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 discreetly snap a candid picture of a friend or a bunch of selfies. Getting rid of the shutter sound can be as easy as turning down the volume on some devices, whilst for others a little more effort may be involved. Find out how to turn off the camera shutter sound on your phone below.
Before you turn off the shutter sounds on your phone, here's a word of caution. In some territories, privacy laws make it illegal for anyone to turn off the camera shutter sound. Make sure that it is legal in your location before following any of the instructions below.
In most cases, your phone's sound profile will override your camera shutter sound options. So, if your phone is on silent, you shouldn't hear a peep from the camera anyway. But, if that or the tips below don't work for your Android phone, you can try downloading a third party app such as Silent Mode Pro.
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Devices like the the Pixel 2 XL run a stock version of Android. Stock Android doesn't have a camera setting for disabling the camera shutter sound. Instead, you will have to turn your notifications/alerts profile to silent, do not disturb or vibrate. This can be done using the volume keys on the side of your device that act as master volume controls, or in the Sound section of the Settings menu. Newer devices which run near-stock Android tend to use the same intuitive method.
On newer Samsung devices, like the S7, S8 or S9, all you need to do is change the master volume settings and the shutter sound will turn off when the phone is set to vibrate, do not disturb or silent mode.
On some older Samsung devices, you have to 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 peace and quiet.
Like stock Android, LG’s camera app doesn’t have a camera shutter sound option in the settings. Instead, it is tied to your smartphone's master volume setting. Set this to silent, do not disturb or vibrate and you won’t hear a sound when you take a photo.
On the newer HTC 10, 11 and 12 smartphones, the process for turning off the shutter sound is the same as for stock Android devices. Just change your master volume settings to vibrate, silent or do not disturb, and the shutter sound will be silenced.
On some older HTC models, disabling the camera shutter sound can be a convoluted process, but it is still effective. From your camera app, hit the three dots (hamburger) icon, then the cog wheel icon and go to General settings > Shutter sound, then untick the box.
For newer Motorola phones, like the Moto G4, G5 or G6, just use the master volume controls to set the camera shutter sound. Simply set your phone to silent, do not disturb or vibrate to ditch the camera shutter noise.
Some Motorola phones have a little dial which slides in from the left-hand side of the screen. The loudspeaker icon represents the shutter sound. Just tap it to enable or disable it.
On OnePlus devices you will need to swipe in from the left side of your screen and then tap the cog wheel, which will be on the right (either at the top or bottom). You will see the shutter sound option in the window that then opens. Set this option to Off.
On newer Huawei devices like the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, open the camera app and swipe to the left to open the Settings menu. Then turn on the Mute setting to turn off the camera shutter sound.
Disabling the camera shutter sound on certain older 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 disable the camera sound.
On newer Honor devices like Honor 10, you can change the settings within the camera app by tapping the gear icon, then turning the Mute option on. Alternatively, you can just use the master volume keys to silence the smartphone entirely, including the shutter sound.
More recent Sony devices, like the Sony Xperia XZ2, use the master volume controls to turn off the camera shutter sound. Simply set the device to silent, vibrate or do not disturb.
On some older 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.
Are you having issues turning off the camera shutter sound on your smartphone? Let us know in the comments if you have any problems!