Most smartphones produce a fake shutter sound when you take a picture. This sound can be loud and annoying, especially when you’re trying to snap a picture discreetly. Getting rid of the shutter sound is as easy as turning down the volume on some devices, on others it's a little more involved. Find out how to disable the camera shutter sound on your Android device below.
A word of caution: in some territories, privacy laws make it illegal to turn off the camera shutter sound. Make sure that it is legal in your location before following any of the instructions below.
How to disable the camera shutter sound on stock Android
Stock Android doesn't have a camera setting for disabling the camera shutter sound. Instead, you have to turn your notifications/alerts profile to silent or vibrate. This can be done using the volume keys on the side of your device.
How to disable the camera shutter sound on a Sony
On Sony Xperia devices, go to your camera app, tap the three dots (hamburger) icon menu, then the cog wheel, and set the Sound slider to Off to disable the shutter sound.
How to disable the camera shutter sound on a OnePlus
On OnePlus devices require you need to swipe in from the left side of your screen and then tap the cog wheel. You will see the shutter sound option in the window that then opens. Set this option to Off.
How to disable the camera shutter sound on an LG
Like stock Android, LG’s Lollipop camera software doesn’t have a camera shutter option. Instead, it is tied to your priorities/notification profile. Set this to Do not disturb or Vibrate and you won’t hear a sound when you take a photo.
How to disable the camera shutter sound on a Samsung
In the latest version of Samsung TouchWiz, hit the cog wheel in the camera app and you will find the Shutter sound option on the following page. Switch it to Off for some piece and quiet.
How to disable the camera shutter sound on an HTC
HTC’s method for disabling the camera shutter sound is the most convoluted, but it still works fine. From your camera app, hit the three dots (hamburger) icon, then the cog wheel icon, and go to General settings > Camera shutter sound. Untick the box.
How to disable the camera shutter sound on a Motorola
Motorola has a little dial which slides in from the left-hand side of the screen. The loudspeaker icon represents the shutter sound. Tap it to enable or disable it.
How to disable the camera shutter sound on a Huawei
Disabling the camera shutter sound on Huawei devices takes a few steps. Go to the camera app, then hit the menu icon (three lines), and then the settings button (cog wheel). Next go to Mute and enable it. This is will enable mute mode, thus disabling the camera sound.
In most cases, your sound profile will overwrite your camera shutter sound options, so if your phone is on silent you shouldn't hear a peep from the camera anyway.
If neither this nor the tips above work for your phone, try downloading a third party app such as Silent Camera Pro.Silent Camera Pro
Let us know in the comments if you have any problems disabling your camera shutter sound.