By default, most smartphones produce a distinguishable fake shutter sound when you’re taking a picture. Sometimes this is appropriate, other times, it can be loud and annoying, especially when you’re trying to snap a picture and be discrete about it.
For some devices, it’s as easy as just turning down the volume on your device or just disabling the option in your camera app. For others, such as Samsung, you don’t have that luxury. Fortunately, there are some workarounds for this that we’ll show you how to do!
As stated above, for some devices, you can simply head to the settings of your camera app and turn off the shutter sound yourself. This applies for both HTC and Sony devices. However, for LG and Samsung, you’re not presented with those options. Here are two methods for dealing with this: one that requires your device to be rooted, another that doesn’t require root.
No Root Required
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to disable the shutter sound, you can quickly grab the Camera Mute app, which basically silences your phone when you open your camera app and then restores the sound once you exit it. This app was developed over at the XDA Developers forum and just click here to check it out for yourself. You’ll have to sideload the app and install the APK yourself, so make sure to allow installation from unknown sources before diving into grabbing Camera Mute.
Camera Mute is compatible with the following devices:
- 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
- Oppo N1
If you’ve already managed to root your device, the following solutions might be a little bit better for you. There are several modules available for Xposed that will do this for you with Wanam being a popular one for Samsung devices that works with other devices as well. Secondly, you can also install an application that requires rooted access, such as Ultimate Sound Control or Silent Camera. Both these apps require root access and allow you to play around with a ton of sound features and aren’t just limited to making sure your shutter sound doesn’t go off when you take a picture.