If you’re using your Samsung Galaxy S3 to quietly take a photo, the camera shutter sound makes things a bit more difficult. You may want to silence the shutter if you’re taking a picture of a sleeping pet or quiet events like a wedding reception. Fortunately, you can disable the shutter sound on the device with these easy steps.
On most carriers, you can perform these steps.
1. Open the Camera app.
2. Tap Settings gear on the lower-left side of the screen.
3. Tap Shutter sound to set it On or Off as desired.
One some carriers, the camera shutter sound is controlled by the overall Android sound setting. You can turn the sound off by putting the phone in “Silent Mode”. You can do this one of three ways.
- Press and hold the Power button until a menu appears, then select Silent mode.
- Open Settings, then select sound. Check the Silent mode box to disable all sound.
- Use the Volume Down button to turn the ringer volume all the way down to the vibrate or no sound setting.
Of course, don’t forget to enable the sound on your Galaxy S3 once you’re done taking photos.
Note: The ability to disable the shutter sound seems to only be available on the AT&T and T-Mobile versions of this phone. A few workarounds exist for users on other carriers. You can root the device and install a camera silencing app, or record a video and take still photos while the video is recording.