How to Turn Off Camera (Shutter) Sounds in Nokia Asha 501

Update: After the latest update (11.1.1), the Camera Sounds lock seems to have been pulled. Now you can turn off the camera sounds without the need to follow this tutorial.

Yet another one of our Nokia Asha tutorials where we help users in getting more out of their phones. This time it’s about the Camera Sounds of Nokia Asha 501 which cannot be turned off in many regions (most of the Asian countries). The reason is simple – Local Laws and Regulations don’t allow silent capturing of others. These restrictions are made in order to make sure people don’t spy on other persons by clicking them without their knowledge.

This tutorial is for you only if your country sets a restriction to turn off the camera sounds. Else you can simply open the Camera App> Tap on options (at the top) and turn off the camera sounds from there.

Turning Off the Camera Sounds in Asha 501

To turn off the camera sounds, we’ll make use of a backup file which will help in over-writing the config files and hence make the Camera Sounds toggle working.


  • Backup your important data such as Contacts, Calendar and Messages as the backup file will replace that completely leaving no scope of recovery.
  • If you resent your phone or restore an earlier backup, the setting will be overwritten and the toggle will once again be disabled.
  • In some rare cases, the phone might stop responding and will need a software re-flashing. So try only if you’re ready to risk.
  1. Download the Backup File (dubbed backup_30-08-2013-16_43.mbk)  from here.
  2. Copy it to Asha 501> Memory Card> My Backups.
  3. Pick up the Phone and open Settings> Backup.
  4. Now tap on Restore from backup.asha 501 restore backup
  5. Choose the newly copied backup file (backup_30-08-2013-14_42.mbk) and proceed with the restore.
  6. After successful restore the phone will restart. Don’t worry if it takes a while to turn on after the Nokia logo.
  7. Whoa! If everything went well, the Camera Sounds toggle will start working and you’ll be able to turn off the camera shutter sounds.
    camera settings asha 501

Did this work for you? Or it caused some problem with your phone? Let us know in the comments section below. Your feedback will surely be helpful.

Thanks Saif Ghole (Wolf) for the help in creating and testing the backup 🙂

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51 Responses to How to Turn Off Camera (Shutter) Sounds in Nokia Asha 501

  1. water lily September 2, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    it worked! and I’m damn happy about it! thanks a lot for the tips! highly appreciate it! 🙂

    The file name was not “my backups” though, but it’s just “Backups”,

    At first I was confused on how to get the folder because it didn’t exist in my memory card, but then I realized that I need to create back up first, then the “Backups” folder will be created in my memory card..

    I just bought it today and you’ve made me a happy user already! hehe..

    • singhnsk September 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

      Oh yeah 😀 Sorry for that incorrect folder name will improve on that.
      Thanks for the comment dear. This really gives the energy to explore and write more. Enjoy the Nokia (Microsoft) Asha 501 🙂

      • rocky November 20, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

        tell me how to remove preeinstalled app from nokia asha 502

    • leo October 15, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      THANKZZ…../ WORKING / great service…. once again

      • singhnsk October 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

        Thanks for the nice words, Leo 🙂

  2. LC September 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    It works perfectly! Thanks for post.

  3. A.H.MAGSI September 9, 2013 at 4:24 am #

    Thanks for the info, it worked perfect for me…..Thanks….

    • singhnsk September 9, 2013 at 8:52 am #

      Thanks for the reply. If you’ve faced any problem with the phone afterwards, please let us know 🙂

  4. amar September 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    hay please cane ted may phone

  5. RS September 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    It worked but i lost my data stored in phone i.e. contacts n msgs

    • singhnsk September 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      You should’ve read the warning in the post dear.. We marked it in red 🙂

  6. madu September 11, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    works great!
    good job!!!

