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iPhone Camera Won't Work? 7 Best Tips You Need to Fix It

November 2, 2016 11:25 am / Posted by Andrew Coffe to Tips
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iPhone 7/SE/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4 Camera Won't Work

"My iPhone camera is not working. It's just a black screen, and it will freeze if I hit any selection. The flashlight on the quick launch won't work and is grayed out."

Taking beautiful photos with iPhone camera is agreeable, but in many cases, your iPhone camera won't work - the camera app won't open, the rear camera is unresponsive, the main camera freezes, it can't reverse (like it can't switch from rear camera to front camera), it is black screen of death, the front-facing camera is excessively blurry, or iPhone won't take pictures no matter how you try.

iPhone camera not working could happen after getting wet, after water damage, after iOS 10, iOS 9, iOS 8 or iOS 7 update. This issue could be down to an app or it could be a hardware failure. Here we sum up the top 7 tips that you can try to successfully fix this "camera not working" issue. If you have other workable methods, share with us in your comment.

How to Fix iPhone Main/Rear/Front Camera Not Working

All the top 7 tips apply to iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, as well as iOS 10, iOS 9.3, iOS 9, iOS 8, iOS 7, or iOS 6.

1. Relaunch the Camera Application

Close the camera app and then relaunch it. Double clicking Home button and swipe up Camera app to quit it. We found that 90% of the time this cleared things up, and it works for some. However, it doesn't mean that the issue won't return.

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2. Close or even Remove Third-party Apps

If you're multitasking and you have a bunch of apps open that use a lot of memory (games, usually), or if an app is causing the problem, then you should close the app, or even remove it. It might fix your camera.

3. Reboot Your iPhone

Rebooting your iPhone could fix many issues, including the camera not working. Restarting an iPhone is quite easy, but we find out a way to reboot your iPhone to normal and everything goes quite well - Why and How to Reboot Your iPhone. It is free to try and will never cause data loss or damage.

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Tips: If entering and exiting recovery mode still cannot remedy the camera issue, I suggest you click Fix All iOS Stuck to repair iOS system. This assures 100% fix because it will download the compatible firmware and repair operating system to fix any iOS problems including stuck, crash, errors and other issues.

4. Make Camera On

On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Restrictions and make sure Allow: Camera is on. Some of you may forget to turn on this setting and hence your camera won't open, or can't take pictures.

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5. Restore iPhone to Factory Settings

Original factory settings restore (also called hard reset) will help to solve almost all the iPhone issues. You can have a try when your iPhone camera works improperly. Please note that factory setting reset will definitely delete all your iPhone data, so backup your iPhone before you do a factory reset.

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6. Try Using Your Camera in Locked Mode

Some iPhone user posted the locked mode method and said it helped to fix this issue. You can have a try. Here is what he said.

"I believe the problem arises from a bug when the camera is used in lock mode, try restarting your iPhone and then open your camera in locked mode. Set the flash to auto. Maybe take a few pictures, switch the camera back and forth, turn HDR on and off, but make sure the flash is set to auto before you unlock the iPhone. After I did this in locked mode to my surprise my camera and flashlight are now fully functional."

7. Reset All Settings in your Device

reset all settings on iphone to fix camera not working issue

Another way to fix the camera black or abnormity is to reset all settings on your iPhone. Resetting all settings will not delete photos, messages, contacts, and other data in your iPhone, but only remove all your iPhone settings.

Head to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings. The iPhone returns to default settings. Open Camera again to check whether you can take photos now.

8. Turn to Apple for Help

You can also take it into an Apple Store and show the iPhone camera not working issue to them. If you're still under warranty, then you should get a replacement without any hassle.

If this camera not working issue happens to your iPad ( iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad 4/3/2/1) or iPod (iPod touch 5/4), unfortunately, you can try the tips above to fix it.

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