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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Kie, May 20, 2013.

  1. Kie

    Kie Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    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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  2. apkeene

    apkeene Newbie

    My S4 is completely silent when taking photos, it came this way.
  3. james_uk

    james_uk Android Enthusiast

    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 :)

  4. veccster

    veccster Android Enthusiast

    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.
  5. barryl85

    barryl85 Well-Known Member

    Just put handset on silent or vibrate and it doesn't make a sound.
  6. apkeene

    apkeene Newbie

    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!
  7. Nick The Great

    Nick The Great Well-Known Member

    That's ridiculous to have to go to all that work to disable the sound. My DInc had that ability in the camera options.
  8. Slug

    Slug Check six!
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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.
  9. Nick The Great

    Nick The Great Well-Known Member

    So . . . why is it turned off on 'silent' mode?
  10. Slug

    Slug Check six!
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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.... :thinking:
  11. Nick The Great

    Nick The Great Well-Known Member

    Lets just hope the creeps and pervs aren't that smart :rolleyes: ;)
  12. ceva321

    ceva321 Android Enthusiast

    OP just set the phone to mute and NO SOUND from the camera...EASY
  13. KupKrazy

    KupKrazy Android Enthusiast

    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".
  14. zebug

    zebug Android Enthusiast

    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
  15. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    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
  16. TheyCallMeBT

    TheyCallMeBT Android Enthusiast

    Slightly OT, is it possible to set a hardware button, like volume down, to take a photo while in the app?
  17. KupKrazy

    KupKrazy Android Enthusiast

    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.
  18. sntaylor

    sntaylor Android Expert

    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!
  19. TheyCallMeBT

    TheyCallMeBT Android Enthusiast

    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?
  20. Kie

    Kie Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    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.
  21. rkkeller

    rkkeller Android Enthusiast

    This is not an option on my S4. Can you send a screen capture of what your seeing?
  22. Veritas4420

    Veritas4420 Android Enthusiast

    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.
  23. altauber

    altauber Lurker

    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.
  24. fascinated

    fascinated Well-Known Member

    How do I turn the camera sound the plays when I take a pic?

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