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Jul 28, 2023

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How To Fix A Google Pixel Camera That Isn’t Working?

A malfunctioning camera on your Google Pixel phone can be frustrating, especially given its reputation for excellent photography. Don’t worry if you’re having camera issues! Repairmypixel will guide you through the step-by-step process of diagnosing and fixing common camera issues on your beloved Google Pixel device in this detailed tutorial.

Check for Common Software Glitches

Step 1: Restart Your Phone
Often, a simple restart can resolve minor software hiccups that may affect the camera’s functionality. To restart your Google Pixel:

Press and hold the Power button until the power menu appears on the screen >Tap on “Restart” and wait for your phone to power off and on again.

Step 2: Force Close the Camera App

If the camera app is frozen or unresponsive, force-closing it can help. Here’s how to do it:

Go to your phone’s Home screen or swipe up from the bottom to access the app drawer >Find the camera app and swipe it left or right to close it.

Alternatively, you can go to “Settings” > “Apps & notifications” > “See all apps >Locate the camera app, tap on it, and then select “Force stop.”

Step 3: Clear Cache and Data
Corrupted cache or data files can also lead to camera issues. Clearing these files may resolve the problem. Keep in mind that this action will not delete your photos or videos:

Open “Settings” on your Pixel phone >Go to “Apps & notifications” > “See all apps” > Find the camera app and tap on it >Select “Storage & cache” > Tap on “Clear cache” and then on “Clear storage.”

Step 4: Check for System Updates
Google regularly releases software updates that can improve the overall performance of your phone, including the camera. To check for and install updates:

Open “Settings” on your Pixel phone > Scroll down and select “System” > Tap on “Advanced” and then choose “System update.”  If an update is available, follow the on-screen instructions to download and install it.

Step 5: Safe Mode Troubleshooting
In some cases, third-party apps may interfere with the camera’s operation. Booting your phone into safe mode will help you determine if a specific app is causing the issue. Here’s how to do it:

Press and hold the Power button > Touch and hold “Power off” until you see the “Reboot to safe mode” prompt > Tap “OK” to enter safe mode. In safe mode, try using the camera. If it works fine, it indicates that a third-party app is causing the problem.

By following these steps, you can check and troubleshoot common software glitches that might be affecting the camera on your Google Pixel phone. If the issue persists, move on to the next steps in our troubleshooting guide to further diagnose and fix the problem.

Verify Camera Permission & Settings

Incorrect camera permissions or misconfigured settings can prevent the camera from functioning correctly on your Google Pixel phone. To ensure everything is set up correctly, follow these steps:

Step 1: Check Camera Permissions:

Open “Settings” on your Pixel phone > Scroll down and select “Apps & notifications” or “Apps” > Find and tap on the “Camera” app from the list of apps. Here, you will see the “Permissions” section. Make sure that the camera app has permission to access your phone’s camera. If it doesn’t, follow these steps to grant the necessary permission:

Tap on “Permissions” > Enable the “Camera” toggle switch.

Step 2: Reset Camera Settings to Default:

If you have made numerous changes to the camera settings and are unsure which one might be causing the issue, you can reset the camera settings to their default values. Here’s how:

Go back to the camera settings menu > Look for the option to “Reset to Default” or “Reset Settings.” Confirm the action to reset the camera settings.

By verifying camera permissions and settings, you can ensure that the camera app has the necessary access and configurations to work correctly on your Google Pixel phone. If the camera issue persists, proceed to the next troubleshooting steps to pinpoint the root cause and find a solution.

Resolve Third-party App Interference

Third-party camera apps installed on your Google Pixel phone may sometimes interfere with the device’s native camera app, causing issues or conflicts. To identify and resolve app interference problems, follow these steps:

Step 1: Identify Problematic Apps

Restart your Pixel phone in safe mode to check if the camera works properly without any third-party apps running. Here’s how to do it:

Press and hold the Power button >Touch and hold “Power off” until you see the “Reboot to safe mode” prompt >Tap “OK” to enter safe mode.

In safe mode, open the camera app and test its functionality. If the camera works fine in safe mode, it indicates that one or more third-party apps are causing the issue. Exit safe mode by restarting your phone as usual.

Step 2: Uninstall or Disable Conflicting Apps

Once you’ve identified the problematic app, you have two options:

Uninstall the App:
– Open the app drawer and find the problematic app.
– Press and hold the app icon, then select “Uninstall” or drag it to the “Uninstall” section (if available).
– Follow the on-screen prompts to remove the app from your device.

Disable the App:

– If the app came pre-installed and cannot be uninstalled, you can disable it to prevent it from running and interfering with the camera app.
– Go to “Settings” > “Apps & notifications” or “Apps.”
– Locate the problematic app from the list.
– Tap on the app, then select “Disable” or “Turn off.”

Step 3: Update or Reinstall Third-Party Camera Apps

If you suspect that a third-party camera app is causing the issue but you still want to use it, try updating the app to the latest version. Developers often release updates to fix bugs and improve compatibility with newer devices.

1. Open the Google Play Store on your Pixel phone.
2. Search for the problematic camera app.
3. If an update is available, tap on the app and select “Update.”

If updating the app doesn’t resolve the problem, consider uninstalling and then reinstalling it. Sometimes, a fresh installation can fix any corrupted files or settings.

Step 4: Check for Google Camera App Updates

If you primarily use Google’s native camera app and are experiencing issues, make sure it is updated to the latest version. Google regularly releases updates for its camera app to improve performance and add new features.

1. Open the Google Play Store.
2. Search for “Google Camera.”
3. If an update is available, tap on the app and select “Update.”

Perform a Factory Reset

Performing a factory reset should be considered as a last resort when all other troubleshooting steps have failed to resolve the camera issue on your Google Pixel phone. A factory reset will erase all data and settings on your device, returning it to its original state when you first bought it. Before proceeding with a factory reset, ensure you have backed up all important data to prevent data loss. Once you’re ready, follow these steps:

Step 1: Backup Your Data:

Go to “Settings” on your Pixel phone> Scroll down and select “System” > Tap on “Backup.”
Ensure that “Backup to Google Drive” is enabled and select the Google account you want to use for backup.
Tap on “Back up now” to initiate the backup process.

Step 2: Remove Google Accounts:

Go to “Settings” on your Pixel phone> Scroll down and select “Accounts” > Tap on each Google account listed, then tap the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner > Select “Remove account” for each Google account until they are all removed.

Step 3: Perform the Factory Reset:

Go to “Settings” on your Pixel phone > Scroll down and select “System >Tap on “Reset options” > Select “Factory data reset.” You may be prompted to enter your device PIN, pattern, or password >Tap on “Reset phone” or “Erase all data” If you have a screen lock set, you may be asked to enter it again to confirm the factory reset.

Step 4: Complete the Factory Reset:

Your Google Pixel phone will now begin the factory reset process, which may take a few minutes to complete.
Once the reset is finished, your phone will reboot to its initial setup screen, just like when you first bought it.
Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device again.

Step 5: Restore Your Data:

During the initial setup, your Pixel phone will prompt you to sign in with your Google account.
Enter the Google account details you used for the backup in Step 1. Follow the on-screen prompts to restore your backed-up data and settings.

Performing a factory reset can help resolve persistent camera issues on your Google Pixel phone by restoring the device to its original state. However, remember that this action erases all data, so make sure to back up your important files before proceeding. If the camera problem persists even after a factory reset, it’s recommended to seek assistance from Repairmypixel or contact Google’s official support for further assistance.

 

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