How To Fix IPhone Camera Won’t Focus

Even though the camera on every iPhone is excellent, sometimes there are inevitable glitches on each model, and one of the issues is when the camera won’t focus. When this issue occurs, all the photos you take will be blurred. In this article, you can find several ways to fix the iPhone camera won’t focus.

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How To Fix iPhone Camera Won’t Focus

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Solution No.1: Remove the case

The first thing you should do is remove the iPhone case when using the camera. Sometimes, the case is why the iPhone camera won’t focus, and as a result, all the snaps are blurry.


Solution No. 2: Press and hold the camera button

The other solution is to press and hold the camera button and wait until the camera is focused. When the picture becomes clear, let go of the button.



Solution No.3: Clean the camera lens

Make sure your iPhone camera lens is clean from debris or dirt. Sometimes, we accidentally touch the lens of our iPhone camera and leave fingerprints there. Try to clean it using a soft cloth, or a microfiber cloth will be better. Do it gently and appropriately.


Solution No.4: Lock the Auto Focus

There are many great features on the Camera app of the iPhone. One of them is Auto Focus and Auto Exposure lock (AE/AF Lock). This feature can help when your iPhone camera doesn’t focus. All you have to do is, tapping on the object you want to focus on for a few seconds until you see the small yellow “AE/AF Lock” box. This feature will keep the object to stay focus even though the iPhone is moving around.


Solution No.5: Remove a magnetic lens

If your iPhone has a magnetic attachable lens or a metallic case, try to remove it temporarily. It could be the reason behind the iPhone camera won’t focus on problems.


Solution No.6: Tap the phone

Tap the top of the phone (rear camera lens end) several times with the palm of your hand. Many users have reported that this simple step solved their issue.


Solution No.7: Force camera app to close

Restarting the app can fix the problem. Tap the Home button twice, and you will see the preview of the apps you have been using. Swipe left and find the camera app, and then swipe up to close it.

Force close the app


Solution No.8: Restart your iPhone

One of the things that can quickly fix many glitches is a restart. After the restart, recheck the camera focus. To restart your device, press and hold the sleep/wake button and slide to power off. Once again, when the phone is off, press and hold the sleep/wake button and turn your device back on.


Solution No.9: Update iOS

The new iOS version can fix bugs and glitches, and it also improves the performance of your device. That is why it is essential to update your iPhone to the latest version regularly. Follow the steps below:

  • Connect your iPhone to the power source and a Wi-Fi network
  • Go to Settings
  • Tap General
  • Tap Software Update
  • Next, tap Download and install
  • Tap Install

Update iOS


Solution No.10: Erase all content and settings

Back up your data first. Then go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and settings and tap Erase iPhone. After this is completed, follow the on-screen steps and set up your iPhone as a new device.

erase iPhone steps


Solution No.11: Ask For Replacement

Check the warranty card of your iPhone. If it did not expire yet, claim it. If you have iPhone 6 Plus that you bought between September 2014 and January 2015, maybe you are eligible for the Apple iSight camera replacement program. This program is specially made for iPhone 6 Plus only, which has an iPhone camera not focusing issues. Apple will replace your iPhone 6 Plus camera for free. Click here to check if the serial number of your device is eligible for this program.


These problems/solutions are found and effective on iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus.

If the iPhone camera won’t focus issue still appears even though you have tried all of the solutions we listed above, contact Apple or visit one of their stores.

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