Fix iPhone Camera won’t focus [Solved]

Earlier, camera applications were meant only for capturing beautiful photos. Still, recently the technology has evolved so much that you can do many good things with a camera app like barcode scanning, selfies, video calls, etc.

Many iPhone users have reported that the camera app does not focus properly on any object they are trying to capture with their iPhones. They could be problematic to many iPhone users since nowadays we need a camera app for opening a link or scanning a barcode to access certain things.

It has come to our notice that this issue might have been raised due to minor internal technical faults, an outdated iPhone iOS version, not updating the application which uses the camera feature of the iPhone, lack of photography skills of users, and so on.

In this article, we have compiled a set of solutions that will help you in fixing this problem very efficiently.

Preliminary Fixes

  1. Restart your iPhone and check whether this helped you in fixing this problem since it eliminates any possibility of any software bugs within the iPhone.
  2. Try updating your iPhone once to make sure the iOS is at its latest version.
  3. Tap on the object you are trying to focus on so that it lets the camera app know what exactly it should focus on.
  4. Improve your photography skills to make sure you are holding the iPhone at the distance not too far or not too close to the object.
  5. If the iPhone case is covering the camera lens, it might cause this type of issue. Therefore, try removing the case and see if this works.
  6. When there is some dirt or oily stains on the camera lens, you might have to face such problems. So take a clean wet cloth and wipe the camera lens of your iPhone and see if this works.

Fix 1 – Re-install the Application

If this problem happens only when you are apps like Snapchat, WhatsApp, etc. you might need to uninstall this app and then reinstall it.

Step 1: Long tap on the App like Snapchat, WhatsApp, etc. till there appears a context menu.

Step 2: After that, click on the Remove App option from the context menu as shown below.


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Step 3: Then you have to click on the Delete App option from the pop-up window.


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Step 4: Finally, click Delete to confirm uninstalling the application.


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Step 5: This starts uninstalling the app from your iPhone.

Step 6: After it gets uninstalled successfully, please open the App Store on your iPhone.

Step 7: Once it gets open, tap on the Search button at the bottom panel as shown below.


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Step 8: Type the application name in the search bar at the top of the page and search for the application.

Step 9: When the application page appears, click on the cloud-shaped symbol to start installing the application on your iPhone.


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Step 10: After the installation, check whether the issue still persists or not.

Fix 2 – Force Close the Camera application

Step 1: Firstly, you have to force close the camera application on your iPhone.

Step 2: To force close the camera app, open the App Switcher by swiping up exponentially from the bottom left corner of your iPhone screen.

Step 3: Once the App Switcher is open, look for the Camera app from the list.

Step 4: Then force close it by swiping the camera app upwards.


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Step 5: After it is closed, reopen the camera app by tapping on the camera app icon from the iPhone home screen.

Fix 3 – Try switching Camera Lenses

Step 1: For this, you have to launch the Camera app.

Step 2: Choose the Photo or Video option from capturing options at the bottom as shown.

Step 3:  Then you can switch the lens by clicking on 0.5 or 1 or 2 or 3.

NOTE – 2 and 3 lens options come only with the Pro version of iPhones.


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Fix 4 – Reset All Settings


Step 1: To reset all settings, you have to launch the Settings app on your iPhone first.

Step 2: Then scroll down the Settings page and select the General option by clicking on it as shown below.


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Step 3: Now select the Transfer or Reset iPhone option at the bottom of the General page as shown.


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Step 4: After that, click the Reset option.


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Step 5: This will pop up a small context menu window on the screen.

Step 6: Now tap on the Reset All Settings option from the list as shown.


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Step 7: This might ask you to enter the passcode on your iPhone screen.

Step 8: After entering the passcode, tap on the Reset All Settings option on the confirmation pop-up window again.


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