@johnpjackson I did some research. There doesn't seem to be a clear answer to this. I notice the privacy issue was previously discussed. Korea and Japan both have strict laws about camera shutter sound not being able to be muted at all, and that might have something to do about it. The states may have their own individual laws, which carriers may be able to get away with until it becomes an issue, depending on the state.
Samsung has done nothing to address anyone's privacy laws because they've done nothing to prevent anyone from muting the artificial shutter sound. Simply turning down the system volume to zero mutes the sound. I don't want to be treated by Samsung or you like an annoyance because I'm looking for Samsung to restore a fundamental Android option of being able to disable artificial camera shutter noise. This is a $1,300 phone. I don't want to be told that I have to be satisfied with being asked to go and fiddle around with my system volume before and after wanting to take pictures, every time, and I don't want to have to bog my device down otherwise with having to use Goodlock's IFTT routines, etc. I want the option to choose to disable the artificial camera noise available as is natively part of Android. How many times do I have to ask to have the 'Solved' flag removed from this thread? Do I sound like I've gotten a solution to my problem with this device?
@johnpjackson maybe that is the only caveat they can offer? There has to be a reason. You're not an annoyance at all, I too find the sound irritating. I just don't think that this is going to be a truly fixed the way you're expecting very soon seeing as how it has been years with the S8, Note 8, S9, etc being the same way. If you don't want to "bog" down your phone with Good Lock Routines, just keep system volume at zero. The moderator probably won't unsolve this because currently that pretty much is the answer. Some carriers have the option for shutter sound, the rest of us don't. 😭 There are methods of renaming the sound file for the shutter sound within your system files, but steps to doing that cannot be discussed here due to Community Rules.
And what alternative app to the stock camera app will give me the same features? x2 zoom, super slow mo etc? Really? Sometimes you need to think before bashing other people's comments.
I bough my Note 9 unlocked directly from Samsung but my wife got her from T-mobile Today I opened on both phones the camera settings and surprisingly found that the shutter sound option is present only in the T-Mobile variant. This indicates that Samsung doesn't really care about the customers in certain markets as they push one firmware for all(just renaming it to match the region) , and since the law in certain countries prohibits the disabling of such feature, we in States are being put under this umbrella as well. And that's why I'll return my phone. Not because it's not a good phone, but because Samsung is mistreating its customers with such generalizations. See photos :
My AT&T phone allows me to turn it off too, which I did right away. Such a weird issue for user to worry about. If it was all of us affected, I'd just say it is the way it is, but seeing how T-mobile and AT&T models allow users to turn it off (both GSM carriers, coincidence?), but others don't makes it just an odd issue with no real justification.
I've a new A50 and this is the first phone I've had that I cannot shut off the shutter sound. Quite annoying. I have software for writing apps, I'm going to look into what I can do to alter it
If Samsung wont, I will
Hey guys, I know there are some hard feelings on this topic. However, I wanted to share an article that was brought to my attention with you all: https://www.samsung.com/us/support/troubleshooting/TSG01002007/ I'm sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.