Hey Lifehacker, I recently bought the new HTC One through Telstra. Obviously I love it but one annoyance is I can't turn the camera shutter sound off when taking a photo. Is there something I can do to disable it? Thanks, I'm Not A Creep
Annoyingly, many phone manufacturers hardcode the camera sound into the phone, presumably because they think we all secretly want to take photos up women's skirts.
There are guidelines in place for phones that are made specifically for the Australian market, which explains why the Telstra version of the HTC One has no camera sound settings, but other versions of the same phone do. According to Telstra, the shutter sound toggle was disabled due to "privacy issues".
Note that some of these apps require you to root the phone first, at which point you should be able to go into the settings and remove the specific sound file yourself. Click here for our complete guide to rooting your Android phone.
Another option is to install a third-party camera app with its own dedicated sound options. Some good examples include Camera MX and ProCapture. When you need to take a photo silently, simply use one of these instead of the phone's inbuilt camera app.
If anyone has a solution of their own or a camera-silencing app they'd like to recommend, let INAC know in the comments section below.
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