A broken lens results in an iPhone camera focus not working and taking blurry photos.

Fix iPhone camera focus not working

The iPhone camera is one of the best around and a big reason why so many chose this range of Apple handsets. However, sometimes things can go wrong and you can end up with hazy or blurry photos. The iPhone camera focus not working problem is something we see quite often in our shop, but there are a few things that you can try before getting a repair.

In this how-to guide we’ll look at troubleshooting the iPhone camera won’t focus issue and what can be done to fix it.

Restart the iPhone camera app to fix the focus

To fix the camera focus on iPhone the first trick to try is to simply restart the camera app. Swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone screen and then again on the camera app in order to close it properly.

Reopen the camera app and see if this has fixed the issue.

Try an iPhone restart

If restarting the camera app hasn’t fixed the issue then try restarting the iPhone.

On iPhones that have a home button, simply push and hold the power button to switch the handset off.

On newer models with FaceID hold the volume down button and power button to switch off.

Once turned off, for all iPhones, simply push and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears.

An iPhone camera focus not working and taking a blurry photo.

Update iOS to solve camera focus not working on iPhone

New versions of the camera software are included in updates of iOS. Therefore ensure that you are using the latest version of the iPhone operating system.

To check for updates to iOS go to “Settings > General > Software Update” and see if a new version is available.

Use manual adjustment to fix iPhone camera focus not working

If there are a lot of elements in a picture then the camera app may not focus correctly.

In order to fix the camera focus not working on iPhone in this situation, firstly tap on the object you want to capture cleanly. Secondly, take the picture and see how cleanly the iPhone camera captures it.

Shooting at low light levels can cause camera focus not working on iPhone

When light levels are low then the iPhone camera may struggle to take clean, crisp photos. If your iPhone supports Night mode then try selecting this if it isn’t used automatically.

If your iPhone doesn’t have Night Mode then try using the flash or moving to a well lit area.

Try and hold the iPhone as still as possible to avoid blurry photos from handshake.

The iPhone camera flash being used to fix a blurry photo at night.

Is the iPhone warm?

The iPhone can get hot after a session of watching videos or playing games. If you have blurry photos and the iPhone camera doesn’t focus then temperature could be the reason.

Let the iPhone cool down and then try to take the photo again.

Did you drop the phone and break the camera lens?

If the iPhone was dropped then this could cause damage to the camera optics. Check for any cracks or damage to the lenses on the back of the iPhone.

If there is damage then an iPhone camera repair or lens replacement could be needed. Our iPhone repair Norwich shop can run a free diagnostic test to check for damage and conduct an iPhone camera replacement or install a new lens if necessary.

Fix iPhone camera focus not working overall

The iPhone camera is a key part of the Apple handset. If you need help with fixing iPhone camera lag or iPhone camera black screen then we have guides for these issues as well as others in our helpful information section.

To fix iPhone camera focus not working then try troubleshooting with the tips in this article. Otherwise come and see us in our iPhone repair Norwich shop and chat through your iPhone issues. We’ll get you back taking pristine pictures in no time.

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