How to Disable Camera Shutter Sound on Android

How to Disable Camera Shutter Sound on Android

Whenever you capture a picture on your Android device, you hear a shutter sound that confirms that the picture has been successfully captured. While that sound is not too noisy, it can distract any sensitive object you are taking the picture of, a baby, for example. It is actually a big issue for photographers who capture pictures of the objects that are ultra-sensitive and can be affected even with a little sound like the shutter sound on your device.

Unfortunately, the default camera app on most Android devices does not have an option to disable the shutter sound. However, there are some third party tools that can help you disable the sound so that you can capture anything you want without breaking the silence. Here are two of those ways:

Note: the following methods require your Android phone to be rooted. Unfortunately, there is no way for you to disable the Shutter sound on an unrooted phone.

This is the easiest way to turn off the camera shutter sound on an Android device. In order for this to work your device must be rooted, as the app interacts with the system files on your device which cannot be done on an unrooted device.

1. Head to the Google Play store and install the Camera Sound off! (root) app on your device.

2. Launch the app from the app drawer on your device.

3. You will be prompted to provide the app with root permissions. Tap on the “Grant” button to do so, and it will let you move forward.

Provide the app with root permissions.

4. On the screen that follows, you will see a drop-down menu with the label “Camera Sound is.” Tap on the menu, and it should say “OFF.”

Tap to turn the Camera Sound off.

The shutter sound has been disabled on your device. Your camera won’t make any sound while capturing the images anymore.

If you ever wish to turn on the sound, just tap that option again, and it will say “ON.”

If you would like to do the task in a geeky way, you can manually modify the system files so that your camera doesn’t make any sound while it is capturing an image. Here’s how you can do that.

This also requires root-access.

1. Install a root explorer app like ES File Explorer on your device.

2. Launch the app from your app drawer.

3. When the app launches, head to the main “/” directory. That is where you can find the actual OS files for your device.

Head to the main '/' directory.

4. Now, head to “/system/media/audio/ui” using the app.

5. Once there, tap and hold on the “Shutter.ogg” file and select “Rename.”

Tap and hold on the file named 'Shutter.ogg.'

6. Rename the file so that it says “Shutter.ogg.bak.” When that is done, tap the “OK” button to save the changes.

Rename the file so that it says 'Shutter.ogg.bak.'

7. Do the same for the file named as “Shutter_multiple.ogg.” Just add the word “.bak” at the end of the file name.

8. When that is all done, close the ES Explorer app.

What you did above is rename the sound files that the camera app uses while capturing an image. The next time the app tries to play the sound from these files, it will not be able to do so because these files have been renamed, and the app will think they no longer exist.

Should you ever want to restore the settings, just remove the “.bak” part from the file names, and your shutter sound will be back.

If you are ever in a situation where you wish to capture a picture but just can’t make even a little bit of noise, you can use the above methods to turn that shutter sound off and do your job.

Happy (silent) capturing!

14 comments

  1. How to root my Note III? No idea how to do this and if there are any concequences for other apps like i-banking etc.

    • Hello Mixay,

      There are various methods to root various Android devices.

      Can you please let us know the model number of your device so we can help you out? You can find the model number in Menu > Settings > About phone.

      Thanks!

      • Hello Mahesh Makvana, thanks I appreciate it! The model is SM-N9005. I don’t feel confident with rooting as I never did this before -although I’m not a noob- and have no idea of the ‘side effects’ of rooting regarding the functionality of other apps -of which some important- hence I never tried it..

        • Hello Mixay,

          Thanks for the prompt reply!

          Yours is the 3G & LTE variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. You can root it using the Chainfire’s CF-Root method.

          Before you root your device, you should know the basics of it. Please check out our article that explains what root is at the following link – http://www.maketecheasier.com/android-root-custom-recovery-and-roms/

          If you feel comfortable after reading the above article, let me know and I’ll teach you how you can root your device.

          Hope this helps!

  2. If your phone is not rooted, the easiest way is to put your phone on silent and take the picture. No shutter sound !

  3. It is a legal requirement in many countries for the phone to make a sound when taking a picture, to counter those who like to take pictures with their cameras aimed up skirts and perform other obnoxious camera tricks. That is why you have to root the phone to turn the camera sound off.

    While the worst offenders probably already know how to do this, now you have told every 12 year-old wannabe pervert. Nice going on the moral front.

    I suggest that you check the law in the country where you live, and the law in the country that this web site operates from, to see if you are at risk of falling foul of the law. Do also consider whether you want to be associated with an article that appears to advocate breaking the law.

