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Most smartphones make the wrong shutter sound when taking a picture. It can be loud and annoying, especially when you’re trying to discreetly take a candid picture of a friend or a series of selfies. Removing the shutter sound can be as simple as turning the volume down on some devices, while others may require a little more effort. Here’s how to turn off your phone’s camera shutter sound.

Before you turn off the shutter sound on your phone, you should be careful. In some areas, privacy laws make it illegal for anyone to turn off the camera shutter sound. Make sure it is legal in your location before following the instructions below.

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How to turn off camera shutter sound on standard Android

Devices like the Google Pixel 3 run a standard version of Android that, until recently, didn’t have a camera setting to turn off the camera shutter sound. That is no longer the case. On the Google Pixel 3 with Android 11, I was able to turn off the camera’s shutter sound by going into the camera settings. So can you do it too.

  • Open that camera App
  • At the top, tap the little arrow icon
  • In the menu that appears, tap the little gear icon
  • Make sure, that Camera sounds Option is disabled
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In this way you turn off the sound of the camera shutter on Android / © NextPit

In some countries this option may not be available in the local firmware. In such cases, you need to mute, not disturb or vibrate your notification / alert profile. This can be done using the volume buttons on the side of your device that serve as the main volume controls, or in the sound Section of the the settings Menu. Newer devices that have Android almost in stock tend to use the same intuitive method.

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Use the volume key or the Settings menu to turn off the sound on newer smartphones or those with standard Android. / © NextPit

How to turn off the camera shutter sound on a Samsung

Newer Samsung devices usually have the option to turn off the camera’s shutter sound. Again, this depends heavily on the localized firmware your phone is on. If the feature is enabled on your Samsung device, you can access it in the following ways.

Navigate to the Camera app, open it and tap the Settings icon. Swipe and tap the switch next to the shutter sound to turn it off.

  • Open the camera app
  • Tap the the settings symbol
  • Swipe to Shutter sound
  • Turn it off

On devices that don’t have this option, all you need to do is change the master’s volume settings. The shutter sound is turned off when the phone is set to vibrate, do not disturb, or mute.

Samsung Galaxy S9 plus Shutter Sound

On Samsung smartphones like the S9 +, all you have to do is mute the phone. / © NextPit

Some older Samsung devices have to hit the gear in the camera app and you will find that Shutter sound Option on the next page. Turn it on out for some peace and quiet.

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How to disable the camera shutter sound on older Samsung smartphones. / © NextPit

How to turn off the camera shutter sound on an LG

As with standard Android, the LG camera app does not have a camera shutter sound option in the settings. Instead, it’s tied to your smartphone’s volume setting. Set this to silent, do not interfere or vibrate and you won’t hear any sound when you take a photo.

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You can mute the shutter sound by muting the main volume on your smartphone. You can also take a photo by saying “cheese”. / © NextPit

How to turn off the camera shutter sound on an HTC

If you’re still using an HTC smartphone, the process of turning off the shutter button is the same as for standard Android devices. Just change your master volume settings to vibrate, be quiet, or not disturb, and the shutter sound will be muted.

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To turn off HTC phones, use the master volume buttons or the settings menu to turn off the shutter sound. / © NextPit

On some older HTC models, disabling the camera shutter sound can be a complicated process, but it still works. In your camera app, drag the two lines in the upper center downwards. You will find a variety of photo options. Scroll left until you see the Settings icon. Tap on it and turn off the shutter sound.

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How to disable the camera shutter sound on older HTC smartphones. / © NextPit

How to turn off the camera shutter sound on a Motorola

On newer Motorola phones, you can follow these steps to turn off the camera’s shutter sound.

  • Open the camera app
  • Tap the gear icon to open it Camera settings
  • search for Shutter sound Option and turn the button off

If this option is not available, use the master volume controls to adjust the sound of the camera shutter. Simply put your phone on silent, do not disturb or vibrate to block out the sound of the camera shutter.

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On the Moto G6 +, just turn off the phone to suppress the shutter sound. / © NextPit

Some older Motorola phones have a small dial that slides in from the left side of the screen. The speaker icon represents the shutter sound. Just tap on it to enable or disable it.

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How to disable camera shutter sound on Motorola. / © NextPit

How to turn off the camera shutter sound on a OnePlus

Follow these steps to turn off the camera shutter sound on new OnePlus devices like OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9.

  • Open the camera app.
  • Tap the three dots in the top right corner.
  • Tap on Settings.
  • Scroll down and look for the Shutter Sound option.
  • Turn it off.

For older OnePlus devices, you’ll need to swipe in from the left side of your screen, then tap the gear that’s on the right (either at the top or at the bottom). You will see the option for the shutter sound in the window that will open. Set this option to out.

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How to turn off the camera shutter sound on a OnePlus phone. / © NextPit

How to turn off camera shutter sound on Oppo / Realme smartphones

  • Open the camera app
  • Tap the three lines in the upper right corner
  • Tap on the settings
  • Make sure the switch is on the Shutter sound Option is disabled
Camera shutter Sound Oppo Realme

These are the steps to turn off the camera shutter sound on Oppo and Realme smartphones / © Nextpit

How to turn off the camera shutter sound on Xiaomi smartphones

On Xiaomi smartphones, follow these steps to turn off the camera shutter sound

  • Open the camera app
  • Tap the three lines in the upper right corner
  • Tap on the settings
  • Scroll down and find the Shutter sound possibility
  • Turn off the position
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Here are the steps to turn off the camera shutter sound on smartphones running Xiaomi’s MIUI / © NextPit

How to turn off the camera shutter sound on a Huawei

On newer Huawei devices, open the Camera app and swipe left to open it the settings Menu. Then turn the Mute Setting to switch off the camera shutter sound.

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Mute the shutter sound of a Huawei in the camera settings menu. / © NextPit

Disabling the camera shutter sound on certain older Huawei devices takes a few steps. Go to the camera app, press the menu icon (three lines) and then the settings button (gear). Next go to Mute and activate it. This will turn off the sound from the camera.

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How to disable the camera shutter sound on an older Huawei. / © NextPit

How to turn off the camera shutter sound on an Honor smartphone

On newer Honor devices, you can change the settings in the camera app by tapping the gear icon and then turning Mute Option a. Alternatively, you can just use the main volume buttons to turn off the smartphone completely, including the shutter sound.

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Mute the camera’s shutter sound in the Honor device’s camera app settings. / © NextPit

How to turn off the sound of the camera shutter on a Sony

Some new Sony smartphones have a special camera shutter release in the camera settings. Here’s how you can access it.

  • Open the camera app
  • At the top right, tap the Settings gear icon
  • Scroll down to reveal the Sound option
  • Make sure the switch is off

Some Sony devices use the master volume controls to turn off the camera’s shutter sound. Simply set the device to silent, vibrating, or non-disruptive.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Shutter Sound

Simply turn off the main volume on the Sony Xperia XZ2. / © NextPit

On some older Sony Xperia devices, go to your camera app, tap the icon menu with three dots (hamburger), then tap the gear and set that sound Slider too out to disable the shutter sound.

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How to disable the camera shutter sound on older Sony smartphones. / © NextPit

Having trouble turning off the camera shutter sound on your smartphone? Let us know in the comments if you have any issues!


This article was last updated in May 2021. Older comments have been retained.

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