How to plug in your iPhone without it chiming or buzzing

Charge like a ninja.

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There are times when you don't want your iPhone to make a sound when you plug it in to charge.

You could be sitting in a silent library. You could be in class listening to to a lecture. You could be slipping into bed next to your slumbering significant other. The last thing you want is for it to chime -- even the buzz of a charging iPhone in silent mode can be too much.

You could, of course, turn down the volume, plug it in and then turn the volume back up later. But if you forget to do so, you could miss your next call or text or sleep through your alarm in the morning. Luckily, there's an easier way.

To charge your iPhone without disturbing or awaking others, you just need to open the Camera app before you plug it in. And you can do this whether your phone is locked or not.

From the lock screen, swipe left to open the Camera app. After plugging in your iPhone, just hit the home button to close the Camera app and return to the lock screen.

From an unlocked phone, just launch the Camera app, plug in your iPhone and the close the Camera app.

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