    • singhnsk September 12, 2013 at 9:16 am #

      Thanks for the comment, Madhu. Enjoy clicking 🙂

  7. Joy September 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    It worked! Thank you so much! 🙂

    • singhnsk September 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, Joy. It feels great 🙂

  8. jamie September 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Thanks, and it really work.Thanks to those who share the files.All of our asha 501 stocks are camera shutter problem.Thank you so much.

    • singhnsk September 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, jamie 🙂 Its really very problematic at times when the camera makes useless noise.

  9. sobia September 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    mera nhn hoa ..:'(

  10. sobia September 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    hoGyAAaAaA ….THaNkO000 …:*

    • singhnsk September 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

      heheh.. thnx for the update. Enjoy 🙂

  11. Franklin September 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Thank you for the help 🙂

    But, I want to know how to switch off Nokia Asha 501 ?

    • singhnsk September 22, 2013 at 11:39 am #

      Just hold the Lock cum Power Button for a while.

  12. Monochrome September 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    If i restrore the factory settings of my phone does the off option will be toggable?

    • singhnsk September 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      No. When i tried, it got reset to the default.

      • Monochrome September 23, 2013 at 7:56 am #

        Thanks for the reply and for the info you’ve shared. But there’s a slight problem. You see, if I reboot (turn off/turn on) my phone the bluetooth is always turned on. This happened after applying this backup of yours.

  13. Sourabh October 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    It worked perfectly. Pls tell how dis you took those screnshoots

    • singhnsk October 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

      There’s no way to take screenshots of Asha 501 yet.

  14. nousheen October 5, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    GREAT!!!!!thanks a lot,,,,it worked for me…

    • singhnsk October 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      Coool 🙂 Thanks for the update.

  15. Shashank October 6, 2013 at 11:04 am #


    I figured out what you did to get this working. You first made a backup. Then you opened the mbk with SQLlite browser(maybe) or something else, then u disbaled ForceShutter lock or something.. Am I right?
    And can this method work to change the homescreen wallpaper to your choice too?

    • singhnsk October 6, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      Nice guess.. But well No. Instead of all that mess, I just created this backup on a phone from another country where the toggle is working 😉

  16. carter October 7, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    it’s work for single sim or dual sim?

    or both of them?

    • singhnsk October 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      Tried on dual. BUt think it’ll work on both 🙂

  17. jetski October 10, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    I am behind office firewall and is not allowing me to go to the site where I can download the file for Asha 501. kindly email to me thru securityconsultancy at gmail dot com. ty

    • singhnsk October 10, 2013 at 10:11 am #

      Sorry. I don’t know why box should be blocked. I’ll see if I’m able to send it via an Email.

  18. Ravi October 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Thanks a lot!! it works.. Even the Nokia website did not have a solution for this.

    • singhnsk October 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      That’s because they themselves disabled this option 😛

  19. madu October 18, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    good work!!!

  20. suraiya abedin joya October 20, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    it worked. words fail to describe how much happy i am!!!! thank you soooooo much 🙂

    • Narender October 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      And it makes me happy when I see such nice words.. Thanks for the feedback. Enjoy 😀

  21. mackulet October 21, 2013 at 5:19 am #

    thank a lot 🙂

    • singhnsk October 21, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      You’re welcome, buddy 🙂

  22. Mateus Bryan November 1, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    hello I’m in trouble in push notifications, works with Facebook and twitter does not appear to ativalas the settings menu push someone help me

  23. pratheep November 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    works gooood…………………..thanks bro…..

    • Narender November 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

      Please note that with the new update, camera sounds can be disabled without the need of this.

  24. tuba November 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    mere computer me backup file download nhi ho rhi plz help me

    • Narender November 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      Read the update in post. Just simply update the phone to 11.1.1 software version and then backup file won’t be needed.

  25. Rajakumar December 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    its really helpful to me…
    its working good…
    thanks & keep your discover for all customer related disputes…

  26. Zafar March 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    not working

    • Narender Singh March 21, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

      What is the software version of your phone?

  27. Usama November 23, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    bluetooth error camera app fixed bluetooth doesnt turn off help

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