It’s difficult to get good pictures of cats, especially easily-startled cats, with the phone camera always making that shutter noise.
Research on the Web produced the usual collection of half-right and all-wrong “solutions”, so I thought I’d share what I did to silence the camera shutter sounds on my phone.
. This requires a rooted device. I followed the rooting instructions I the sticky thread for my phone in the AndroidCentral forums. Root is required because we’ll be renaming a file in the /system partition.
. This worked for me on my Sprint Epic 4G Touch aka Samsung Galaxy SII running Android 2.3.6 (“Gingerbread”). The theory should work on any device but the specific details will likely vary by carrier, device and OS version.
. I assume absolutely no responsibility for any harm you do to your device. If you’re careful and read the instructions, you should be fine.
1. Install a file explorer app with root features. I like File Manager by Rhythm Software ( http://bit.ly/NsSFTX ) but there are many.
2. Open the file explorer app and navigate to /system/media/audio/ui.
3. Find the file named Shutter_01.ogg and rename it to something like Shutter_01.ogg.bak. In File Manager you’ll need to enable Root Explorer and Mount System Folders under Settings -> Root Settings; remember to turn those off when you’re done.
4. Launch the camera app and take a test picture. You’ll hear the “focus” beep but not the shutter sound.
Other camera apps may use the default sound or they may use sounds in their own resource directories. In that case, a little careful exploring or searching should be enough to find the audio file in question.
I hope this works for you.