How To Disable The Motorola Q Camera Sound

Posted on February 5, 2007 by Chris Duke

The camera shutter sound effect that is played every time you take a photo with your Q phone is obnoxiously loud. In my search to disable this sound effect, I found two methods. The first involved changing the sound file itself, but there is an easier way. You have to edit the registry to change this value, so if you do not yet have software installed on your Q to do this, go get the PHM Registry Editor (it’s free).

Just go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Pictures\Camera\OEM in your registry editor and switch your view so you can view the Values (if your default view doesn’t already show you values). Locate the ShutterSoundVolume key and edit its values. Change the default value (32768) to 0. There’s no need to reset your phone, unless you already have the Camera app loaded (in which case you can Kill its process and restart it). I would imagine you could change the registry value to somewhere between 0 and 32768 to simply lower the volume, however my goal was to remove the sound entirely.

Now if I could just figure out how to get Ilium Software’s Screen Capture software to do the same (that’s what I used to grab the screen shot you see here).

How fun taking pictures without having the whole world know about it!