Looking for the option to turn off camera shutter sound on your Samsung Galaxy S4 ? You’re going to be disappointed. This is because there isn’t such an option available. Well, at least, not on my international model (GT-I9500).
So, in that case, you’ve got to choose either one of the suggestions below if you wish to snap some photos quietly in a restaurant without drawing awkward stares.
1. Put your Galaxy S4 on silent or vibrate.
Once you have your Galaxy S4 on silent or vibrate mode, the shutter and auto-focus sounds of your camera will be inaudible.
A quick way to do that is by pulling down the notification panel, and then toggle between sound, vibrate and silent.
2. Use a 3rd party camera app.
If putting your phone on total silent mode doesn’t sound like a great idea, you can try installing a silent camera app which lets you snap photos with shutter sound off even though your phone isn’t muted.
Here are some of the silent camera apps that work on my Galaxy S4. Try them out and choose one that you prefer.
1. Silent Camera by TACOTY JP KINOKO
This is one of the silent camera apps that have been around for quite some time. The ad supported app works as advertised on my Galaxy S4.
2. [High Quality] Silent camera
While this spy camera lets you snap photos silently, but the output isn’t high quality (based on its reviews on Google Play).
ProCapture is a feature-rich camera app that comes with the shutter and focus sound on/off settings. It has both free and paid versions. Unfortunately, the free version features limited output resolution and no touch-to-focus.
Additional note: If you’re wondering whether the highly rated Camera Zoom FX lets you take photos silently without putting your Galaxy S4 (GI-9500) on mute, the answer is no. I’ve tested unchecking the “Enable shutter sound ?” option on version 4.1.1, but shutter sound can still be heard.
3. Rename shutter.ogg and auto-focus in rooted Galaxy S4.
The third suggestion is a bit more technical, which requires your phone to be rooted. According to the discussion in this thread, you can rename the following audio files in system/media/audio/ui folder from .ogg to .old to make them unusable by the camera app.
shutter.ogg, auto-focus.ogg, camera_click.ogg, camera_focus.ogg, videorecord.ogg
Update on 1/8/2013:
If changing the above mentioned filenames didn’t work for you, then go through this thread and try out some of the suggestions such as :
- rename the necessary files and install the mod camera app.
- edit others.xml file in the CSC folder to “unhide” the disable shutter sound option.
- Use tasker profile to automatically toggle silent mode when using the camera.
Again, due to different S4 variants and roms, some suggestions might not work.
Disclaimer: I personally haven’t tested these suggestions. So please try this at your own risk. Webcazine will not be responsible if these methods damage your device in anyway.