Windows Phone 7 is a nice platform overall, but in some departments the tendency of Microsoft to act like a strict school headmaster clearly shows. We all know Windows is pretty big on security and privacy, but sometimes this could turn into a nuisance and annoyance for the end users. Lack of features like accessibility to hidden Wi-Fi networks and MMS issues somewhat tarnish the WP7 experience. Another such feature that has caused a few raised eyebrows is the ever-present camera shutter sound. No matter what you do, it just refuses to go away (except on a few devices). On most other smartphone, or even feature phone, platforms, the camera shutter sound follows the overall profile of the device. This means that if you put your device into silent mode, the camera will be silenced as well. This is not the case in Windows Phone, unfortunately. Want to get rid of the annoying “click”?
Some might argue that the shutter sound is imperative for privacy purposes, but whatever the purpose may be, you have the right to choose between right and wrong. So if you want to silence your camera, here is what you need to do.
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
- Here’s the bad news: You need to have a developer unlocked device for applying this registry tweak. But the good news is that even if you don’t have jailbreak on your WP7 phone, you can follow our guide to unlock WP7 devices for help.
- The next step requires you to have a registry editor for your phone. TouchXplorer is the registry editor that will help you, and but even if you can’t find it anywhere, there are plenty other registry editors for WP7 as well. Just Google them.
- Once you have the registry editor running on your unlocked device, you are good to go.
- Run the registry editor, and input the following path
- This will take you to a new option screen. Look for “BypassDeviceGain” and change its value to dword: 0.
Now your camera will be silent if you put your phone in silent mode or turn down your device volume to zero. Of course it would be even more useful if Microsoft puts a silencing button in the camera app itself, but this procedure ought to do well enough for now.