What do you do when your camera immediately stops after you’ve fired it up? You could cry, but it’s much more productive when you search among the solutions below to find a fix for your Android smartphone’s camera.

Quick Fixes

1. Restart your Camera App

The most obvious with a fairly high chance of working. When your Camera app has been idling for quite the length of time, the Camera app is bound to have a hiccup or two. And, without realizing it, you tried to fire up the Camera app a second time before checking it was already idling.

What ends up happening in this situation is if the Camera app was already having problems, like a bad process, and you didn’t notice of it while it was idle, then it’s going to crash your second attempt at opening it. This is because the first session hasn’t been addressed. You’ll need to shut it down.

Every phone comes with a specific function to see the list of currently idle apps running in the background.

1. Locate the function that presents the currently running apps.

2. Depending on your phone, swipe to the left, to the right, upwards or downwards to shut the Camera app down. While you’re at it, shut the other apps down as well.

3. Restart your Camera App.

2. Force Stopping your Camera App

Restarting the Camera app may not be enough. It’s possible for processes to continue lingering until otherwise. You’ll need to “force stop” the Camera app in order to silence their little game. This solution does exactly what it states: forces all processes associated with the app to cease their goal. Here’s what you do to get started:

1. Open the Settings app. It’s the GEAR icon.

2. Keep scrolling until you locate Apps. Select it.

3. Again, scroll until you locate Camera. Tap it.

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4. Finally, select Force Stop.

3. Update your Phone App

A solution, oftentimes, overlooked and discarded for a more elaborate explanation. Not every fix needs a robust guide to fix it. Sometimes simple solutions are needed to fix annoying issues. Updating your phone is one such solution.

Not every app is moving in lockstep with its other application incarnations. One app updates and another two end up out of date and cease to function properly. Your Camera app could be experiencing a symptom of being out of date. Update your Camera app by doing this:

1. Locate and open the Google Play Store app.

2. Open the Menu. It’s the three horizontal lines located in the top-left corner of the screen, next to the Search Google Play function.

3. Select My Apps & Games.

4. At the top, select the UPDATES tab.

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5. If your Camera app needed an update and it doesn’t update automatically, it will list itself under “Updates Pending.” Select UPDATE to start the process.

4. Soft Reboot your Device

Even tiny, but powerful, smartphones need a breather now and then. Running nonstop can cause a few problems, especially if a lot of work is being done with the smartphone. It would be a good idea to restart your smartphone.

1. Hold the Power button. It will prompt a menu.

2. Select Restart. It will shutdown and reboot automatically.

5. Hard Reboot your Device

What makes hard rebooting so different from soft rebooting? Your smartphone keeps data stored inside its RAM. When it needs to quickly access it, it pulls from the RAM for an app to work much faster than it initially did on its first time. It’s like learning a quick route to your favorite pizza place and always using that route.

Hard rebooting is deciding to forget that quick route and starting over. Soft reboot usually doesn’t touch the data stored in the RAM. It’s largely ignored. And that means any corrupted data is still hanging out and ready to mess the Camera app up again. Hard rebooting purges the RAMs stored data, thereby, purging the problem. It may have been something as minor as a simple mistake in the binary code.

1. Hold the Power button. It will prompt a menu.

2. Select Power Off or Shutdown, depending on your phone.

Hard Fixes

1. Clear your Cache and Data for your Camera App

Cache and Data is a great way to speed up an app, especially if it gets used often. Specific data can be stored pertaining to that app and used during startup or while you’re toying with it. However, because of the nature of data, it’s corruptible. When it’s corruptible, it needs to be purged and the cache data can get another shot at doing it right.

This is two-pronged solution. Before attempting to restart the Camera app, refer to the section “Clear the Cache and Data for your Gallery App” after you’ve completed the steps for this current solution.

1. Open the Settings app. It’s the GEAR icon.

2. Keep scrolling until you locate Apps. Select it.

3. Again, scroll until you find the Camera app. Tap it.

4. Tap Force Stop. Afterwards, select Storage.

5. Select Clear Cache. Confirm by tapping OK.

6. Tap Clear Data. Confirm by selecting OK.

2. Clear the Cache and Data for your Gallery App

Now that your Camera app’s been cleared, clear the cache data from the Galley app. Backup your pictures if you don’t want them deleted.

1. Open the Settings app. It’s the GEAR icon.

2. Keep scrolling until you locate Apps. Select it.

3. Again, scroll until you find the Gallery app. Tap it.

4. Tap Force Stop. Afterwards, select Storage.

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5. Select Clear Cache. Confirm by tapping OK.

6. Tap Clear Data. Confirm by selecting OK.

3. Clear the Cache and Data from your Phone

Considering it could be corrupted data lurking that’s affecting the Camera app indirectly, you may need to clear the cache and data from your entire phone. And here’s how you do that:

1. Open the Settings app. It’s the GEAR icon.

2. Keep scrolling until you locate Storage. Tap it.

3. Select your phone’s storage.

4. Tap Cached Data. Confirm the decision by select OK.

4. Reboot Phone into Safe Mode

This solution should be your second-to-last resort. Rebooting your phone into Safe Mode doesn’t help, it’s the nature of Safe Mode that helps. You see, in Safe Mode, your phone only runs the absolute essential apps for your phone to function normally.

How does that help? Well, any apps that could be interfering with your Camera app could be disabled. If they aren’t essential, usually third-party apps, then it won’t be able to mess with your camera. Trying using your camera. If it works, then it provides solid evidence it was an app causing the interference.

What you do with this information is solely up to you. You can painstakingly remove each app until you find the culprit, but that is very time consuming and tedious. It’s a small price to pay to gain access to your phone’s camera again. After all, it’s one of the many reasons people buy smartphones.

1. Hold the Power button and shut your phone down, all the way down. Do not restart it.

2. After it’s completely shut down, press and hold together the Volume Up button, the Volume Down button and the Power button. You’ll know if you booted into safe mode if it says “Safe Mode.”

Experiment with different apps out of the equation. If you’ve recently installed any third-party apps, those should be your first targets.

It’s understandable to be frustrated when your camera doesn’t work. It’s a flagship feature every smartphone runs with and every year they get better and better. So, when it doesn’t work like intended, you may feel the urge to blame the company. Don’t. Instead, focus on the solutions or wait for an update.

You can always take it to a specialist, too. It’s possible that none of the solutions above worked for you, which means there might be something wrong with the hardware or perhaps the Camera app has been damaged in some way.