduce these types of anxiety by making it less obvious when you’re taking a picture or recording a video with your iPhone.
While BaDaBing® does add a new preference pane to the Settings app post-installation, it doesn’t come with any options to configure. Instead, this preference pane appears to be a haven for support links if users have any questions about using the tweak.
As an important disclaimer, some parts of the world forbid masking your camera shutter sound by law, so remember to be mindful of that and avoid breaking laws where you live.
If you’re interested in giving BaDaBing® a try for yourself, then you can download it for free from MYXXdev™’s personal repository from any package manager of your choosing. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS & iPadOS 13 and 14 devices. Those not already using MYXXdev™’s repository can add it by using the URL provided below:
Do you have any reason to swap your iPhone’s camera shutter sound with something different, or are you satisfied enough with just switching your iPhone into silent mode when you don’t want to be emitting any loud camera sounds? Let us know in the comments section down below.