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3 Common iPhone Camera Problems and How to Fix Them

The iPhone Camera may be the most popular point and shoot on the planet, but it’s not perfect, and just like other cameras, it can have its issues. These common iPhone camera problems have been around for some time.

There’s nothing more frustrating than pulling out your iPhone to take the perfect shot, and it’s not working. So follow along with this blog post as I give some quick tips for solving some of these common issues.

Camera Screen is Black or Freezes

If you see a black screen when opening your Camera app or the screen freezes, follow the steps below to fix the issue.

This could be a software or hardware problem. If it’s a software problem changing between the front and rear-facing cameras might fix it.

If that doesn’t change things, try completely quitting the Camera app by swiping halfway up your screen to enter the App Switcher. Next, swipe up the app to close it and restart from the Home Screen.

You can also try a force restart of your iPhone. Press and hold the power button on an iPhone with a home button while simultaneously holding the Home Button. Wait until you see the white Apple logo appear and release your fingers. If your iPhone uses FaceID, click the volume up button once, click the volume down button once, now hold the power button until the screen goes black and when the white apple logo appears, release the power button.

If the above tips don’t work, make sure that nothing is blocking the camera lens and then reach out to Apple for some guidance.

Flash Not Working

If you need a flash because it’s too dark to take the photo, here are a couple of fixes.

1. Check that the flash is turned on:

  • Open the Camera app
  • Tap the flash icon in the top left-hand corner

There shouldn’t be a line through the flash to work.

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2. Turn the LED flashlight on/off

If the flash is on but still not triggering when taking a picture, toggling the LED flashlight feature may fix it.

  • Swipe down from the top corner of your screen to access Control Center
  • Tap the Flashlight icon to turn it on
  • Wait for a couple of seconds, then tap to turn it off
  • Go back to the Camera app and try taking another picture to see if the flash is working now.

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3. Reset ALL Settings

Sometimes this fix takes some extra work. Reset All Settings will take you back to the default settings of your iPhone, but none of your data or media will be erased; just the configurations you’ve made on your iPhone are deleted. If you want more information before taking this step, look at this article.

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap General
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap Transfer or Reset iPhone
  • Choose Reset
  • Select Reset All Settings

If this fixes the flash issue, you’re back in business; if not, reaching out to Apple support may be the solution.

Photos Out of Focus or Blurry

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Follow along below if your photos are blurry or aren’t focused like you’d like them to be.

1. Make sure you’re taking the time to focus on your subject before hitting the shutter button

2. If this isn’t the issue, check to ensure that your lens is free of dirt or debris. Using a soft cloth, gently wipe the screen to remedy the issue

3. If you’re using a metallic case or magnetic attachable lens, this could be causing your problem. In this case, remove the case and see if the blurriness disappears.

4. The last possible cause could be that dirt or debris has worked its way inside the lens. Now you need to visit the Apple Store for service.


There’s nothing more annoying than an iPhone camera not working when you’re ready to take a photo. Hopefully, these tips will help the next time you’re having issues, and you’ll be back to taking great shots in no time.

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