We all have notification sounds on our phones or tablet devices irrespective of what brand or platform or price range they belong to. Such sounds are always for good because they tell us when we have a caller, SMS, email or some other notification. The ringing of a tone while we tap an icon or press a button or type with the keyboard indicates the successful realization of the touch input. We capture a picture with our device camera and a default shutter style sound is there to tell us that the image has been taken.

While all such sounds for system and notification tasks are convenient in most cases, there are situations when we might not want them to ring. All mobile devices have a Silent mode for such situations. This mode disables all system and notification sounds so that you could use your device quietly. On most devices, the silent mode also kills the camera shutter sound. Many manufacturers like Sony and HTC (saying this on the basis of this feature on my HTC One and Xperia Z1) add the ability to mute camera sound on their devices, but there are still others (Samsung, for example) who do not offer any such option.

All android devices have configuration files on system root that determine whether the camera shutter would ring or not. And if you have root access on your device, you can easily mute the camera using a mod, an app or manually modifying those files using a root explorer. It is worth noting that the availability of the option for disabling camera sound on Android devices depends on the norms of the country/region where a device is sold.

What would you do if you do not have a rooted Android device and you still wish to silent your phone’s camera without putting your device into silent mode? There are times when get a sudden opportunity to capture a shot and we might not get time or remember to turn the phone into silent mode. We might miss that opportunity for once and forever if it also demands secrecy or stealth.

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Disable Camera Shutter Sound on Android (for non-rooted phones):

Usually, the solution to such issues on Android devices demands root permission but thanks to the efforts of XDA member providence that we now have a very easy workaround to silent the shutter sound in the camera app. His handy app called Camera Mute was originally made to mute the irritating camera sound on Galaxy Note 3 but it also happens to work not only on the stock camera app on most Samsung Galaxy devices but on those of some other devices from other OEMs too. Below is a list of models Camera Mute has been tested and found working on:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy S2
  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
  • Lenovo P780
  • LG G2
  • Huawei Ascend D1 XL

I tested it myself on Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, HTC One and Xperia Z1. While it worked well on Samsung devices, it made no change on the other 2 phones. The good thing, however, is that most Sony and HTC devices have the option to turn off camera sound Off in camera settings.

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The reason why Camera Mute does not require root access is very easy to understand. Just as you launch the stock camera app on your device, it temporarily enables silent mode. Using Camera Mute is as easy as installing it. Just download the app from the link below, copy the Apk to your device and then install it. Open the app drawer, launch Camera Mute and just enable it.

Download: CameraMuteV1_5.apk | Mirror


Mute Camera Shutter Sound on Rooted Devices:

If you got root privilege on your Android phone or tablet, you can get rid of the camera sound in more than one ways. Besides, using the methods discussed above, you can do the following things:

  • Install a mod to disable camera sound. You can find an Xposed module to turn camera sound off.
  • Install a custom ROM that has mute camera sound feature.
  • Install an app that mutes camera sound. Silent Mode/All Mute Trial (Camera Mute) for Free and  Camera Sound off! (root) is a good solution.
  • Use a third-party camera app that let you capture pictures without shutter sound. Open Camera, Silent Camera, and apps like these can help you with this.
  • Yet another option for root users is by modifying file names on the device system. The method requires a root explore app on your device. Here is how you can do it:
    1. Open root explorer app
    2. Navigate to system> media> audio> ui
    3. Tap on mount r/w at the top of the screen
    4. Scroll down to Shutter.ogg (the name might differ on some devices) and rename it to Shutter.ogg.bakhtc-one-camera-sound
    5. Also rename Shutter_multiple.ogg to Shutter_multiple.ogg.bak
    6. Done!

It’s time now wind up this little guide. I just hope it proves helpful to the fellows of our Android community. If you have any problem or you just want to share your experience with us, we would be more than glad to hear from you. Just drop us a comment! Cheers!



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