iPhone Camera Not Working — Here's How to Fix It

Do you love taking selfies but lately your iPhone camera not working or the screen is completely black? In this article we will help you to resolve this issue and fix camera not working on iPhone or iPad. iPhone users give the following complains on Apple forums:

camera not working on iPhone

  • The back camera is showing a black screen.
  • Apps are freezing when you switch between rear and front cameras.
  • The default Camera app is laggy or frozen.
  • Camera flash isn’t syncing with shots.
  • Some options for camera are missing – flash, camera roll, HD.

Follow these solutions to fix iPhone Camera not working.

Fix Black Screen or Camera Freezing Issue

iPhone Camera Black Screen

Step #1: Locating issue

Find out first whether it is a software or hardware issue.

  • Launch FaceTime or some other video app and make a video call to someone.
  • Check both cameras. If they’re working OK during the call, it’s likely a software issue that can be fixed.

Contact Apple support center if the iPhone camera not working issue still shows a black screen.

Step #2: Close The Camera App

iPhone Camera App not Working

If the screen shows a black image or a closed lens, do a force to quit. Tap twice the Home button; doing this will show you previews of recently used applications. Search for the Camera App and close it by swiping up.

Step #3: Restart iPhone

Press Sleep/Power and Home buttons together and wait till the Apple logo pops up. At the same time, release the buttons and your device will restart. The personal data will remain intact. See the Camera app after that.

Step #4: Reset Device

fix iPhone camera not working

One of the easiest fix for iPhone camera not working is to reset iPhone to default Settings.

  • Head to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings. The iPhone returns to default settings.
  • Open Camera app; if you can take images again, your job is done.
  • If the problem persists, keep reading.

Step #5: Setup iPhone as new

Some users find that iPhone Camera not working issue is caused by restoration of an old backup. If facing same issue, try erasing your iPhone and set it up as new.

All data from the device, including songs, contacts, images, etc. will be removed. Backup to iCloud to save your data.

To reboot the device, to go Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings.

If the content is selected, a “Hello” screen will appear and you’ll be asked to restore a backup or setup iPhone as new. Select the setup as new option to proceed.

iPhone Flash not working

If the flash doesn’t work, pictures can be dark or black. Try these steps.

  1. Remove your iPhone’s case.
  2. Ensure the flash is clean. Use polishing cloth if it isn’t.
  3. Check the lightning bolt in the upper left corner to see if the flash is on.
  4. Restart the iPhone by pressing and holding Sleep/Power and Home buttons.
  5. Switch on the Flashlight from Control Center. If it works, the flash is fine.
  6. Switch off Camera location services by going to Settings -> Privacy -> Location services and turn off on Camera app.

With all these measures, you’ll hopefully solve iPhone Camera not working issue.

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| April 14, 2016 Related Topics: Apple, error, Fix, iphone