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Is Your Camera Acting Up on Your Phone?

We rely on the cameras in our smartphones for many purposes, for instance, capturing images to make memories or mark important moments, share information with others, or document certain events. So, if the camera on your cell phone is not working properly, it can be very frustrating.

It may keep you from making memories with your loved ones or recording significant events or documents. At this point, you may be wondering if it is time to seek professional help or get a new phone. However, not all phone camera issues require a trip to the repair shop or purchasing a new phone.

So, before swapping your old phone with a new one, consider if there is something you can do to fix the phone on your own or take it to a professional faulty camera repair to have the issue resolved. 

Do not spend your hard-earned money on a new phone just yet; take a few minutes to read this article. You will learn about cell phone camera issues that you can troubleshoot on your own or issues that would need assistance from faulty camera repair professionals so that your phone is back to working normally again. 

Fixing the faulty camera issue

There may be several reasons your phone camera may be acting up. The first thing you can do is try troubleshooting the issue and see if it is resolved. However, the process for troubleshooting the phone camera issue may vary according to the type of phone you own. Similarly, the process may also vary if the issue is with the front-facing camera, the rear-facing camera or both. 

Here are a few faulty camera issues and some tips to consider and see if the problem is resolved.

The camera does not start/ screen is black

The first thing you can try is closing the camera app and opening it again to see if it is working properly. If your phone is wrapped in an independent encasing, you may need to check if something is blocking the camera. It could very much be the case if you see a black screen when you open the camera app.

However, if that is not the case and restarting the app does not work either, you can restart your cell phone and see if that helps. Sometimes a soft reboot is all you need to fix whatever issue your phone might have. Moreover, you may sometimes have to remove the pictures or videos you have stored on your phone to get the camera to start working properly.

At times, the device’s operating system may hinder the camera app from working normally. If that is the case, ensure that your phone has the current version of the OS and that all apps are updated accordingly.  

Sometimes the problem may be with one of the cameras only, and you can ascertain that by switching between rear-end and front-end cameras to see where the problem is. Similarly, if you have more than one photo app installed on your phone, try using the camera through the alternative app. If there were some issues with the previous app, your camera would resume its normal function.

If none of the methods suggested above work, you can apply a hard reboot and clear up the cache to fix glitches, if any.

The picture is blurred or out of focus

If your cell phone camera can take pictures, but the picture is blurred or out of focus, or the colors appear faded, there are a few ways to fix the issue. 

The first thing you need to do is check the camera lens and ensure that it is clean. If the lens is dirty, it may be why your phone camera cannot take clear pictures. You can make the problem go away in an instant. Just grab a lens cleaning wipe or a soft microfiber cloth and clean the lens gently. 

You may also need to check the camera settings and adjust the brightness or contrast aspects to improve picture quality and color output.

Phone flash is not working

If the camera is working fine except for the flash feature, check to see if it is, in fact, turned on. Like the camera lens, the flash can also get dirty and may need a bit of cleaning. If your phone has an encasing, make sure that the phone cover does not hinder the flash. If that is the case and you need the flash to work, you may have to remove the case.

If you had been using your camera for some time with the flash enabled and it stops working all of a sudden, it could be the flash just trying to cool off for a while. It can sometimes happen if the temperature in the proximities is high. 

Sometimes low device or RAM storage or a third-party app can also prevent the flash from working, so you can check to rule out these issues as well.

When to take your phone to a professional faulty camera repair

There can be two situations where you may need to take your phone to a trusted faulty camera repair shop and get the problem fixed.

  • If you have ruled out all the issues mentioned in the previous sections or exhausted all the suggested fixes to no avail, you may need to take your cell phone for repair.
  • The issue is of a nature that you may be unable to resolve on your own. For instance, the lens may have a scratch or a crack, or there could be moisture trapped inside the lens due to exposure to water.

So, if you are unable to fix the camera, and are not willing to part with your phone just yet, just stop by Wireless Solution and Accessories or give us a call. You will be offered free expert diagnostics to assess the nature of the problem. If the phone’s camera problem is of a nature that needs fixing by experts, you can bring it for repair and get quality services. Alternatively, if any of the suggested tips makes the issue go away, we are more than happy to help. Happy clicking!

Darren is a passionate writer on a collection of subjects. Attaining his Masters in English literature in 2016, Darren has continued to write on a daily basis ever since.

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