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How do I disable the 'click' sound on the camera app?

I'm not sure if this question is specific to Lenovo ThinkPads or if it is more general to Android 3.1 devices (I haven't upgraded to ICS yet since I don't want to risk losing root right now).

But basically, even when I turn the volume all the way down to 0, my ThinkPad still always makes a sound whenever I take a picture with it.


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You're root, you could replace the sound files with silent clips. This is what I've found:

find /system -name '*ogg' | grep cam

Audacity is a free and open editor to create an empty or silent sample and export it as an ogg file.

EDIT: According to this question/answer you can also delete or rename the camera_click.ogg file. Plus: Before you do, you need to

mount -oremount,rw /system
[remove/edit the above ogg files]
mount -oremount,ro /system
  • According to this question's answers renaming/deleting the file works too, no nned for a silent clip. Jul 10, 2012 at 7:46
  • Thanks for the hint, added that to the answer (sorry for the former typos, I really shouldn't answer on the go on my phone :-)
    – ce4
    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:58

For non-root users (who cannot remount /system read/write), there are also some helpful apps in the playstore -- e.g. Silent Camera from Kinoko, or Silent Camera from Reason Rare Rat, or Debys SilentCam. And more...

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