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Camera on my iPhone not working

When I open my phone and tap the camera app the camera comes on the screen for a second and quickly goes off. I also tried to swipe upon the small camera icon on the bottom right side on the opening screen and the same thing happen s . I checked to see that restrictions were off and they were . I also cleared all my apps . Force off the screen the ones I was not using and still had the same result.

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Here are some tips from, you can check if they are working for you:

  • If you see a black image or if you see closed lens, try completely closing the camera app. To to that, double press the home button, tap and hold on the camera app until it jiggles, and then tap the red (-) sign to quit the app. Then press the home button and relaunch the camera app.
  • If your device has no camera app on the home screen, it is probably that camera app is disabled. To re-enable the camera, you simply need to go back into Settings > General > Restrictions and flip Camera to ON.
  • Simply restarting your iPhone or iPad may fix your issue.
  • Are your photos fuzzy? Your camera lenses may be dirty. Make sure that the camera lenses are clean.Using a microfiber cloth to clean the lenses.
  • If your camera is not working properly (especially focus problems), it is known that some third party iPad or iPhone case may interfere with the autofocus feature. Try removing the case and test to see if your issue is resolved. You may also want to use focus & exposure feature. To do this, simple tap on the region of the screen where you want focus and exposure. If you tap and hold on the screen, you can lock both the auto-focus and auto-exposure.
  • Updating to the latest iOS software may resolve your issue.
  • Reset all settings: Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Note that this will erase stored messages, passwords and other data & information.

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Try restoring the phone to either your iCloud or iTunes backup when it used to work.

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This is an internal problem with your camera phone. Send back to carrier or Apple if under warranty or find authorized repair in phone book.

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I have the same situation with some apps. For example, my Rock Band will not open unless I restart my phone. I've downloaded an app called free memory for 99c. It's only to be used if you absolutely need more and it will only work for a short time. This will tell you just how much memory you have and how much you are able to free up.

I don't think it will make much of a difference but, instead of purchacing something from the app store directly, go to Itunes and download it from there, that way you know you're at least getting everything.

If you try rebooting it and it still doesn't work, consider contacting your phone company and seeing what they would do; it could be more in depth than just restarting your phone.

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SOURCE: My Iphone 3G, 32GB desktop icons are opening the wrong app.

you need to calibrate your screen. the touch sensor has moved so when you press on an icon the phone sees it as another icon. this can be done in the phone's touch settings

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SOURCE: unable to open apps - when i touch an app, it

Download any free app then delete it if you so wish. This should solve the problem. Sometimes itunes forgerts the phones i.d.
the above sorts out the problem.

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