Can I disable UIPickerView scroll sound?

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After using this specific undocumented api for over a year on the App Store Apple finally asked me to remove it from my App. It is very frustrating for audio apps to have that damn click sound. The best advice is to share with users that the picker sound can be disabled globally in the settings application under “Sounds” and setting “Keyboard Clicks” to “Off”. I also strongly recommend visiting and filing a bug for UIPickerView, as it can cause distortion in audio applications when the picker click is played.

I’ve been struggling with a UIPickerView sound issue, and even though it’s only partially relevant to the original question, I’m posting the problem/solution here because this topic keeps coming up in my search results so I think anyone else in the same boat may end up here too…

I needed to initialize a UIPickerView to restore the currently selected row from saved data. Simple, right? In viewDidLoad, just call the selectRow:inComponent:animated method of UIPickerView:

[myPicker selectRow:currentRowIndex inComponent:0 animated:NO];

This works as expected, but has a side effect that it generates a single “click” sound as if the user had scrolled the control. The click sound only occurs when running on a device (not the simulator), and only if the device has iOS 3.x installed (I tested with 3.1.3 and 3.2). This was apparently a bug in iOS that was fixed starting with iOS 4.0. But if you need to target Gen1 iPhone, you’re stuck with iOS 3.1.3 where this problem is present.

I discussed the issue with Apple DTS, but they were unable to suggest any workaround other than upgrading to 4.0. I asked if they would make an exception and permit the use of the undocumented setSoundsEnabled mentioned above (which does actually solve the problem). The answer was, “There are no exceptions.”

After some additional detective work, I discovered that you can prevent the sound from occurring by temporarily removing the UIPickerView from the superview, call selectRow, then re-add it to the superview. For example, in viewDidLoad:

UIView *superview = [myPicker superview];
[myPicker removeFromSuperview];

[myPicker reloadAllComponents];
[myPicker selectRow:currentRowIndex inComponent:0 animated:NO];

[superview addSubview:myPicker];

This gets rid of the extraneous click sound without using undocumented/private APIs so should pass Apple’s approval process.

they have just rejected an app of mine because the use of undocumented api’s…thats one of them.

There is an undocumented way (I’m actually not sure if it is still available in iphone 3.0) but here it is any way

#import <UIKit/UIKit.h>

@interface SilintUIPickerView: UIPickerView
{ }

- (void) setSoundsEnabled: (BOOL) enabled;

use this subclass instead and call [view setSoundsEnabled: NO]

I’m interested in knowing how it goes in the latest SDK, give it a shot and let us know.

Someone I know says he got this past the App Store review just last week:

// Hide private API call from Apple static analyzer
SEL sse = NSSelectorFromString([NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@%@%@", @"set",@"Sounds",@"Enabled:"]);
if ([UIPickerView instancesRespondToSelector:sse]) {
    IMP sseimp = [UIPickerView instanceMethodForSelector:sse];
    sseimp(self.thePicker, sse, NO);

Could this trick work? Someone was able to suppress the camera shutter sound effect by playing an inverted copy of the sound at the same moment:

Maybe this not the answer for this particular question, but I had a similar problem – set minimumDate for datePicker, and I wanted set it without annoying “click” sound. After some time found very simple solution:

datePickerCustomTime.minimumDate = [[NSDate date] dateByAddingTimeInterval:300]// min time to set = now + 5 min
  [datePickerCustomTime setDate:[[NSDate date] dateByAddingTimeInterval:300] animated:NO];

I found small quickie solution for this try below

        UIPickerView *pickerView = [[UIPickerView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0, yPickerView, VIEW_WIDTH, PICKERVIEW_HEIGHT)];
        pickerView.delegate = self;
        pickerView.dataSource = self;
        pickerView.showsSelectionIndicator = YES;
        pickerView.alpha = 0.8f;
        pickerView.tag = fieldTag;
        [pickerView selectRow:pickerViewSelectedIndex inComponent:0 animated:NO];

set the animated:NO for selectRow: method