How can I record video on my Android without sound?

Recording video on an Android device without capturing any audio can be useful for a variety of reasons. Some examples include creating silent video tutorials, filming someone without their consent, or simply preferring videos without sound. While Android’s default camera app does not allow you to disable audio when recording video, there are ways to record video silently using both built-in and third party apps.

In this guide, we will cover everything you need to know about recording video on an Android device without capturing audio. We will look at checking your device’s capabilities, using the default camera app as well as recommended third party alternatives, editing recorded videos, sharing silent videos, troubleshooting issues, and legal considerations.

Why Record Video Without Sound?

There are several benefits to recording video without sound:

Privacy – Recording video without audio can help protect privacy. For example, you may want to record video for personal use where you don’t want audio from conversations captured.

Smaller file sizes – Video files with audio included tend to be much larger in file size. By excluding audio from your recordings, the file sizes are considerably reduced. This is especially useful if needing to store or share many videos where storage space or data limits are a concern.

Focus on visuals – Some types of videos, like tutorials, product demonstrations, or visual stories, work perfectly fine without needing synchronized audio. Removing audio allows viewers to fully focus on key visual elements.

According to iTop Screen Recorder, recording video without audio enables “noisy reduction” since ambient sounds won’t be captured. This can result in a cleaner, more focused video.

Checking Device Capabilities

The first step to recording video without sound on your Android device is to confirm that your device’s camera is capable of capturing video. Most modern Android devices have cameras that can record video, but some budget or older models may not support video recording. Here’s how to check:

  1. Open your device’s Camera app. For most Android devices, you can find the app by swiping up from the bottom of your home screen or checking your Apps list/tray.
  2. Look for a red, circular record button along one edge of the camera screen – this button indicates that your camera can record videos.
  3. Tap the settings/gear icon to open your Camera app’s settings.
  4. Look for options related to controlling video capture, like video size/resolution, frame rates, or other pro/manual level controls. If these types of video recording settings are available, your device supports capturing video.

If your device fails the steps above and does not appear able to capture video, then recording videos – with or without sound – will unfortunately not be possible on that device’s built-in camera app.

Using Default Camera App

To record video without sound using your Android device’s default camera app, you’ll typically need to access the camera settings and turn off audio recording or sound capture. This can look different depending on the device brand, model, and Android version so steps may vary.

On Samsung Galaxy devices and Android v11 or higher, open the camera app, tap the settings cog in the upper left corner, then switch on the “Mute media” option. This will prevent the camera from recording audio with video going forward 1.

For Android devices with older versions, go into the default camera app settings or advanced settings to look for an option to disable or turn off microphone audio capture. Names of the setting vary but may include “Record audio”, “Audio recording”, or “Microphone.” Toggle this off before recording any videos.

If you’re unable to find a setting to mute or disable sound when shooting video, you can consider downloading a third party camera app with more control over audio settings.

Third-Party Camera Apps

In addition to your device’s default camera app, there are several high quality third-party camera apps you can use to record silent videos on Android. Two of the top recommended apps for recording mute videos are:

  • Mute Videos – This app (available for free on Google Play) lets you disable sound when recording video so the output file contains no audio. It’s easy to use, supports cloud syncing, and records in high quality formats.
  • Video Replace Mix Remove Audio – Recommended as one of the best video editing apps by CyberLink, this app lets you capture silent videos or strip sound from existing clips. It includes a variety of other advanced editing tools as well.

Both apps offer an intuitive interface, are completely free to use, work well for recording high definition mute videos on Android, and have received excellent user reviews.

Editing Recorded Videos

If you have already recorded a video with audio and want to remove the audio track, there are a few options on Android. The easiest method is to use a video editing app like PowerDirector or InShot:

  1. Open the video editing app and import the video file you want to edit.
  2. Go to the audio options and select “Mute” or “Remove audio” to strip out the existing audio track.
  3. Export or save the edited video as a new file. The new file will have no audio.

Another option is to use Google Photos. Open Google Photos on your Android device, select the video, tap the pencil edit icon, go to “Tools” and select “Remove audio” to strip out the sound. Save the edits to keep a muted version of the video without audio.

For more advanced editing, you can use video editing software on a computer. Import the video file, strip out the audio track completely, then export a new video file without any audio included.

Sharing Silent Videos

When posting silent videos on social media, you should be sure to follow best practices for reducing sound in your videos while still reaching your intended audience. According to the blog post How to Create Highly Watchable Silent Videos for Social, you will still want to have some ambient or background sound to satisfy viewers who are able to listen to videos with sound.

Some additional tips for sharing effective silent videos on social media include:

  • Clearly convey your message through on-screen text and graphics (Source)
  • Use attention-grabbing visuals to hook viewers (Source)
  • Keep videos short to retain viewer attention
  • Preview videos before posting to ensure the video makes sense without sound

By optimizing silent videos for social media sharing using texts, visuals, and length, you can create engaging content that works for both viewers who can and can’t listen to audio.

Troubleshooting Issues

Sometimes issues can crop up when recording silent videos on an Android device, leading to problems like no video being recorded at all or the video having no sound when played back. Here are some potential solutions:

  • Check that your device has enough available storage space to record videos. Deleting unused apps, photos, or files may free up more space.
  • If you don’t see video preview when recording, grant camera app permissions to access the camera.
  • Try disabling microphone access for the camera app in settings if sound is being picked up when you don’t want it.
  • Make sure you aren’t covering microphones or camera lenses when recording.
  • Close and restart the camera app or your device if the app seems frozen.
  • Try clearing the app cache and data if nothing else works.

By methodically checking settings and permissions, you should be able to troubleshoot and resolve most silent video recording issues.

Legal Considerations

When recording silent video on your Android device, it’s important to be aware of laws regarding privacy and consent. According to the Freedom Forum, there is no reasonable expectation of privacy when in public spaces, so you can generally record video of strangers in public legally without their consent. However, it’s best to avoid closely recording identifying features like faces without permission.

On private property, consent is required from the property owner. You may be able to record silent video in your own home without others knowing, but it’s best to disclose and gain consent when possible according to Movavi. Posting a notice is one way to do this. Workplaces likely prohibit unauthorized recording, so check policies first.

Overall, it’s legally safest to record silent video only in public areas without closely capturing unconsenting people. Carefully follow consent laws on private property. Ethically, disclose recording whenever possible. Avoid sharing or posting without permission.


Recording video on Android without capturing audio can be very useful in certain situations. While the default camera app doesn’t provide a silent video mode, many third-party apps allow you to easily record video with no sound.

By disabling audio recording, you can avoid capturing unwanted background noise or conversations. Silent videos may be preferable when filming in public places, at events with copyrighted music playing, or in other sensitive environments.

After recording, be sure to review footage and edit as needed. Trimming down long clips and splicing videos together can greatly improve the final product before sharing. While there are no laws specifically restricting silent video recording, always follow appropriate ethical practices.

With the right app and a little practice, capturing high-quality silent videos on Android is easy. Just be mindful of your surroundings and the purpose of the footage when deciding to record without sound.

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