Background camera is the ONLY app in the market to click pictures using volume keys with phone screen turned off. Most advanced app in the market! The app lets you take pictures in the background so you can use your phone as normal. You can even turn your phone screen off and click pictures! NO ONE can tell you are clicking pictures. Perfect for spy needs and to take secret photos.
ROOT is required.
Download from Google Play here.
- Click pictures using volume keys
- Auto-Click features continuously clicks pictures
- Supports high resolution pictures
- Highly configurable – hide notification, change storage folder
- Multiple, advanced ways to mute shutter sound if the default method does not work
- Discreet app name and icon
- No battery drain
- Secret Camera
- Professional hidden camera
- Surveillance camera
- Spy photography
- Secret spy camera
- Mobile hidden camera for Android
Frequently asked questions
- Is Root required?
No. Root is NOT required for this app.
- Where are my pictures?
- Pictures do not show in Gallery.
- Pictures show in Gallery (not a typo, some users complain that pictures show in Gallery and others complain they don’t)
- I cannot find my pictures
- I cannot find my photos on the computer
If there is no error message when you start the app, the pictures are stored on your phone.
First let us locate your pictures. Follow the steps:
- Go to Settings and uncheck the option for Hide Pictures.
- Note the folder name in Picture Folder.
- Now take a picture.
- Go to the Gallery app. The picture should now show in the Gallery. If not, restart your phone. The pictures should now show in Gallery.
- To manually view the files, you will need a file manager app. The one that we recommend is Android File Manager. It is free and can be downloaded from Google Play store here.
- Navigate to the Picture Folder noted from step 2. You should see your pictures.
Now let us hide the pictures. Follow the steps:
- Go to Settings and check the option for Hide Pictures.
- Now take a picture.
- Go to the Gallery app. The newly clicked picture should not show in Gallery.
- To locate the file manually, let us use the Android File Manager app. Launch Android File Manager and select Menu -> More -> About/Settings -> Android File Manager Preferences and check the Select View Hidden Files option. This will allow you to view hidden files in this app.
- Now navigate to the Picture Folder and you should see the picture. Click on any file to see the picture.
Downloading pictures on the computer. Follow these steps:
- Connect the phone to your computer and mount the SD card. Or your phone may default to media mode so you can directly view the files on your computer.
- Navigate to the Picture Folder and copy the picture files.
- If the picture files do not show in Windows Explorer, press the Alt key once and go to Tools -> Folder Options -> View Tab and check the radio button for Show hidden files, folders and drives.
- If you are still unable to view the files, try to restart your phone and try another computer.
- How to save to external SD card?
- How to save to SD card?
- Pictures are saved to phone memory, but I want to store to the removable card
Android is really bad about supporting external SD cards and does not provide API methods to save things to the external SD card. So phone manufacturers add the SD card option themselves. As a result the path is different on each phone. Samsung changes the path to the external SD card even between different models of its own phones!
Anyway, follow the following steps to store pictures to the SD card.
- Download a free app Android File Manager. It can be downloaded from Google Play store here.
- Launch the app. On top, there is a bar with buttons. Slide the buttons until you see, EXTERNAL SD CARD. Click it.
- On the topmost bar, you should see the path to the external SD card. For example, on my Galaxy SII it is /storage/sdcard1. Note this path on a piece of paper. Remember this path is case sensitive. So /storage/sdcard1 and /storage/Sdcard1 are not the same paths.
- Go to Settings and go the Picture Folder option. Type the path noted from step 3. And add “/sc”. So in the example above, the path to type would be /storage/sdcard1/sc.
- Click a picture and make ensure that files are saved to the external SD card.
- The phone makes shutter sound when recording starts
- The phone makes a click sound when recording starts
- I tried all mute methods (1-3) in Settings and none work.
- How to mute the sound when recording starts
- After update, phone makes sound when clicking a picture
Some phones have the shutter sound locked in firmware as required by law. So it may not work, but on most phones one of the five methods we provide work should work. Let us try the following steps.
- Go to Android –> Settings –> Sound and uncheck the option for Audible Selection (Play sound when making screen selection). This will disable sounds when touching the screen.
- Go to Settings and try each Mute Method from 1 to 3. After each change, test with the app to make sure that mute works. When you find the one that works, stop. This is the mute method you should leave your phone at.
In the rare case that none of the mute methods work, chances are your phone is firmware locked for the shutter sound. In that case, if you phone is rooted, you should be able to delete the shutter sound file from your phone. Just google how to disable camera shutter sound for your phone model.
If your phone is not rooted, sorry, but there are no other options at this time. But we will continue to work and add more ways. So stay tuned.
- Can you add zoom settings to the app?
Sure we can add it but decided not to. Since the preview is not visible, how will you know how much to zoom? An alternative is to click the picture in the highest resolution and crop the picture to desired zoom on a computer.