A camera error in an Android device is one of the most usual problems a smartphone user runs into. There can be a variety of reasons as to why your camera is not working correctly. Here are some of the most common reasons:
- It could be because of the low device storage.
- Camera application incompatibility can be one of the reasons.
- Low RAM can cause the camera to malfunction.
- Even third-party apps mess up with the device software.
- The damage could also be physical.
So here are some fixes that you can apply to work your phone camera properly.’
Fix 1 – Restart the Android Device
The first and the most straightforward process that can fix the camera is restarting your device. It is listed below:
- Press the power button of the device for two to three seconds.
- A pop-up bar will appear on your screen.
- Tap on the Reboot/Restart option.
After the device restarts, check whether the camera is fixed or not. If not, then move to the next step.
Fix 2 – Remove the Battery
If your device has a detachable battery, then you can try to remove it from the back and clear up the lens. It works as a pseudo reset and does not result in any data loss. It will close any running app in the background, and if there is a smudge on the lens, then you can clean it.
Fix 3- Force Stop the App
To force stop the application:
- Go to the settings section.
- Go to the applications or manage applications.
- Tap on the camera app icon.
- Press Force Stop and then disable the App.
Restart your device afterward without opening the app to check whether the camera is fixed or not, otherwise, go to next step.
Fix – 4 Clear Cache and App Preferences
Clearing the temporary cache and app data can fix the camera. Do the following:
- Open Settings and find app section.
- Locate the camera app you are using.
- Tap clear cache and app preferences.
After that, reboot the device without opening the app and see if the camera issue has been resolved. If not, then go to the next step.
Fix – 5 Uninstall third-party camera apps
Be it any camera app you have installed, remove it. Either long-press on the app or go to the settings section to remove it from the device. Again reboot the device to check whether the app is working or not. If not, then try the next step.
Fix – 6 Boot into Safe Mode
Safe mode allows your device to run on factory settings and disables all third-party apps. Do not worry; they will start working afterward. To boot into safe mode.
- Long press the power button.
- Then on the pop-up bar long-press, the shutdown button.
- The device will ask whether you want to boot into safe mode or not. Tap yes.
- After the device boots, check the App.
- If not working, then clear the app data while in safe mode and reboot the device.
This will most likely fix the app. If not, then try the next step.
Fix – 7 Reset Factory Settings
- This option will remove all the data from your device, so make sure you make a back up of it.
- Go to the Settings section.
- Locate personal and find Backup and Reset option.
- Tap Factory reset and select confirm
You can also shut down your device. Here’s how:
- Long press Power button with Volume up/down button.
- Navigate through Volume buttons and locate factory reset.
- Tap and confirm.
If this does not fix the problem, then the malfunction is most likely physical.