2 Ways to Turn Off AutoFocus on Any Smartphone

Turning off autofocus on an Android/iPhone. This is one of the most helpful tricks that everyone should learn. 

Because even sometimes, when we click pictures, autofocus mode will disturb us by automatically focusing on the wrong object even with a tap on the suitable object that we want to focus on, but still camera would automatically transfers its focus to another object.

1st Way Using Camera App

To turn off autofocus on an Android or iPhone device:

  1. Open your camera app.
  2. Look for the focus settings within the camera app interface.
  3. Disable autofocus by tapping on the icon resembling a flower or with the letters “AF” or toggle the option provided.

To turn off autofocus on an Android device if the option is not available in the default camera app, you can follow these steps:

Turn Off AutoFocus using this method
  1. Open your camera app.
  2. Tap on the screen to bring up the focus area.
  3. Look for a small square or circle icon on the screen, indicating the autofocus target.
  4. Tap and hold on to the object you want to focus on until the icon changes or a focus lock indicator appears.
  5. This action will manually set the focus to the object you selected, helping to prevent the autofocus from automatically readjusting.
screenshot of autofocused locked on device

All the default camera application is created solely for clicking photos, and most of them does not include the most specific features to turn off autofocus. In all the midrange and budget ranges, smartphones follow this trend.

But when it comes to flagship devices, all can disable or turn them off when not needed.

screenshot of camera app with turned off auto focus

2nd Way is Using a Third-Party App

The most convenient way is to use third-party apps; many camera apps are available. However, I have a list of the best ones.

I’ll quickly suggest the open camera app, the most light and easy-to-use app in the market.

Open camera android app
  • Tap on the Popup iconPopup menu.
  • Then select Focus.
  • Here’s tap on Locked focus iconLocked – The camera does not focus unless you manually touch it to focus.
manual focus from open camera app
Focus Manual
focus auto on open camera
Focus Auto
focus locked on open camera
Focus Locked

I demonstrated both methods and how they could be used on any device. And the app’s available camera’s download size is only 4 MB.

What is an Open Camera?

Open Camera is a third-party camera application used to click photos by a professional who wants to customize every detail of their photographs.

Troubleshooting and Tips Autofocus

  • Some camera apps may have slightly different interfaces or options so the exact steps may vary. Explore the settings or refer to the app’s documentation for specific instructions.
  • Remember that turning off autofocus means manually adjusting the focus by tapping the desired object on the screen before capturing the photo.
  • Practice and experiment with manual focus to achieve the desired results. It may take some time to master, but the control it gives you over your photography is worth it.

What is AutoFocus, and why it’s being used?

Autofocus is a feature used in cameras and smartphones to automatically detect and focus on objects within the frame. It is designed to help users capture sharp and clear images without manually adjusting the focus. However, there are instances when autofocus may not accurately detect the desired object, leading to unwanted focus changes.

Autofocus means the camera’s AI automatically detects and focuses on the object. For example, if a man is standing in front of a rear camera with a small plant if the device is smart, then it would automatically focus on the man rather than the plant.

But sometimes, the camera focuses on nonprimary objects because of poor detection of available objects in the frame. If you take the same example again, the camera automatically focuses on the plant rather than the man.

AutoFocus is mainly used by old age or people who don’t know how to operate their Android or smartphone.

However, it is not a new feature; it has been there for ages; firstly, it was introduced on the camera, especially on handy cams.

Other Helpful and Relevant Resources


That’s it; this is how you can turn off autofocus on any Android device. If you are using Samsung, realme, or whatever device, you have to long-press on the object that you want to focus on, and it will be automatically logged, or you can see it will be off. I hope you like this tutorial.

Kunal Kashyap, the tech guru behind FixItKunal.com, 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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