How to Fix Your Camera App Not Working (9 easy fixes)

This is exactly why the Camera app is not working in all ways. Either your phone heats up, or the app is not opening, or it’s showing you some errors. These are the solutions for all your camera app-related issues with practical and effective troubleshooting tips.

Why Does the Camera App Not Work?

The reasons why it is not working are: accumulated cached data, an app running in the background using the camera, the phone is overheated, or the camera app is outdated.

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Here are the quickest fixes for the camera app when it is not working. Make sure to remove any app running in the background that uses your camera or has access to it. Only one app at a time can have access to the camera, so having other apps running can make it even harder to open the camera app. Remove all background running apps and clear all data of the camera app. Force stop the camera app from background running services, update the app, or try other third-party camera apps. If you have any task killers, battery savers, or system optimization apps installed, try disabling or uninstalling them temporarily to see if it resolves the camera issue

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Fixing the Camera App Not Working

Fix 1: Restart Your Phone

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Just like when your toy gets stuck and you turn it off and on again, restarting your phone can help fix little problems that might be making the camera app act up.

Fix 2: Check If Your Phone Is Too Hot

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Have you ever noticed that your phone gets really warm when you use it for a long time or leave it in the sun? Just like us, phones don’t like getting too hot, and it can make the camera app not work right. If your phone feels very warm, let it cool down before trying to use the camera again.

Fix 3: Check If You Have Enough Space

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Imagine your backpack is completely full, and you try to put another book in it – it won’t fit, right? It’s the same with your phone’s storage. If there’s no space left, the camera app might not be able to save new photos or videos. So, try deleting some old pictures or apps you don’t need anymore to make room.

App-Specific Fixes

Fix 4: Force Close The Camera App

Sometimes, an app can get stuck or have a little bug, and closing it completely can help. It’s like giving it a fresh start.

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  1. Open Settings: I went to my phone’s settings menu.
  2. Select Apps: Then, I found and selected the “Apps” or “Applications” option.
  3. Find the Camera App: I scrolled through the list until I located the camera app.
  4. Tap on the Camera App: I tapped on the camera app to open its settings.
  5. Force Stop: Next, I tapped the “Force Stop” button and confirmed when prompted.
  6. Clear Cache: I went to “Storage” and selected “Clear Cache” to remove any accumulated cached data.
  7. Restart the Camera App: Finally, I closed the settings and tried reopening the camera app.

Fix 5: Clear The Camera App’s Cache And Data

Apps store temporary files called “cache” and “data” to help them run smoothly. But sometimes, these files can get messed up, and clearing them out can fix the problem. It’s like giving the app a clean slate.

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  1. Open Settings: I went to my phone’s settings menu.
  2. Select Apps: Then, I found and selected the “Apps” or “Applications” option.
  3. Find the Camera App: I scrolled through the list until I located the camera app.
  4. Tap on the Camera App: I tapped on the camera app to open its settings.
  5. Clear Cache: I went to the “Storage” section and selected “Clear Cache” to remove any accumulated cached data.
  6. Clear Data: I also selected “Clear Data” to reset the app to its default state. Be aware that this might delete any settings or preferences saved in the app.

Fix 6: Update The Camera App

Just like when you get a new book with updated information, apps also get updates that can fix any problems or make them work better. So, if there’s an update available for your camera app, be sure to install it.

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If you are using a Samsung or Xiaomi device, these devices have the benefit of updating their camera app as well. To do this, you can use your respective app store. For Samsung, it is the Galaxy Store, where Samsung provides updates to their system apps like the camera, gallery, etc. In the same way, most smartphone brands provide updates to the camera app.

Fix 7: Try Third Party Camera Apps

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Now, trying out third-party camera apps can be pretty useful because these apps often give you additional photography options like manual focus, white balance mode, etc. These features can enhance your photography skills. More than that, these apps are as simple to use as your current camera app. One of the apps that I use is the Opera Camera; you can also try GCamera.

If those steps don’t work, we have a few more tricks!

Permission and System Issues

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Fix 8: Check If The Camera App Has Permission To Use The Camera

So, uhhh, in my experience, one of the first things you should do is check if the camera app has permission to use the camera. When I had issues with my camera not working, I realized, hmm, maybe the app doesn’t have permission to access the camera. In my case, I went into my phone’s settings, found the camera app in the list of apps, and made sure it had permission to use the camera. I suggest doing this right away because, uhhh, it’s a common reason why the camera might not be working properly.

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Sure, I can explain the steps in a teaching style using point form:

When checking if the camera app has permission to use the camera on an Android device, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app by tapping on the Settings icon (gear/cog symbol).
  2. Navigate to the Apps or Applications section.
  3. Find and tap on the Camera app.
  4. Access the App Permissions option.
  5. Check the status of the Camera permission.
  6. Grant the Camera permission if it’s currently denied.
  7. Additional notes: On some devices, you may need to expand the Permissions section. If the Camera permission is grayed out, there may be a device policy or restriction in place.

Fix 9: Update Your Phone’s Operating System

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Your phone’s operating system is like the big boss that controls everything. Getting the latest update can sometimes fix camera app problems.

For iPhone/iPad users, we’ll do some similar steps

  1. Restart your device: Just like for Android, a restart can often fix minor issues.
  2. Close any other camera apps: If you have other camera apps running in the background, they might be getting in the way of the main camera app. We’ll close them.
  3. Force quit and reinstall the camera app: Sometimes completely closing the app and reinstalling it can give it a fresh start.
  4. Check camera privacy settings: Just like Android, we’ll make sure the camera app has permission to use the camera on your iPhone or iPad.
  5. Update to the latest iOS: Getting the latest update for your iPhone or iPad’s operating system can also fix camera app bugs.

And if none of those steps work, there might be a problem with the physical camera lens itself. In that case, we’ll need to take your phone to a professional, like a doctor for phones, to get it checked out and repaired.

But don’t worry, we’ll work together to get your camera app back in tip-top shape so you can take all the pictures you want!

Additional Tips

  • Third-party camera apps: If the default camera app continues to malfunction, consider trying a reputable third-party camera app from the Play Store or App Store.
  • Contact device manufacturer support: If none of the above solutions work, contacting your device manufacturer’s support team is recommended for further assistance.


That’s it for the blog post today. Today, I tried sharing all the practical and relevant ways to troubleshoot the camera app in the easiest and most effective way. I hope you found the information helpful. If you did, please let us know in the comment section below which fixing step worked the best for you. And if you still have questions, doubts, or anything else you’d like to know more about, feel free to contact us.

Kunal Kashyap, the tech guru behind, simplifies complex tech issues with clear and user-friendly guides. With expertise in Android, iOS, and more, his tutorials empower users to tackle tech problems confidently. Kunal's engaging style makes technology accessible to both beginners and experts. Beyond tech, he explores psychology and keeps up with tech and business trends awarded by the Government and Namita Thapar.

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