How to Fix iPhone Camera Blinking Issue? [Troubleshooting and Fix]

The camera of the iPhone 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, and 14 can start to blink due to glitches, outdated software, and dirty lenses. Fortunately, by taking a few easy steps, you can quickly and easily resolve these problems.

However, fixing these issues requires you to troubleshoot the reasons first. Sometimes, a simple restart or software upgrade on your iPhone can fix the issue.

Anyway, things can be frustrating if your iPhone camera starts blinking. No worries, today we will explore some possible reasons why your iPhone camera is blinking and how to fix it. So, grab your iPhone, and let’s dive in.

What Are The Reasons for Your iPhone Camera Blinking?

iPhone cameras always produce the best pictures, and their camera is one of their key selling points. However, due to many reasons, the iPhone camera can start blinking, which can be quite problematic for any phone user. To fix these issues, it is important to know about the reasons first.

  • Software Glitch
  • iOS firmware issue
  • Dirty camera lens
  • Damaged camera
  • Low Battery
  • Issues with camera settings

How To Fix Camera Blinking on iPhone?

The camera blinking issue is common for all iPhone models, and even the latest models face this issue. Luckily, fixing a camera blinking issue on an iPhone is not that difficult to solve, and you can do it yourself.

Restart your iPhone

Restart your iPhone

Sometimes, restarting your iPhone is more than enough to clear all temporary bugs and software glitches. So, restarting your phone is the first fix you need to try to fix the camera blinking issue.

To turn off your iPhone, press and hold the Power button until the “Slide to power off” notification appears on the screen. Then, swipe the slider to power off your device.

After turning off your iPhone, wait for a few minutes and turn it back on. To turn on your iPhone again, keep holding the power button until the Apple logo shows up on the screen.

Force Close the camera app

Force Close the camera app

If your iPhone camera is blinking, it could be due to an outdated or glitchy camera app. If the camera app is experiencing a software glitch, force-closing the app can help resolve the issue.

To access the list of recent applications:

  • Swipe upwards from the bottom of your screen and keep your finger pressed until the app switcher appears.
  • From there, swipe right or left to find the camera app.
  • Once you have found the camera up, slide the app towards the top, and it will force close the app.

After forcing the app to close, wait a few minutes, re-open the app, and check if the problem has been solved or not.

Wait for Newer Updates

There can be two issues with iOS updates; Sometimes, older iOS versions contain bugs that can cause camera blinking issues on your iPhone.  According to users, the blinking camera issue was horrible and frequent on iOS 12. However, when it was upgraded to iOS 13, the issue was solved.

Wait for newer updates

Also, when newer updates come, they can contain bugs that can cause camera issues on your iPhone. So, you should wait for a stable update and not rush to update your device.

Moreover, if you have been using the old iOS version for a very long time, you should check for updates and update the firmware, and this can resolve the blinking problem.

Choose “Settings,” “General,” and “Software Update” from the menu. Download and install an update according to the on-screen steps if an update is available.

software Update

Clean the Camera lens

According to users, one of the key reasons for blinking, blurry, or foggy iPhone cameras is a dirty lens. Blinking occurs when a camera struggles to focus correctly due to a dirty or blocked lens. Try cleaning the camera lens with a microfiber cloth or a lens-cleaning solution to fix this issue.

Also, sometimes, phone covers can block the lens, which can cause the camera to blink. So, make sure to remove any cases or covers from your phone that might be blocking the camera lens.

Since lens protectors can reflect light and interfere with the iPhone’s ability to focus, it is best to avoid using them on the camera lens,since it can lead to the camera blinking issue.

Replace the Camera Module

If your iPhone camera is still blinking after trying the above solutions, it’s possible that the issue is due to a hardware problem or damage to the camera.

In case you have dropped your iPhone from a height or somehow the camera lens got a serious physical impact, then the camera can get damaged. In addition, water or high temperature exposure can also damage your camera module.

So, when the camera module gets damaged, you may need to show your iPhone to a technician. For the best results, try visiting an Apple support center, where they can take a look at your iPhone and make the necessary fix.

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Charge Your Battery Fully

Even though battery issues are rare for causing the iPhone camera to blink, a bad battery can still be a reason for this. Sometimes, a blinking iPhone camera could be due to a low battery or a problem with the power supply. Try charging your phone to see if that resolves the issue.

