iPhone Problems

How to Fix iPhone Camera Not Focusing

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2020-11-27 / Update for  iPhone Fix

Just got my iPhone 12 Pro and noticed there is an issue focusing objects up close. The object up close doesn't focus with auto focus or when I tap on the object. It will eventually work after multiple tries. Sometimes it flips between focus to out of focus continuously. I've never had this issue with my old iPhone 11 Pro."

-- From MacRumors

Even though the iPhone camera is one of the best of any mobile devices, sometimes certain glitches can interfere with the camera, causing all sorts of problems. One of the most common iPhone camera problems is the iPhone camera not focusing. If you're trying to take photos and the iPhone camera won't focus, it is likely that the camera lens is damaged. But if the lens seems OK, it is possible that a software issue could be causing the problem.

Tips to Fix iPhone Camera Not Focusing iOS 13/12

Let's see how to fix when iPhone 12 Pro/12/X/8/7/6 camera not working.

1. Remove the Case

Some iPhone cases can interfere with the normal function of the iPhone's camera. Therefore if your iPhone 6 camera is not focusing, the first thing you should do is remove the case.

remove iphone case

2. Clean the Camera Lens

It is also likely that dust and dirt could have accumulated on the camera lens. Use a micro-fiber cloth or a soft cloth to wipe away any dust and debris that may have accumulated on the camera lens. Do it thoroughly but be very gentle.

clean lens

3. Press and Hold Camera Button

If the two solutions above fail to fix the problem, it is very likely that it is a software issue rather than a hardware one. In this case, the first thing you should try is to press and hold the camera button until the picture is clearer.

press and hold camera button

4. Lock Auto Focus

One of the best features on the Camera app is the Auto Focus and Auto Exposure. It is a feature that is designed to help the iPhone camera focus. All you have to do to activate it is tap and hold on the object you want to focus on until the AE/AF box appears.

lock exposure camera

5. Tap Top of iPhone Several Times

You can also try tapping the top of the iPhone near the rear end camera lens several times with your palm. This action may serve to remove some of the dirt and dust that could be interfering with the lens.

6. Remove the Magnetic Lens

You could also try removing the attachable lens or a metallic case temporarily if you have one. They have been known to interfere with the iPhone camera's focus. You can replace it once you determine it is not the magnetic lens causing the issue.

remove iphone magnetic lens

7. Force Close the Camera App

Force closing the camera app can also be very helpful when faced with an iPhone camera that will not focus. To do that, follow these simple steps;

  • Step 1: Tap on the home button twice to bring up a preview of the apps you've been using.
  • Step 2: Swipe to the left to locate the camera app
  • Step 3: Swipe up on it to close it
force close camera

8. Restart iPhone

Restarting the iPhone is one of the easiest ways to fix any software issues that could be causing your iPhone camera to lose focus. To restart your iPhone, follow these simple steps;

For iPhone X/8: Press and hold the Side (power) button and either one of the volume buttons until the iPhone restarts and you see the Apple Logo on the screen.

For iPhone 7 and earlier: Press and hold the sleep/Wake button until you see the slider appear on the screen. Drag the slide to turn off the device and then press the sleep/wake button again until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

remove iphone case

9. Update iPhone Software

An update can also be the perfect solution for this problem. This is especially true when the iPhone camera began losing focus as soon as you updated it. You may want to check of Apple has released a new update and then install it. Follow these simple steps to do that;

  • Step 1: Open the settings app on your device and then tap on "General."
  • Step 2: Tap on "Software Update"
  • Step 3: If an update is available, tap "Download and Install" and wait for the process to complete.
download software

10. Reset All Settings (Data Loss)

If a software update doesn't work or if it is not available, you can try resetting all settings on the device. This is the easiest way to delete and eliminate a setting that could be interfering with your iPhone's focus. Here's how to do it;

  • Step 1: Go to Settings > General
  • Step 2: Select "Reset" and then tap on "Reset All Settings."
  • Step 3: Enter your passcode when prompted.
erase iphone

11. Ultimate Solution: How to Fix iPhone Camra Not Focusing without Data Loss

We've seen people complain that their iPhone camera can't focus after iOS 14/13 update or iPhone XR camera and flashlight not working. With the professional iOS system caring tool Tenorshare ReiBoot, you can easily fix any iPhone system glitches and stuck issues without using iTunes restore, no data loss will be caused.

  • Run this software on a computer, and select "Repair Operating System" on the main interface.

  • Download the latest firmware package to repair system. The iOS version in your device will update to date after system recovery.

    download firmware package
  • With the firwmare package downloaded to computer, please click "Start Repair" and wait for the process to complete.

    repairing ios system

After system repair, open Camera app and take a photos and the camera not focusing or blurry problem should be fixed now.


It can be difficult to enjoy photography when the iPhone camera won't focus after update. We hope the above solutions have helped you eliminate the problem. Tenorshare ReiBoot is recommended if none of the other methods help. Share your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below.

  Updated on 2020-11-27 / Update for  iPhone Fix

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