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How do you turn off the Shutter sound for the camera?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by HauntedHallows, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. HauntedHallows

    HauntedHallows Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I have looked all over the phone to turn this off with no luck, has anyone figured out a way?


  2. esn

    esn Android Enthusiast

    While the camera is open hit the menue key and the option is there.
  3. Azathot

    Azathot Newbie

    Ummmmm except that it's not.... at least not in froyo...
  4. Paycer

    Paycer Android Enthusiast

    I have to agree with Azathot. I searched through the menus and settings of the stock camera application and could not find an option to disable the shutter audio.

    What camera application are you using, esn?
  5. lexluthor

    lexluthor Android Expert

    Esn must be confused.

    What about root users? Can we replace the shutter sound with a null audio file.
  6. izomiac

    izomiac Newbie

    Ok, I was searching for a way to disable the cheezy shutter sound, but after a few minutes of searching I got lazy and just did it myself using the most obvious method. Since I don't think it's helpful for people to blindly run commands, I'll try to explain the process a bit. This is only applicable for rooted users and there are no guarantees that this won't cause your phone's battery to explode and maim you for life. It should be pretty safe, but don't blame me if you manage to break your phone by following (or more likely not exactly following) these instructions.

    High level overview: We're removing read permissions from the everyone group for the camera_click.ogg file. The camera app doesn't mind and all you can hear when taking a picture is the real shutter. I never found the "beep beep" file for when you focus, but that's a little more useful and completely avoidable if you don't focus ahead of time.

    1. Open ADB or your favorite shell prompt (e.g. ConnectBot)
    2. Gain superuser permission ("su")
    3. Figure out where the device mounted to /system is located ("mount", it's "/dev/block/mmcblk1p21" on my phone)
    4. Remount /system as read-write. ("mount -o remount,rw /dev/block/mmcblk1p21 /system")
    5. Remove the read permission for the everyone group on the camera_click.ogg file ("chmod 640 /system/media/audio/ui/camera_click.ogg")
    6. "sync" and "reboot" (not truely necessary but probably good form)

    A decent file manager would let you do this with a GUI, but I haven't happened across a free one yet. "chmod" is a linux command to change file permissions. 640 means 6 = read+write for the file owner, 4 = read-only for group members, 0 = nothing for everyone else. It was 644 before we changed it. Theoretically, by minimally changing the permissions we can avoid screwing up a later system update since the file still exists and is readable and writable for the owner. It also makes our modifications a little more obvious and easy to reverse ("ls -l" to spot the changes, chmod 644... to reverse them). Also of interest might be VideoRecord.ogg in the same directory.

    Edit: It looks like someone already looked into the focus beeps. Apparently, they're part of the camera app's code, and not a file anywhere. That thread has an altered version of that app, but I'm not sure which version it is (probably not the one that came with froyo). You can also play with your volume to remove the sound, check that thread for details.
  7. goldz28

    goldz28 Android Enthusiast

    Go to the Market and seach for AudioManager

    When you open the program you will have 6 volume options
    Alarm Vol
    Music Vol
    Alerts Vol
    Ringer Vol
    System Vol
    Voice call Vol

    If you turn the system volume down you will not hear the shutter.
    Hrethgir, jlewis74, quickaudi and 2 others like this.
  8. rlxbmw

    rlxbmw Lurker

    man thank you I spent hours trying to find a different way then just turning the volume off and trying to delete the camera shutter .ogg file u rock cheers
  9. mruno

    mruno Android Expert

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  10. strider51

    strider51 Lurker

    Step 1: Root your phone
    Step 2: Download Root Explorer
    Step 3: Open Root Explorer - Navigate to /system/media/audio/ui
    Step 4: Mount R/W
    Step 5: Rename camera_click.ogg to camera_click.ogg.bak

    To undo, just rename it back

    You can kill the video camera start/stop tone here as well.
    joryramos and kevinlynguyen like this.
  11. jlewis74

    jlewis74 Well-Known Member

    This 100% works!
  12. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Android Expert

    Well, if his info is correct, probably the stock camera app on the Samsung Facinate. So that's probably why we aren't finding that toggle.
  13. normandeplume

    normandeplume Lurker

    For the Droid X you have to turn both the System volume and the Alerts Volume down. But it WORKS!!!
  14. diskovilante

    diskovilante Member

    The solution when using AudioManager: Turn down everything INCLUDING ALARM VOLUME.

    System volume and alerts volume alone do not turn of the focus beep.

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