How to take photos with the screen OFF (without them noticing)

There always comes a time when you need to take a photo with the screen off . In other words, take photos without them noticing. Having people around and opening the camera app can be very intrusive or obviously telling.

There are several APPS that allow you to take photos hidden or discreetly. You can capture a scene by tapping on the off screen or pressing the volume button. Even while using other apps. If you are sneaky, no one will suspect that you are taking a photo. Just be careful where you take those photos and to whom, to avoid getting into legal trouble.

APP to take photos with screen off

take discreet secret photos

The open source Android application  Spy Camera OS (, available APK) is just for that. Simply use the “Darken” option in its floating panel. Once the screen is off, tap on it to sneak a photo. You can also press the volume down button to take a photo. If you use the “Minimize” option, this last way is also valid for taking photos while using another application.

This APP to take spy photos is also used to record video with the screen off. In this case you have to adjust the settings of the application to change the action of the volume button (by default, when you press this button the application will take photos).

Note that when discrete mode explained at startup is activated, a notification is set in the status bar to close the application or to switch to mode with on-screen controls.

By default, photos and videos will be visible in the Device Gallery. The files are saved in the internal memory of the phone, in the SCOS folder.

Take photos without them noticing

Instead of darkening the screen or minimizing the floating panel as directed, you can keep it visible. With the side bars you can reduce the size of the camera viewfinder and take photos without people close by.

Silent Secret Camera HD (com.meiling.kindcamera) is another application for this purpose. In addition to allowing you to take photos with the screen off, you can simulate that you are browsing the internet and take photos with the volume buttons.

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