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Old May 20th, 2013, 07:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't know about you guys but I like to have a bit of silence when taking photos; not for secretive/perverse purposes (which is why Samsung don't allow you to turn it off as an option) but so I don't annoy people around me with my endless clicking.

The following tip is probably around other boards here, but I couldn't find anything. So to remove the (rather loud) shutter sound when taking a photo:

1. Must have root access.
2. Download Root Explorer
3. Navigate to system -> media -> audio -> ui
4. Tap Mount R/W at the top
5. Scroll down to Shutter.ogg and rename it to Shutter.ogg.bak
6. Rename Shutter_multiple.ogg to Shutter_multiple.ogg.bak

Now the shutter sound is gone. Please use this responsibly.
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Old May 21st, 2013, 03:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My S4 is completely silent when taking photos, it came this way.
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I have only tried taking a pic with my phone on vibrate (as its usually set to that), up to now i haven't heard my S4 make a sound either.

Maybe if you don't have the phone on silent or vibrate it does make a sound?

I am happy enough leaving it on vibrate though.

I have used the exact same tip though on my S2 to remove the sound so i know it does work

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I like having the option of turning on and off the shutter sound. I'll probably use Tasker to control it. I can then toggle the Task quickly if (for some reason) I want the shutter sound back again.
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Just put handset on silent or vibrate and it doesn't make a sound.
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Here you go
This should effectively remove your shutter sound.
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Maybe if you don't have the phone on silent or vibrate it does make a sound?
Oh yes that's exactly it. If the ringtone (etc) is set to vibrate, the camera makes no sound, otherwise it makes a loud shutter noise. I tend to have it set to vibrate for calls etc. Suits me OK for the camera, but sometimes it can be a little weird wondering if it's actually taken anything or not. Good to know how to change this!
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That's ridiculous to have to go to all that work to disable the sound. My DInc had that ability in the camera options.
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That's ridiculous to have to go to all that work to disable the sound.
It's a legal requirement in some jurisdictions to protect privacy. A sad indictment of modern society, but understandable when you see this sort of thing going on.
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It's a legal requirement in some jurisdictions to protect privacy. A sad indictment of modern society, but understandable when you see this sort of thing going on.
So . . . why is it turned off on 'silent' mode?
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why is it turned off on 'silent' mode?
Dunno, and I can confirm that the same happen with my Xperia Z (JB 4.1.2) when switched to "vibrate only" - no shutter sound. "Curiouser and curioser", said Alice....
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Dunno, and I can confirm that the same happen with my Xperia Z (JB 4.1.2) when switched to "vibrate only" - no shutter sound. "Curiouser and curioser", said Alice....
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OP just set the phone to mute and NO SOUND from the camera...EASY
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Is it just me, but my GS4 and GS3 has/had the option to turn off the shutter sound in the settings of the camera. My camera doesn't make any sound when taking pictures. I know in the past it was a requirement, but I've notice more and more phones that seem to make it easy to turn off now.

In the GS4, when you go to settings while running the Camera, hit the gear icon and the second to last option is 'Shutter Sound".
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I keep hearing people saying its the law that the cell phone must make a sound, but from what I keep finding, the law was never passed. Link below, now this would be for a national law, I don't know about state laws but I can't see a big company making different phones for different states/cities/etc.

Camera Phone Predator Alert Act (2009; 111th Congress H.R. 414) - GovTrack.us
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I keep hearing people saying its the law that the cell phone must make a sound, but from what I keep finding, the law was never passed. Link below, now this would be for a national law, I don't know about state laws but I can't see a big company making different phones for different states/cities/etc.

Camera Phone Predator Alert Act (2009; 111th Congress H.R. 414) - GovTrack.us
The US isn't the only laws phone manufacturers care about.

Its easier to design once than worry about laws in every locale

If you want to remove the camera sound, rooting is usually a good start
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Slightly OT, is it possible to set a hardware button, like volume down, to take a photo while in the app?
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Slightly OT, is it possible to set a hardware button, like volume down, to take a photo while in the app?

Yes. In the same menu I mentioned above to turn off the shutter sound, there is an option there to change the volume buttons to either zoom, take a picture, or take a video.
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Is it just me, but my GS4 and GS3 has/had the option to turn off the shutter sound in the settings of the camera. My camera doesn't make any sound when taking pictures. I know in the past it was a requirement, but I've notice more and more phones that seem to make it easy to turn off now.

In the GS4, when you go to settings while running the Camera, hit the gear icon and the second to last option is 'Shutter Sound".
Second to last option for my s4 is storage(card or phone) for have a sound option,I am in Scotland.

Can confirm though that the option to use the volume key I'd there, I've been using it since day 2 when I discovered it :-) had my s2 set up the same way, especially as zoom is pretty much pointless!
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Yes. In the same menu I mentioned above to turn off the shutter sound, there is an option there to change the volume buttons to either zoom, take a picture, or take a video.
Yes! I hate having to use a third party camera app on my GNex. Thanks!

Another question, that isn't very important-- just curious, can you set one volume key to do one thing and the other button, another?
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Is anyone else in Australia? I have no option to lower the sound of shutter in camera settings, nor does it turn off when everything is on silent/vibrate, hence why I posted the tip. Again, it doesn't help to have international versions mixed with american all in one forum...since people think you're an idiot rather than having a device with different settings on it.
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In the GS4, when you go to settings while running the Camera, hit the gear icon and the second to last option is 'Shutter Sound".


This is not an option on my S4. Can you send a screen capture of what your seeing?
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I think like the Note 2 and S3 the shutter sound is carrier specific. I have a friends with the Note 2 and S3 on sprint and they have no way to change the shutter sound.
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I lost the ability to turn off shutter sound too with the JB 4.1.2 upgrade on my Samsung Note. Turning vibrate on kills the shutter sound but the extra steps are a pain.

I found a solution that takes this back to one click on the camera icon - the E-Robot extension for the Elixir app.

I set up an E-Robot command to turn vibrate on when the camera app gets focus and another command to turn vibrate off when the camera app stops or loses focus.

Works like a charm - one click and no shutter sound as long as E-Robot is running.
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How do I turn the camera sound the plays when I take a pic?
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While in camera mode...

Menu>Settings>Gear Icon>scroll down to 'shutter sound' and select on/off.
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While in camera mode...

Menu>Settings>Gear Icon>scroll down to 'shutter sound' and select on/off.
Not there on the Verizon model. Turning the volume all the way down does work though.
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I have the app Tasker and I have mine programmed to silent mode anytime the camera app is active.
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Put your phone on silent and the camera noise goes away.
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It's a legal requirement in some jurisdictions to protect privacy. A sad indictment of modern society, but understandable when you see this sort of thing going on.
I seriously suspect that's indeed the case.
While there might not be an official laws in place just yet, the telco regulators are (at least in here, Malaysia) the one that make requests for certain market specific features.

I bought my S2 and first S3 in Monaco. Turning sound to Vibrate, didn't disabled the shutter. But then I bought second S3, Note 2 and S4 in Malaysia, where internet and telco laws are not keeping up with rest of the world (yet), and the Vibrate works like charm in disabling the shutter sound. Still does, on my brand new S4 LTE

I remember few years ago the trend for "up-skirt" photos, lead many phone manufactures to permanently removing shutter sound toggle, out of mere concern for the ladies.

And perhaps that's exactly the reason why firmware upgrade roll-outs, can be months apart between countries. There could really be, lots of OS flavors, based on location and telco specs. I can hardly imagine any other reason for such feature inconsistency.

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