Is iPhone Camera Blurry? How to Fix

Several users have complained that their iPhone has started taking blurry photos or videos. More specifically, the photos or videos taken by the iPhone are blurry, out of focus, unclear, and overall bad.

A similar issue is that the iPhone Camera is showing blurry images while trying to use FaceTime, Zoom, or similar video apps. If you are having a similar issue while you have a good and stable Wi-Fi or cellular data connection, there are a few things you can check.

This article provides possible reasons why the Camera app and your pictures or videos are blurry and offers several tips you can try to fix this problem. It seems that this problem may occur using the front and back camera. Several factors may cause this issue, such as an unclean lens or poor user execution. This article is for you if the Camera app shows videos or photos that do not look right.

Blurry photo

Restart the Camera app

Simply restart the Camera app on your iPhone. This may fix your Camera if it is not working as expected. Here is how:

  • Open the App Switcher:
    • iPhone with Face ID models: Swipe up from the bottom edge of your screen and pause near the middle.
    • Other iPhone models (iPhone with a Home button models): Double press the Home button.
  • Now find the Camera app. You can swipe left or right to find it.
  • Swipe up on the Camera app.
  • Then open the Camera app and try to take photos.
Close the Camera app

Restart iPhone

If restarting the app does not fix your problem, restart your iPhone. Here is how:

  • iPhone X and later: Press and hold the side button and the volume up (or down) button together until the “slide to power off” screen appears. Drag the slider. Wait for your iPhone to turn off. Then press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.
  • Other iPhone models: Press and hold the power button (side or top) until you see the power-off slider. Move the slider. Wait about 30 seconds for your device to turn off. Press and hold the power button again to turn on your iPhone.

Update software

The first step is to check for iOS updates, and if there are updates available, update your device. This may fix your problem. For example, there could be an iOS update addressing possible Camera auto-focus problems, if your iPhone camera is unable to focus on an object when taking photos or videos.

Updating is easy. Simply go to Settings > General > Software Update and follow the onscreen instructions.

Clean the lens

Dust, fingerprints, or debris on the lens can interfere with your camera’s auto-focus feature. A dirty lens can be one of the biggest culprits. Furthermore, a humid indoor environment may produce a blurry, soft-focus effect. It is a good idea to clean the front of your lens. Your iPhone has two built-in cameras. One is located on the back of the phone and the other one is on the front of the phone. Using a soft, dry, lint-free cloth, clean the lens. You should not use facial tissues.

The case

If you are using a case, your case may be the problem. Certain cases, especially metallic cases, may cause issues with optical image stabilization. Remove the case, take a photo and then compare the photos you take with and without the case.

Avoid camera shake

If you move your iPhone too much while taking photos, this may cause motion blur. To avoid this, hold your iPhone steady. Do not move and stay still until the photo is taken. You may want to hold it with your two hands.

Use Burst Mode

You may want to shoot in Burst Mode especially if your objects are moving. Burst Mode lets you take multiple high-speed shots continuously in a second. Simply, open the Camera app and press and hold the Shutter button and drag it to the left. You can also use the Volume Up button if you enable it by going to Settings > Camera, and enable the “Use Volume Up For Burst” option.

Burst Mode

You can view your photos and select the best one. Simply open the Photos app and find the photo and then tap Select.

Adjust auto-focus

Your iPhone’s Camera is pretty sophisticated. However, it is possible that your camera may focus on the wrong subject or area. And this may result in blurry results. And the good news is that you can decide where to focus. This will fix this problem. Simply, tap on an area, a person, or an object in the Camera preview screen where you want the Camera to focus within the frame.

Focus iPhone Camera

More help

If your issue persists, you may want to contact Apple. It is possible that your camera hardware needs to be fixed. You may further want to make a Genius Bar appointment.

See also

Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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