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How to fix iPhone SE camera settings that reset after closing the Camera app? [Troubleshooting Guide]

You don’t like to use the default camera settings on your iPhone SE simply because they don’t render your desired outputs for your videos or photos. And so you’ve decided to re-configure and personalize options. However when you’re done making all necessary changes according to your preferences, the default settings are still retained after you quit and restart the camera app. In short, all your customized settings aren’t applied. You gave it another shot, made all necessary changes but only to end up having the same old camera settings in use. Indeed it’s a bummer, certainly annoying, and therefore needs to be resolved immediately. Let’s find out how.

In this post, we’ll try to address the same problem on the iPhone SE camera that automatically resets the settings after closing the app. Read on and find out how to deal with this issue.

Now, before we proceed with our troubleshooting, if you have other concerns with your new iPhone SE, drop by our troubleshooting page for we have already published some guides and tutorials. You may also contact us by completing our iPhone issues questionnaire. This is a free consultation servicer we offer and all we need is information about the problem. So please give us that so that we can help you better. 

Potential solutions and workarounds

The following procedures are deemed generic solutions to software-related problems with the iPhone SE camera just like in your case were the camera app refuses to apply the new changes you’ve made. The problem you’re dealing with is most likely a software issue since it’s associated with the camera app settings on your iPhone. Now, you may be able to the fx problem immediately if you do know what exactly has inflicted it in the first place. Like for instance, did it begin after adding new media apps on your device or after installing an update? If you are able to determine the underlying cause, then you can possibly solve the problem by immediately working on the main culprit. But if it isn’t the case, then you’ll need to go through a trial-and-error procedure.

In case you need some more inputs, I have outlined some helpful workarounds for you to try on. These however are just generic solutions therefore these methods may or may not work in your case. Some users however were lucky enough to find remedies from any of these methods so it’s still worth a shot. You may start whenever you’re all set.

Force close and restart the Camera app.

Among the first recommendations when dealing with random app problems is quitting the erratic app and then restart. Doing so can help fix any minor glitches and at the same time refresh the app.

To do so, press the Home button twice then swipe up the camera app preview to close it. If you see several apps running in the background, you can also try closing them all to rule out the possibility that any of these apps is causing conflict.

After quitting the camera and/or background apps, relaunch the camera app then try to make some changes to any of the camera options. If the problem persists, proceed to the next workaround.

Restart/force restart your iPhone SE.

A lot of software issues, particularly minor glitches are addressed by a soft reset or restart on the device. In fact, it’s regarded as the simplest yet most effective solution to various types of software issues in mobile devices, not just your iPhone. Aside from the fact that it’s effective, a soft reset or restart won’t affect any data stored on your phone’s internal storage. Thus you don’t have to worry about losing any critical information from your phone.

To perform a soft reset or restart on your iPhone SE, just press the Power button for a few seconds until the Slide to Power off screen appears. Drag the slider to power off you device completely. Wait for about 30 seconds, and then press and hold the Power button until the Apple logo appears.

If the problem persists after the first restart, give it another try (utmost 3 times) then see if that’s good enough to rectify the glitch.

Meanwhile, if your iPhone is unresponsive as the camera app gets stuck, a forced restart would be necessary. Similar to a soft reset, a forced restart will not affect any of your data for as it’s properly done. That said, it’s likewise safe.

To force your iPhone SE to restart, all you have to do is press and hold the Power button for about 10 to 20 seconds and then release the button when you see the Apple logo.

Allow your phone to boot up completely then open the Camera app and make any changes to the current settings. See if your new changes are now applied.

Turn off Restrictions for Camera app.

In computers, the problem on not being able to save changes to the current settings has something to do with the system permissions. This can happen if your device is configured not to allow permission to unauthorized accounts or users to make changes to certain settings or applications. On your iPhone, this can be the restrictions feature. It’s possible that your device is configured to restrict the camera application.

To rule this out from the possible triggers, go to Settings-> General-> Restrictions menu. You may opt to turn off Restrictions completely or turn Restrictions on but make sure that the Camera app is allowed.

Preserve Settings for Camera Mode and Photo Filter.

The iOS 11 has brought another camera option to your iPhone where you can set it to preserve the camera settings. Enabling this feature might be able to help retain your preferred settings/options instead of reverting to camera defaults every time you close and open the camera app.

To preserve camera settings on your iPhone SE, go to Settings-> Camera-> Preserve Settings menu. Then toggle on the settings you want to make or use as standard.

Among your options are Camera Mode (to preserve the last mode), Video or Square, instead of automatically resetting to Photo. There is also a Filter option, which you can turn on to automatically apply the last filter you used. And to preserve the Live Photo setting, you can enable Live Photo option to let the app remember if you’ve turned Live Photo off and doesn’t turn it back on automatically.

Reset All Settings.

You may consider the option to reset all settings if the problem continues after trying all prior methods. Should the problem is attributed to some misconfigured or incorrect settings on your iPhone, this reset should be able to address it. All your customized settings are restored to default values but your personal data is not affected.

To reset all settings on your iPhone SE, go to Settings-> General-> Reset-> Reset All Settings. Be sure to select the option to Reset All Settings to avoid losing personal information. If prompted, enter your device passcode. Then tap Reset All Settings to confirm.

Wait until the reset and reboot processes are complete then try to see you are now able to make changes to your camera app settings.

Update iOS to the latest version (if available)

Check for any available software update for your device and if there is, try go for an upgrade. It may be a software bug that’s preventing you from making changes to the camera settings. New software updates also contain bug fixes and that is likely what’s needed to fix the problem.

To check for available software update on your iPhone SE, go to Settings-> General-> Software Update. You will see a notification if an update is available.

And if there is an update, back up your iPhone data and then proceed with the update download and installation.

Last options

  • Factory reset/master reset. A factory reset will likely fix the problem if it’s tied to a more complex software glitch affecting the camera app or the iPhone system in general. The only downside of this method is the on data loss as all your iPhone data including personal information and customized settings are erased in the process. Bugs and software errors are likewise deleted. As a result, your iPhone will have a clean fresh start.
  • Perform a DFU Mode restore. DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode restore is the most in-depth type of iOS restore you can try especially if none of the prior methods is able to fix the problem. Being able to withstand the previous procedures including a factory reset denotes that the underlying cause is even more complicated. This means a tougher solution is necessary. As your very last resort in fixing intricate software issues like this on an iPhone is a DFU mode restore.

If you need further assistance on how a factory reset or DFU mode restore is done on your iPhone SE, we’ve outlined a step-by-step walkthrough on the process available on our dedicated iPhone Tutorials section. Feel free to visit the page whenever needed.

Seek more help

Contact Apple Support if none of the given workarounds is able to resolve to problem and that you still couldn’t get to make or save changes to your iPhone SE camera app settings. Try to see what other recommendations they can offer, given that you’ve already exhausted every possible means but to no avail.

Connect with us

Visit our troubleshooting page to view more solutions to other iPhone problems we have addressed in our prior posts. If you wish to reach our iOS support team for further assistance, then you may do so by filling up this form with all the required information. Be sure to provide us with the significant details of the issue that you need help with so we would be able to give you the best possible solutions and recommendations to try on.

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