- If your iPhone camera appears black when trying to take a photo, there are a few simple ways to fix it.
- First, make sure your iPhone camera isn't physically blocked by a case, another surface, or even your own fingers.
- You can also switch camera modes, restart the Camera app, update to the latest iOS, or reset your iPhone to fix it.
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You can capture 12-megapixel images, high definition video, slow motion clips, and amazing panoramic images.
But the high-quality hardware built into these phones is worthless if the software that utilizes them isn't working.
If your iPhone has a black screen when you try to take photos, it's almost always a software issue, not a problem with the lenses or sensors.
Here's what you can do to fix it.
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Why your iPhone camera is black, and how to fix it
First, make sure your iPhone lens isn't simply physically blocked, such as by a phone case, a sleeve, a part of a tripod, or your own hand.
Barring that simple fix, here are four more ways to fix an iPhone with a black camera screen:
Switch cameras or close the app and reopen it
Toggling from the forward-facing to the rear-facing camera usually resets the Camera app, bringing the view through the selected lens back into focus.
You can also double-tap the home button, swipe up to close the camera app, and relaunch it seconds later. This will usually get it to work properly.
Restart your iPhone
If restarting the camera app did not fix the black screen issue, restart your iPhone.
Hold the side lock button down until the "Slide to power off" bar appears and then shut down the phone.
Turn off the VoiceOver feature
Many iPhone users experience camera glitches while VoiceOver is enabled, so shut it down and try the Camera app again.
In the "Settings" app go to the "General" tab, then tap "Accessibility." Now open the "VoiceOver" tab and toggle it to off.
Update or reset your phone
If none of those fixes have worked, first go into the Settings app and check for iOS updates at the top of the menu — an updated system may fix the camera glitch.
If none is awaiting you, there are two levels of reset to attempt.
To reset your settings alone, go through the Settings app to "General," then "Reset," then "Reset All Settings" and confirm with your passcode.
To reset your iPhone entirely, start with the same process, but rather than "Reset All Settings," select "Erase All Content and Settings," conform with your code, then hit the ominous button "Erase iPhone."
This reset method will erase all of the content on your phone and is reserved for a last ditch effort. Make sure to backup your iPhone before you do it.