Usually, the camera app works seamlessly on all Android devices. However, if you’ve got an old phone you may notice some issues with the camera from time to time. There may be a bunch of reasons why your camera app randomly crashes down or does not start at all. In this article, we show you 7 simple ways how to fix the ‘Camera app crashing or not working’ issue on an Android smartphone.
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Reboot your device
Restarting your phone can fix hidden glitches and bugs. It is an easy way of fixing minor issues that you’ve never faced before on your phone. In order to restart your phone, hard press the screen lock key and select ‘Restart’ from the power menu.
Check the camera to see if it’s working. If it isn’t, proceed to the solutions listed below.
Check the permissions for the Camera app
It is possible you may have removed certain permissions for the camera app. The camera app on your phone requires certain permissions to function properly. This includes microphone access, files and media access, and phone access. In order to check all the permissions are granted, go to Settings>Apps>Camera>Permissions.
Force Stop Camera
Using ‘force stop’ terminates all activity of your camera app, be it active or background. When you open the camera app, it will boot again, thereby fixing any issues that may have been preventing it from working. In order to force stop go to Settings>Apps>Camera>Force Stop.
Clear Camera Cache and App Data
Clearing the camera cache will get rid of any temporary files the app may be using for faster functioning. If the cache hasn’t been cleared in a while it can accumulate some corrupted files, leading to the camera app crashing randomly. In order to clear the cache and app data go to Settings>Apps>Camera>Storage>Clear cache/app data.
Check if another app is using the Camera
Your phone camera doesn’t work for two applications at once. You may have noticed this while trying to use the camera in the middle of a video call on WhatsApp or Google Meet. If your camera is being used by another app, you won’t be able to use the main camera app on your phone. Turn off the app using the camera and try again.
Check for Software Updates
If there are any pending updates to your phone that you’ve been putting off, you may want to install them. Smartphone manufacturers often push patches for known issues with these updates, which may fix your camera app. To check for software updates go to Settings>Software Update.
Perform Factory Reset
If none of the above techniques are able to fix your camera app, you may want to perform a factory reset. Performing a factory reset will clear all the data from your phone and reset the settings to default. This method is advised only when you’ve tried everything else. In order to perform a factory reset go to Settings>General Management>Reset>Factory Data Reset.
If you’ve been using your phone for heavy tasks like gaming or fast charging, it may have gotten heated up. Some functions of your phone get suspended in this condition. Wait for your phone to cool down and then use the camera app again.
These are some easy ways to fix your camera app on an Android smartphone. If you’ve tried all the above-mentioned fixes and the issue still persists, there may be a problem with the camera hardware. In this case, take your phone to the repair centre for further diagnosis.
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