How to Fix “iPhone Camera Not Working”

iPad/iPhone camera not working? This guide will help you fix the iOS 11/12 camera not working issue quickly.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 22, 2020

Apple provides users with a wonderful camera, with which iPhone users can take a lot of fantastic pictures. Especially with the release of iOS 11, this professional – quality filters take the camera on iPhone to another level. However, with time goes by, the problem that camera not working emerged, especially when the latest iOS 12 released and many users updated their iPhone to iOS 12, “iPhone camera not working” issue gets worse. At that time, you must feel anxious about this issue.

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Actually, there’s no need to worry much about this issue. You are not the only one who meets the camera issue, others also write to us and say that the iPhone rear or back camera not working. Here in this guide, we collect several practical methods to help you fix the iPhone XS (Max)/XR/X/8/7/6 camera not working issue. Also applied to fix iPad camera not working problem. Let’s get it on.

2. How to Fix iPad/iPhone Camera Not Working Issue

1. Lock the Issue

Before the steps below to fix the iPhone XS (Max)/XR/X/8/7/6 camera not working issue, lock the issue first. You may re-enter the Camera app several times, but only find the camera shows a black screen. So is it a software or hardware problem? Check it by yourself.

Open FaceTime, Skype or other apps to make a video call. Check both the rear and back cameras to see if they work well. If they work fine, then it’s a software problem, and you can fix it with the methods in this guide. Just keep reading.

2. How to Fix iPad/iPhone Camera Not Working Issue

1 > Force the Camera App to Close

Tap Home button twice quickly and you will see all the apps that you have been used recently. Find Camera app and swipe up to close. Then return to Home screen and open Camera app again to see if the iPhone camera work again. If it does not work, move to the next solution.

2 > Restart/Reboot Your Device

Restart your device: Press the power button > Drag slide to power off > Turn it on after about 30 seconds.

Reboot your device: Press and hold on the Home button and power button together until the Apple logo appears. For iPhone 7 users, please press the Home button and the Volume down button.

3 > Reset All Settings

It will not erase any data on your iPhone/iPad, and just reset your iPhone to the default settings. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings to make it. Open your Camera app to check the iPhone camera not working issue has been fixed or not.

4 > Update to the Latest iOS

Go to General > General > Software Update to see if there is an iOS update. If a new update is available, you can update your device. It may fix the bug that cause the iPhone front/back camera not working problem.

5 > Restore Your Device

If nothing works, you can restore your iPhone to have a try. You can go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings on iPhone to make it. If it still not work, you can restore your iPhone with iTunes: Update the iTunes to the latest version > Plug in your device > Summary > Click Restore iPhone/iPad. Remember to backup your device firstly.

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to fix the iPhone/iPad camera not working issue in iOS 12/11. If you have any other iOS 12 problems, you can refer to this guide to get solutions. You can also share this guide with others if it is helpful.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.