In September 2023, Apple launched its iPhone 15 series. Along with this release, Apple introduced a new action button that can perform various functions. Previously used as a silent button on older phones, it can now be used to take pictures, start video recording, and more. Additionally, Apple rolled out iOS 17, which offers features like “Easy Share” and enhanced “AirDrop” sharing.
With the introduction of iOS 17 and the new action button on the iPhone 15 series, there’s also a silent icon that appears in the Status Bar. While many users are excited about this feature, others aren’t. As a result, several users want to remove the icon but are unsure how to. Fortunately, this guide will address the issue. Apple has provided an option to hide the silent bell icon on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Here’s how.
The Action button is located where the side switch used to be on previous iPhone models and functions with a long press. By default, it’s set to toggle silent mode on and off. However, even if you customize the Action button to control a different function, a new silent bell icon will display in the iPhone 15 Pro’s status bar, right next to the time.
How to hide silent bell icon on iPhone 15 Series
- Find the Settings app, or you can simply use Siri to search for it.
- Tap on the Settings app on your iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max.
- Scroll and tap on Sounds & Haptics, located near Notifications.
- Tap the second toggle down next to Show in Status Bar to hide the silent bell icon.
If you’re unfamiliar with the features available for the action button, I’ve provided a list of options below. You can customize this new button according to your preferences:
Silent mode (default), Focus mode, Camera Flashlight, Voice Memo, Shortcut, Accessibility features, such as magnifier and more, No Action, and “Translate” will be available with an update later this year.
If you set the Action button to activate a function other than silent mode, you can toggle the silent mode on/off via the Control Center or by going to Settings > Sounds & Haptics.
Customize the Status Bar Icons on Your iPhone
By following these simple four steps, you can remove or hide the silent bell icon that appears in the status bar on your iPhone. This action allows you to eliminate the silent bell icon from the status bar, reducing unnecessary clutter. It’s also one of the easiest ways to customize your iPhone and give it a unique touch.
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