All smartphones, including those of the Android persuasion, alert both you and the world when you take a photo via a signature shutter click. It is analogous to the click on a physical camera. Normally this sound isn’t an issue, but sometimes you prefer your recordings to be quiet when you’re in a meeting or capturing wildlife. We’ll show you the different ways you can turn off that shutter sound.
Decrease the master volume
Android phones have master volume buttons on the side of the handset that control the full volume of the phone, including phone ringing, music, and even the shutter click. Use these main buttons to quickly turn off shutter clicks. To do this, tap the reduce volume while watching the screen volume slider go down and then disappear. Once the volume is completely low, the phone will switch to a vibrate mode and most models will mute your phone completely. Either shake or complete silence should mute the shutter sound. This option should work with almost any Android phone or tablet, including brands like Samsung, LG, and Google Pixel, but you should still remember to restore the volume when you’re done taking photos when you want to hear your phone ring. Android 10 gives you a heads-up display, giving you even more granular control over the sound levels of various functions.
Turn off the camera shutter sound
If you want to permanently disable all shutter sounds, but still hear all other sounds on your phone, there is a more direct way to do that in the camera settings.
- From your phone’s main menu, tap the Camera icon as you would to take a photo.
- Find the camera settings – usually a gear icon somewhere at the top of the window.
- Find an option that says Shutter sound, Camera sounds, or the like. Note that the interface may look a bit different depending on the phone and the OS version you have, but this is a different setting that most Android phones have. This example uses an LG V40 ThinQ with Android 10.
- Switch the Shutter sound option to permanently turn off all shutter clicks until you decide to turn it back on.
Temporarily turn off shutter sound (Samsung)
This method generally works well with Samsung phones, but not all options may be present on all Android models or all versions of the operating system.
- In your phone’s main menu, swipe down from the top to reveal the settings and notification menu and look for the volume icon, a megaphone design (it will have a slash through it if sounds are currently turned off).
- Press and hold the volume icon until a menu for S openssounds and vibrations. This is a master volume shortcut window that allows you to switch between sound and vibrate. However, it is the Mute option we are looking for,
- On some versions of Android, you can tap Mute to Temporarily mute choice. In newer versions it is directly below it. You can use this option to temporarily mute your phone for a period of time. Select the time frame that works best for you, and all sound will be muted during that time. Many people like to use this option for meetings and events, but it is also a good choice if you will be shooting a lot with your phone and don’t want to hear the shutter sound.
If you have an older Samsung phone with an earlier version of Android (e.g. Android 6.0 Marshmallow) you may not get the temporary option but follow the same steps as above with an interface that only shows Mute choice.
In some countries, such as Japan and South Korea, you cannot mute the camera shutter sound no matter what you do. Shutter muting is disabled as phones sold for those markets have the privacy to discourage secret withdrawals. It’s not a law, but manufacturers and Japanese wireless providers are working together so that phones make a distinctive sound when you use the camera. Possible workarounds include muting the sound by covering the speaker while shooting, using the headphone jack and taking photos with your headphones as a shutter, and using third-party camera apps instead of the default Camera app . It’s worth the try.