Apple iPhone SE 3 2022 Camera App Not Working [Quick Fixes]

This post highlights simple solutions to common iOS camera app issues on the recently rolled out 3rd generation special edition iPhone. Here’s how to deal with the iPhone SE 3 2022 camera app that’s not working as intended.

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Having trouble using the camera app on your new iPhone SE? It could be due to some random iOS glitch that’s ruining the camera system. Read on to find out what to do in order to clear out these random system problems.

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One of the first key features and specs that smartphone buyers would look into before procuring a new device is the camera. 

The recently rolled out special edition iPhone 2020 (iPhone SE 3) main camera supports all popular resolutions and frame rates and can do 4K video recordings at 60fps and 1080p at 240fps. Overall, it renders decent, satisfactory camera outputs for photos and videos.

But just like other iPhones’ fate, the iPhone SE 3 camera app also has its own share of snags including random crashes, black screen, dysfunctional flash, blurry, and out of focus photos among others.

Most of the transpiring camera symptoms are software-related and therefore rectifiable by end-users.

Outlined below are potential solutions to common problems with the iOS camera application on the new iPhone SE 3 2022 device.

Feel free to try these methods if ever you couldn’t get to use your iPhone camera due to some atypical system behavior.

Troubleshooting iPhone SE 3 2022 Camera app not working

The following solutions will help rule out common software-related factors that can make an iOS app go rogue and stop working properly. Any of these procedures will likely be able to get the iPhone SE 3 camera app back up and running smoothly again unless hardware damage is present.

Don’t forget to test the camera after performing each solution to determine whether or not the problem is gone. Proceed to the next applicable solution if needed.

Before you begin, make sure that your iPhone is sufficiently charged. At least 50 percent battery life will do for you to complete this troubleshooting approach.

Solution #1: Force close/terminate camera and other running apps.

If the camera was working perfectly fine and suddenly it doesn’t, there’s a good chance that a random in-app glitch is transpiring and eventually that has ruined the camera app’s normal operations. In this case, ending and restarting the camera app will likely fix the problem.

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So the first thing you should do is to terminate the camera app and any other apps that are left open and running in the background. Background apps that have stopped working may likewise cause problems to other apps in use.

To terminate all recently used apps that are left running in the background, just follow these steps:

  • Go to the Home screen and then quickly press the Home button at the bottom twice.
  • To continue, swipe the screen left or right to view the list of apps.
  • To force close or terminate an app, just touch and hold the app and then swipe it up and off the screen.

Alternatively, you can use your iPhone’s Face ID feature to force close recently used apps.

  • To do this, go to the Home screen and then swipe up from the bottom of the display and pause near the middle of the screen until all app cards show up.
  • To close all apps, just swipe up on the desired app(s).

After clearing out all background apps, relaunch the camera app and see if it’s already working properly this time.

Solution #2: Reboot the iPhone (soft reset/forced restart).

If ending background apps and restarting the camera app doesn’t solve the problem, the next suggestion is to reboot the iPhone. 

A simple reboot on an iPhone can help clear our errant cache files and corrupted residual data that might have triggered relevant system issues.

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There are two ways to reboot an iPhone. The first is a soft reset or normal reboot and the second is a forced restart.

If your iPhone SE 3 is still responsive, you can carry out the soft reset or normal system reboot with these steps:

  • Press and hold the Side button on the top-right edge and then release when the Power off slider appears.
  • Drag the Power Off slider to the right. Doing so powers off the device.
  • After a few seconds, press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.

Meanwhile, if the Camera app seems to get stuck or the iPhone itself is unresponsive as the camera glitches, performing a forced restart would be necessary.

And here’s how it’s done on the new iPhone SE 3:

  • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button then press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  • Finally, press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo shows up on the screen.

Give your iPhone enough time to complete the boot sequence and once it’s back up and running stable, retry launching the camera app and see if the problem is gone.

Solution #3: Install pending software updates.

Aside from new and improved features, software updates also embed critical patches that are mainly designed to get rid of any transpiring system bug. These patches may possibly fix the camera problem if it’s tied to some random bugs and/or system instability.

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If automatic updating is disabled on your iPhone, then you can manually download and install any available OTA updates instead.

  • To manually check for new updates on the iPhone SE 3, just head over to Settings-> General Software Update menu. Wait for your iPhone to check for new updates.
  • If available, tap Download and Install then follow the rest of the onscreen instructions.

Do not do anything on your device that may interrupt the updating process. As soon as it finishes the update, reboot the system to implement recent software changes and to refresh all iOS apps and system services.

Solution #4: Reset all settings.

Resorting to iOS resets is often deemed among the last options when dealing with persistent system issues with recurring symptoms.

If the camera app started glitching after customizing some settings on the iPhone system, chances are that some of the recent settings changes have caused some conflicts and thereby makes the camera app somehow erratic. To fix these errors, resetting all settings on the iPhone can help. 

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There are different types of reset options available on the iPhone but the most applicable option is the reset all settings.

As the name suggests, this reset deletes all personalized system settings and then restores the default values and options. That said, all recently enabled or disabled features will be reverted back to their factory default configuration. 

But unlike a factory reset, resetting all settings does not affect any user data and therefore does not delete any saved data and downloaded contents from the iPhone storage.

To reset all settings on the iPhone SE 3, just follow these steps:

  • Head over to Settings-> General menu.
  • Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone
  • On the next screen, tap Reset to continue.
  • Select Reset All Settings.
  • Read the reset details then tap Reset settings.
  • On the final warning prompt, tap Reset settings to confirm.

Wait for the phone to finish resetting and then reboot on its own. As soon as it’s done rebooting, you can start re-enabling necessary features including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other features that are disabled by default so you can use them again on your iPhone.

Solution #5: Restore factory defaults (iOS factory reset).

A drastic solution to complex iOS issues that might have totally ruined the iOS camera application is a factory reset. This reset will delete everything from the iPhone system including malicious files and other software bugs embedded in any of your downloaded contents. 

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All custom settings, saved contacts and other added information are also deleted in the process and thus, creating backups is highly recommended beforehand.

Should you wish to proceed, back up your data to iCloud or iTunes then do a factory reset through settings with these steps:

  • Open the Settings app then go to General-> Transfer and Reset iPhone menu. Select Erase all Content and Settings from the given options then tap Continue on the succeeding window.
  • If prompted, enter your device PIN/passcode and/or Apple ID Password then tap Turn off.
  • Follow the reset of the onscreen prompts to wipe your iPhone and put everything back to factory defaults.

Should you wish to troubleshoot further, your next options would be to perform an iOS restore in iTunes via recovery or DFU mode. These procedures are often needed if the problem started from an iOS update and persisted after applying all the above tweaks.

Just like a factory reset, restoring an iPhone in recovery or DFU mode will wipe everything from the system. That said, be sure to back up all critical files and important apps from your device so you’d still be able to retrieve and use them afterwards.

Is your iPhone SE 3 camera still not working?

Most, if not all software-related camera issues are addressed by basic solutions including the ones earlier depicted. 

If the camera app is still problematic or not working after performing all the above solutions, then there’s a higher chance that hardware damage is present. Maybe some components of the iPhone camera like the iPhone camera flash or the camera itself could be broken.

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To clear this out, take your iPhone to the nearest authorized Apple service center and have it scrutinized by a technician. This is highly recommended especially if there were prior incidents of accidental dropping or liquid exposure that might have inflicted some sort of physical or liquid damage to your iPhone.

You may also opt to escalate the problem to Apple Support should this have instigated from an iOS device. Post-update issues with the iPhone SE camera app may likewise be attributed to some unforeseen software bugs that need software patch.

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