Anyone hoping that Samsung had finally listened to its customers and given them the option to turn off the annoying camera shutter noise on its new Samsung Galaxy S5 handset is in for an unpleasant shock.
Just like its predecessors, some models once again come burdened with an annoying camera noise that you can’t turn off by default.
Happily, it is possible to turn off this pointless racket, but how hard that is depends on the specific handset you own.
Here’s my guide to silencing the Samsung Galaxy S5 camera. I hope it works for you.
1. Just turn it off in the menu
Before we begin, the thing to understand is that although the phone may look the same the world over, there are subtle differences that can be found according to the region the cameras is sold in, and who the carrier is.
If you’re lucky, turning off the shutter sound is simply a case of scrolling through your camera menu and finding the option marked ‘shutter sound’ and turning that to ‘off.’ Job done!
However, for a lot of you, that option won’t be there, or even if it is, it may not work – and believe us, we know exactly how annoying that is.
2. Turn the volume down
Turn your volume down to zero or vibrate and that should always stop the noise.
Of course, that’s not much of a practical solution and it’s something that you’re likely to forget to do on occasion, so here’s some other solutions worth trying, starting with the simplest first.
Remember, thanks to Samsung’s genius, not all solutions will work for everyone so you may have to try several before you finally reach silent camera nirvana.
3. Download another camera app
This is a bit of a frustrating fix because I rather like the built-in app, but there are quite a few apps available which will silence the pesky clunking noise.
My favourite silent camera app is ProCapture, is a fully featured affair packed full of options, with the only drawback being that the free version has limited output resolution and no touch-to-focus.
Its also worth noting that both versions are a bit slower to start up than the built-in camera app, but it’s what we’ve been using.
Silent Camera (pictured above) is a fairly basic and gloriously silent camera app, which is free to download but comes with adverts.
[High Quality] Silent camera lets you sneakily take photos without the screen on, although the ad-supported app has a bit of a creaky interface and there seems to be some debate amongst Google Play users as to how ‘high quality’ the results are.
It’s definitely worth checking out the trial version of camera apps before buying, because not all may work as advertised on your handset.
For example, the hugely popular Camera Zoom FX has a promising toggle switch entitled, “enable shutter sound,” but unticking this makes not a jot of difference – and that’s a bit frustrating seeing as I paid for the thing.
4. Download a fix
This one has been around for ages although I’ve only recently discovered it – and seeing as it worked for me it could have saved me a lot of grief in the past!
Before you can use it, you need to let your phone install apps from sources other than Google Play. Here’s how you do that:
Step 1: Click the MENU button
Step 2: Go to SETTINGS
Step 3: Click on APPLICATIONS
Step 4: Make sure that “UNKNOWN SOURCES” is checked
Step 5: Read the warning message and click OK
Then download enforced stream silencer APK file on your phone, locate the file and install away.
When you see the icon in your apps drawer/homescreen, click on it and tick the box (see above) and that should silence the pesky camera for good – although it’s not guaranteed.
It worked for us, but we found that we sometimes we had to go back and tick the box again.
5. Install Tasker
Tasker is a clever – and horribly complicated – app that lets you automate actions on your phone, so it’s possible to set it so that every time you fire up your camera, the phone is muted.
It’s really not an easy program to get your head around, but it does seem to work very reliable once it’s set up.
Here’s the instructions from their website:
How can I silence the camera shutter sound ?
This varies per device.
Try creating a new profile with an App context and select the Camera app. When asked to create a task, add the following actions:
- Task / Wait, 2 seconds
- Audio / Sound Effects, off
- Audio / Media Volume, 0
- Audio / System Volume, 0
- Audio / Notification Volume, 0
- Audio / Silent Mode, on
Then go to the Camera app, wait a couple of seconds and try taking a picture.
If you still hear the shutter sound, go back to the Tasker UI, click on the task that you created and hit the Play button bottom-left to run the task manually. Then go back to the Camera app. If you still hear the shutter sound, then it’s not going to be possible for Tasker to disable it on your device.
Some manufacturers deliberately prevent disabling of the shutter sound, perhaps for legal reasons.
A user has reported that setting DTMF volume to 0 removes the focus sound in the camera app.
I got really frustrated trying to get this to work, but it is worth persevering because this was the only thing that completely silenced my S2/S4/S5 cameras.
6. Get rooting
To take real control of your phone, you need to root your phone. It’s not particularly hard to do but – to be honest – it’s not a job for the technophobic.
Once rooted, it’s a case of navigating to the folder where your audio files are stored (usuallysystem/media/audio/ui ) and renaming all the files relating to the camera noise (e.g. shutter.ogg, auto-focus.ogg, camera_click.ogg, camera_focus.ogg, videorecord.ogg) – and voila!
You’re the owner of a silent camera!
Did any of these work for you?
Please share your tips and experiences below so I can keep this guide updated and as useful as possible – as a keen photographer, I know just how annoying that stupid clicking shutter is!