Turn off Screenshot (& Camera Shutter) Sounds in Windows Phone

One of the annoying bits of Windows Phone is that it makes shutter sound when you take a screenshot. No matter if your phone is set to vibrate only or the global volume is pulled down to zero, it will still produce the sound upon pressing the Windows (Start) and Lock key together. However, there’s a setting to turn off the Screenshot sounds at the expense of turning off the Camera Shutter sounds as well. If you’ve explored your phone’s settings, you’ve probably already found this out. Else, here’s how to do that.

  1. Swipe left from start screen.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Settings.
  3. Tap on Ringtones + Sound
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  4. Scroll Down and under Play a sound for, uncheck the box in front of Camera Shutter.

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    Uncheck Camera shutter

  5. Hit back and start taking screenshots or clicking photos using the camera. No sound will be played for both

Windows Phone probably treats taking screenshots and taking pictures as likely the same thing as in both the situations, the stuff displayed on the screen is captured and saved to the Pictures gallery.
I personally don’t like the shutter sounds for camera, so this does not affect me. But because there are many users who make use of the Camera Shutter to know when their selfie is clicked and saved, there needs to be a separate option for turning off the sound emitted while taking screenshots. Hopefully Windows Phone 8.1 update will be bringing a solution 🙂

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9 Responses to Turn off Screenshot (& Camera Shutter) Sounds in Windows Phone

  1. Gabriel May 27, 2014 at 3:33 am #

    So, I have a Windows Phone, obviously, however, there is no ‘Camera Shutter’ option for my phones “Ringtones and Sounds” menu. Other options or fixes?

    • Narender Singh May 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

      That’s strange. Are you running Windows Phone 8?
      Probably your country’s policies restrict the possibility of turning off the camera shutter sounds.

  2. destiny hyde June 8, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    I have a Windows Phone and the shutter sound will not go off please help!! There is not a button in settings either. Help!!??

    • Narender Singh June 8, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

      Which phone do you have? Can you provide the OS version?

  3. Nishant June 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    can we get 3*4 keyboard for wp???

  4. Trifan August 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    This setting is only available in some countries, could someone provide a list of which do have it.

    • Narender Singh August 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      Latin America is the one I tried and it had it.

  5. spider October 14, 2014 at 12:54 am #

    i have a Huawei ascend p1 windows phone and the option to turn the shutter sound off is missing, i’m running 8.1 phone version and i live in the UK

    • Narender Singh October 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

      Could be a regional issue as a lot of regions force shutter sound to be turned on at all times.

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