How To Completely Disable Rear Facing Camera Hardware on iPhone Devices

The rear facing camera on iPhone devices is a useful feature for taking photos and videos. However, there may be situations where you want to completely disable the rear facing camera hardware. Here is a guide on how to do that.

Reasons To Disable Rear Facing Camera

Here are some common reasons you may want to disable the rear facing camera hardware:

  • Privacy – Disabling the camera prevents it from secretly taking photos or videos without your knowledge. This ensures complete privacy.
  • Security – Having the camera disabled prevents malicious apps from accessing it and taking unwanted pictures.
  • Restrict Usage – You can disable the rear camera to restrict usage, especially for kids. This prevents them from taking too many pictures and fills up storage.
  • Improve Performance – Disabling unused hardware like cameras can sometimes slightly improve system performance and battery life.

Methods to Disable Rear Camera Hardware

There are a couple methods you can use to disable the rear facing camera hardware on iPhones:

Use Parental Controls and Restrictions

The simplest way is to use the built-in Screen Time parental controls and restrictions:

  • Go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions
  • Enter your passcode if prompted
  • Scroll down and turn off the toggle for “Camera”

This will completely disable the rear camera across the entire system. The camera icon will disappear from the home screen. You won’t be able to access the camera from within any apps either.


  • Simple process using built-in settings


  • Disables front camera too
  • Can be bypass with passcode reset

Manually Remove Camera App

Alternatively, you can manually remove the Camera app from your iPhone:

  • Long press on the Camera app icon until the icons start to shake
  • Tap the X icon on the top left corner of the Camera app icon
  • Confirm that you want to delete the app


  • Allows keeping front camera enabled
  • Prevents access to camera from lock screen


  • Camera can still be accessed from within other apps
  • Deleting system apps can cause issues

Considerations Before Disabling Rear Camera

Before disabling the rear facing camera hardware, keep these important considerations in mind:

  • Permanent Disable – There is no way to re-enable camera hardware without factory reset. Backup data first.
  • Loss Of Features – Many apps and features like FaceTime, QR Code scanning, augmented reality apps will stop working.
  • Affects Resale Value – Having rear camera disabled may impact resale value of your iPhone if selling it later secondhand.
  • Repair Difficulties – Getting the camera repaired later at Apple Store becomes harder if software disabled instead of hardware issue.
  • Warranty Issues – Manipulating system apps can cause warranty problems if you need to claim it later for unrelated issues.


In summary, completely disabling the rear facing camera hardware can be achieved via parental controls restrictions or by removing the system Camera app. Both methods have their pros and cons to consider before proceeding. Make sure you fully backup data first. Also be prepared for permanent loss of camera features across many apps and system features after disabled.

Hope this guide gives you a good understanding of how to disable the rear facing camera hardware on iPhone devices if needed. Let me know if you have any other questions!