How to Turn Off Camera Shutter Sound on Android Phones

January 6, 2012

If there is anything more awkward or irritating, it’s having people notice when you’re snapping a candid shot. One little annoying catch to using an Android phone’s camera is the little shutter sound it makes whenever you take a picture. It makes sneaking a spur-of-the-moment shot difficult, whether it’s at a meeting, a quiet room or even when you’re wandering the city. Fortunately, there are ways to turn this sound off so that you don’t have to be caught in the act.

The basic way is to switch your phone to Silent Mode. This process is simple and easy, but it comes with a few downsides. It’ll decrease the chances of alerting you when you have a new message or a call, especially when you’ve got your phone stuffed into your jacket or pants pocket or when you’re in a noisy area.

The second way is to download and install Uva Silent Widget Camera app. This Android application allows you to silence the camera’s shutter sound, without sacrificing your phone’s message and call alerts. If you’d like to give Uva Silent Widget Camera a try, you may download the app here.

Last but not the least is to install CyanogenMod 7.1.0. The ability to mute the camera shutter has been built into the ROM. This newest release updates your device’s OGG files and overwrites them to disable the sound by default. But, you won’t just be getting the option to mute your shutter sound–you’ll also get the many perks CyanogenMod 7.1.0 carries.

After you’ve installed CyanogenMod 7.1.0, you’ll need to reflash the ROM for every update. Once CyanogenMod has been installed on your phone, you’ll need to go through Settings > CyanogenMod Settings > Sound. Select Mute Camera Shutter. Once you hit OK, your camera will no longer make noise whenever you snap a picture.

Getting rid of that pesky shutter sound isn’t impossible, with three different ways of doing it for different needs. If you’d like to just briefly turn off the shutter sound, you can opt to switch your phone to Silent mode. If you’d rather install an app for it, then there’s Uva Silent Widget Camera. Or if you’d like to silence the shutter sound completely, and reap the benefits of a great ROM, there’s CyanogenMod 7.1.0.

Which one of these methods do you currently use?

Comments

  • JulyCamera

    Actually you can use this app to take picture silently, and you do not need to root your phone or do any other action.
    Try to search JulyCamera in Android Market or access to https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=JulyCamera find more detail of this app. And any review and comments are welcome.

  • Julio Lemos

    Search for “Camera Stealth Mode” in Google Play a get full version with ADS no trial or buy full version without ADS.
    Get it now.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=br.com.lemos.julio.CameraStealthModeLite

  • Carte-dor

    People HAVE go to stop thinking putting the phone to silence mode can silence the camera shutter sound, this is NOT an option. So please get it out of your head that it is a solution, because it is NOT.

    what i have found is that the phone has all these sounds which stored somewhere but are hidden from the user, and i found the BubbleBuzz notification app, which has a setting function obtaining the entire list of all the sound files inside my phone, and if only i can find a way to delete or change the file names, then i dont need all these silly app to go taking photos in silence.

    anyway know how to locate all the sound files in my phone?

  • Julio Lemos

    Camera Stealth Mode don’t make any noise and don’t needs ROOT!

  • calvin.cole

    On the samsung note, first choose and open the camera icon. Then open the settings wheel or gear at the top of the screen. Then tap the “edit Shortcuts” from the drop down menu. Then look for the “shutter sound” tab, and drag it to any one of the top four squares at the top of the screen. Then choose that shutter sound tab from the top, and select the “OFF” setting from the drop down menu. Close, and it should be done.

    • elhaha1001

      i couldn’t find any shutter sound tab at all..

  • Steve the Hulk

    The fact is that the camera stealth apps almost uniformly do not use the full resolution of the phone camera and so you get a silent but rubbish picture.

    Jelly bean does not allow you to silence the camera shutter sound. Apps that claim to do it seem not to work reliably. Just take a look of the reviews these apps tend to get – it is not pretty reading.

    I think the only way on JB is to root the phone (to gain access to ALL system files) and modify the sound file relating to the shutter sound. I have successfully rooted my Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 using the advice on how to do so here on AA.

  • Steve the Hulk

    The fact is that the
    camera stealth apps almost uniformly do not use the full resolution of
    the phone camera and so you get a silent but rubbish picture.

    Jelly bean does not allow you to silence the camera shutter sound.
    Apps that claim to do it seem not to work reliably. Just take a look of
    the reviews these apps tend to get – it is not pretty reading.

    I think the only way on JB is to root the phone (to gain access to
    ALL system files) and modify the sound file relating to the shutter
    sound. I have successfully rooted my Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100
    using the advice on how to do so here on AA.