How to Disable Camera on iPhone & Lock Screen

How to Completely Disable Camera on iPhone

Want to restrict camera access on your iPhone’s Lock Screen? Whether it’s for privacy reasons, work requirements, a child’s device, or to avoid accidental photos, you can easily disable the camera on your iPhone, which also prevents camera use while the device is locked.

Looking to limit camera access? Follow along as we explain how to turn off the camera on your iPhone, including the lock screen feature. Although our focus is on the iPhone, the same steps apply to disabling the camera on an iPad.

How to Completely Disable Camera on iPhone (Lock Screen & Camera App)

We will use Apple’s Screen Time feature to disable the camera on your iOS / iPad OS device.

1) Go to “Settings” from your iPad home screen.

2) Scroll down in the settings menu and tap on “Screen Time”. If you haven’t set up Screen Time before, follow the on-screen instructions to configure it. Once in the Screen Time menu, you can scroll down and tap on “Content & Privacy Restrictions”.

3) Enable the toggle for “Content & Privacy Restrictions” to make changes. Then, tap on “Allowed Apps”.

4) Use the toggle to disable the “Camera” on your iPhone, as illustrated below.

5) After disabling, the Camera app will disappear from the iOS home screen, and the camera shortcut on the lock screen will be grayed out.

By following these steps, you have successfully disabled the camera on your iPhone or iPad, including the lock screen.

It’s important to note that you cannot disable on the lock screen only the camera shortcut; it’s an all-or-nothing setting. Therefore, the Camera app will be removed, and camera access for all apps will be disabled as well. This might change in future updates, but for now, this is how it works.

If you want to disable camera access only for specific apps, you don’t need to follow this procedure. Instead, go to the privacy settings and disable camera access for individual apps, which is a great privacy measure.

Using an older version of iOS? Screen Time isn’t available on iOS 11 and earlier, but you can still disable the camera on older devices by adjusting Restrictions in the settings, applicable to much older iOS versions as well.

If you’re a parent using Screen Time on your child’s iPhone to restrict camera access, ensure you set a Screen Time passcode to prevent them from changing the settings, and choose a code they won’t guess (and you won’t forget!).

Have you disabled your iPhone or iPad camera? Share your reasons and experiences in the comments, along with any tips you might have.

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