How to Turn Off Timer on Android Camera

Learn how to disable and turn off the timer function on your Android device’s camera app with simple step-by-step instructions.

What is the Camera Timer Function?

The timer function on Android camera apps allows you to set a delay before the camera takes a photo.

This can be useful for taking self-portraits or group shots where you need time to get into position.

Why Would You Want to Turn Off the Timer?

There are a few reasons you may want to turn the timer off:

  • You want to take photos quickly without waiting for the timer delay.
  • The timer sound is disruptive in quiet settings.
  • You no longer need the timer function for your current photos.

How to Turn Off Timer on Android Camera App

The steps to turn off the timer may vary slightly depending on your Android device model and camera app, but generally follow this process:

  1. Open your camera app.
  2. Look for the timer icon, usually shown as a clock or stopwatch symbol.
  3. Tap the timer icon to open timer options.
  4. Select the “Off” or “No Timer” option.

On some devices you may instead tap and hold the timer icon to open a pop-up menu with off option. The timer should now be disabled.

Turning Timer Back On

To re-enable the timer, simply follow the same steps but choose a timer duration like 3 seconds or 10 seconds instead of selecting the off option.

Customizing Default Timer Settings

Some Android camera apps allow you to customize the default timer behavior in the app settings:

  1. Open your camera app settings menu.
  2. Look for Timer option.
  3. Choose default timer duration or select Off.

This will set the timer to always start with your preferred duration or turned off by default.

Troubleshooting Timer Issues

If you are having issues turning the timer off, try these troubleshooting tips:

  • Force close and restart the camera app.
  • Check app permissions and enable camera access.
  • Update your camera app and Android OS to latest versions.
  • Reset app preferences or camera settings.

For camera crashing or freezing issues, you may need to clear app data/cache, uninstall updates, or reboot your device to resolve any software glitches.


How do I set a custom timer duration?

Most camera apps allow selecting timer durations like 3, 5, or 10 seconds. Just tap the timer icon, select your desired duration, and tap done. Some apps let you drag the timer icon to finely adjust the countdown time.

Can I mute the timer sound?

Yes, you can usually mute or adjust the timer sound in your device settings or camera app settings. Look for a setting like “Timer sound” or “Shutter sound” to control the audio.”

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