    Great piece, well written with clear instructions and good use of pictures to support the instructions.

    • Hello,

      The guide only explains how you can get the specified job done on your device. It does NOT encourage people that they must do it. As said in the introduction, you should use this when you’re taking the picture of a baby who you don’t want to distract with the shutter sound while he/she is sleeping.

      Let me give you an example:

      You can easily buy a knife from the market. Now, you can use it for two things: good things & bad things. What would you go for? Of course, the good things!

      It can be used to slice the fruits and the same knife can be used to hurt someone. Does it mean it’s the problem of the knife? No, it’s the problem of the person who’s using it.

      So, the purpose of the above guide is for you to use it in a good day. Use it to capture the silent moments of your life!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving us a comment!

      • And what do you say to the legal thing?

        “It is a legal requirement in many countries for the phone to make a sound when taking a picture…” Are you advocating breaking this law?

        Why else do you think the manufacturers went to the trouble of having it make a sound, and then did not give an option to turn it off? They researched the law before releasing their product.

        • As for the legal thing, it is the duty of the citizen of that particular country to obey the rules. The guide does not say anything about breaking them. All this guide does is teach a simple way to shut that sound off.

          The guide does not mention the countries where that thing is prohibited as rules change too often. Take the example of Singapore. Chewing gums are not allowed there, does that mean that every chewing gum website should mention that “please do NOT take our gums to Singapore as it is not allowed there”? Is that so?

          If it’s allowed, then do so in your country. If it is not, then don’t. That’s a common sense that everyone has.

          This guide can also help those who are from a country where the shutter sound must be ON and are going to another country where the shutter sound can be turned OFF.

          As far as I know, most manufacturers sell the same model of their devices in various countries. These include the countries where that thing is prohibited and the countries where that thing is allowed. To be in the safe side, they do not include the option to turn that sound off. That is what my understanding is.

          I hope this clears some things up for you!

          Have an awesome day!

        • Blaming the breaking of laws on camera shutter sound is like blaming murder on the guns rather then the people pulling the trigger, blaming rape on viagra, blaming theft of lack of alarm system, blaming famine on using outdated agricultural practices, or, here comes my favourite, blaming good posts such as the above on having senseless, self-important comments, that make no sense and only serve to satisfy the commenter to feel “smart”…

          Those are only tool and it is always the human behoind them that is responsible for anyaction taken. :)

          • Well, Attila, you certainly fit your own description of “senseless, self-important comments”. Got any more flame to dish out? You certainly didn’t add anything to the discussion.

            The guy has a point – both Samsung and Nokia say on their sites that they don’t provide the means to turn off the sound because it is a legal requirement in most of the countries they operate in.

            Now the guy doesn’t appear to be too bothered about the actual use the camera will get put to, so much as whether the author wants a rep for advocating breaking the law.

            You may remember that VISA very publicly refused to process any more credit payments to the Wikileaks web site. When challenged in court to justify their action, as no actual crime had been attributed to the website, VISA’s legal eagles pointed to a single post on the site that they said “advocated breaking the law”.

            I do not suggest maketecheasier will get into trouble with VISA, nor that Mahesh Makvana, who writes excellently, may have difficulty with obtaining employment in the future. I am just curious at what makes an outragist like you, Attila, want to flame people who make straight forward comments.

            Is it a sense of self satisfaction from putting the world to rights?

            Or do you feel so powerless in the real world that you balance it online because no one can hit you with anything harder than words?

  4. Cliff, whether you are the original commenter, or not: I just dislike seeing people being all-smart about something. Now, you are right, advocating breaking the law íi>has been used against WikiLeaks, but in such case <anything would have been used to justify their case, especially when VISA themselves were breaking laws in their conduct.

    But you are missing my point: Blaming the writer for people not abiding the law in their own countries is perfectly pointless. It is the end-user’s responsibility to know, whether he can or cannot do something by law. If I write a piece, on how to disable alarm systems technically, and somebody robs a bank where such alarm was employed, who has committed the crime and whose responsibility was it? can they claim, they did not know it was illegal to rob banks? That I made them do it? Pointing the finger towards someone else, saying “he said so” is just putting the blame off themselves and onto someone else. people have problems with taking responsibility… it is just a question of growing up.

    About my online presence: I give much more to the internet, than pointless comments on other people’s excellent work. (I write for websites sites, including this one). When you have something to show (other than soft hitting words), please come and see me about dishes, flames and feeling powerless. :)

  5. (By the by, wasn1t it a good demonstration of my point, being senseless and self-important? :d now you must know what I mean!)

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