The different sounds your Android phone makes all serve a purpose - yet sometimes they can get irritating. The fact that the camera app makes sounds is partly for legal reasons, so permanent deactivation is not always possible. But there are ways to take a picture without sound. For the Galaxy S6 there is a simple method to mute the shutter sound.
Some manufacturers provide the option within the camera settings to mute the shutter. Many HTC and Sony devices also have this option, however, Samsung and LG smartphones are different. This is because South Korea, home to the manufacturer, has strict laws to protect privacy. A shutter release sound is there so photos can not be taken secretly.
Muting the camera sound of the Galaxy S6
The camera of the S6 is very good for a smartphone camera, no question. But it sucks a little that each photo is accompanied by an artificial shutter sound. Of course, it has helped many newsagents owners finally notice when people take pictures of magazine articles rather than spend any money.
But now you no longer need to stress - you can switch off the sound of your Galaxy S6 without muting the entire handset. Try and install SilentCam S6 and accept the terms and conditions, where you're asked to give the app access to data usage, to turn the sound off. This permission allows the app see if the camera app is currently active so it can then turn off the sound.
You can disable the shutter sound on other smartphones too. If you don't have root access you can still access apps such as "Camera mute" to solve the problem. It comes from a developer at XDA-Developers named Glen L and can be downloaded here. Installation of the APK starts the app, which then needs to be activated - and that's it. The app has been tested so far on the following devices:
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy S2
Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy Grand
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Huawei Ascend D1 XL
If you have rooted your Galaxy S6, or another smartphone, there are always more options, such as rooting. There are modules for Xposed framework will allow your camera to be muted (more modules here). Some custom ROMs also contain this option.
Also for rooted devices, there are apps that deactivate the timer (for example, Ultimate Sound Control). Those who do not shy away from a radical step can also choose a completely different camera app which includes muting the timer as an option. Here you will find a whole selection of other options. However, keep an eye on the permissions that apps want you to accept.
There you go - no one is forced to live with the shutter sound of their Galaxy S6 camera. But whoever doesn't like the idea of being secretly photographed...they should consider the purpose for which they're using the tips we've given you.