If not, you may need to replace the battery or visit an authorized repair center to fix any power supply issues.

Change Camera Settings

If you are using the latest models of iPhones (13 and 14), then sometimes a few camera settings can cause camera blinking issues. Keep reading to learn more.

  • Macro Mode

The camera lenses in more recent iPhone models can transform automatically into macro lenses. This occurs as you draw near to a subject, and as a result of this sudden transition, the camera can blink.

Macro Mode

Macro Control

So, you should try to turn off the macro mode. To turn it off, enter settings and select Camera. Inside it, as you scroll down, you can see “Macro Control”; slide the slider to turn it off and check whether the blinking camera issue is solved.

  • High Exposure

High exposure is another factor that could contribute to the camera viewfinder blinking when capturing pictures. Bright illumination might make determining the proper balance difficult for the camera’s exposure metering mechanism.

High Exposure

To fix this issue, play a bit with the exposure settings on your iPhone. Click the top-right yellow/white arrow after launching the camera app.

In your viewfinder, a number of options will show up. To access exposure adjustments, tap the + and – shaped circles. Now adjust the plus and minus buttons until you get the ideal exposure settings, and the problem with the camera blinking should be resolved.

Tips To Prevent Camera Blinking on iPhone

If you are facing a blinking camera issue on your iPhone, then follow these tips below to prevent it from happening.

Clean your camera lens

The camera’s performance might be affected, and blinking is brought on by a dirty or smeared lens. Thus, always clean your lens with a soft microfiber cloth before taking images. Avoid wiping the lens with a scratchy cloth since this might cause scratches.

Adjust exposure

If the camera is struggling to find the correct exposure, it may cause blinking in the viewfinder. Try adjusting the exposure manually or using the AE/AF lock feature to lock in the exposure.

Avoid Using flash

The flash may result in blinking and flashing in the viewfinder during poor lighting conditions. Rather, try to use ambient or natural lighting.

Turn off HDR

HDR mode can cause the camera to take multiple shots at different exposures and then merge them together, which can cause blinking and flashing. Turn off the HDR mode and try taking the photo again.

Frequently Asked Question

You can have a hard time clicking pictures on your iPhone when the camera keeps blinking. So, if you are still confused about what causes this, keep on reading our FAQs below may clear your confusions.

Will Restoring My iPhone Fix the Camera Blinking Issue?

If a software bug is to blame for the camera blinking problem, you may be able to resolve it by returning your iPhone to its factory settings. Choose Settings, then General, select Reset, then select “Reset All Settings” to reset the iPhone. However, backing up your data before performing a restore is recommended.

Can a Low Battery Cause the Blinking Issue with My iPhone Camera?

Yes, a low battery level can cause a blinking issue with your iPhone camera, especially if the battery is below 20%. Try charging your iPhone and see if the issue is resolved. Additionally, if the battery health percentage is below 80%, you should consider replacing it.

Is It Safe to Use Third-Party Camera Apps on My iPhone?

On iPhones, third-party apps are secure. Apps are safety-scanned as part of the permitting process by Apple. Also, after being accepted into the Apple App Store, apps are monitored for unusual activity and may be deactivated or removed as needed. Make sure you always download applications from the App Store.

When Should I Visit Apple Support with An iPhone Blinking Issue?

After trying all the basic fixes, if you are still unable to solve the blinking issue with your iPhone camera, then you should visit Apple Support. They will look into your device, troubleshoot the main issue, and fix it accordingly.


The camera blinking issue is a very common issue in almost all iPhones, even the latest ones. However, it is still manageable by following a few simple steps, as we have discussed in this guide.

Whatever you do, always make sure to update your iPhone when new firmware comes up. Also, always clean the camera lens with a microfibre cloth and avoid using any cases obstructing the camera lens.

It is advised to take your iPhone to a qualified technician or an Apple Store for additional evaluation and repair if none of these fixes resolve the issue.

Suhel Rana

Hi! This is Shuhel and I've been working as an iPhone technician for over 10 years. At Techiaid, I write content on a vast range of topics on iPhone software and hardware issues. iPhone issues are nothing to be trifled with. So, you'll definitely need to consult someone who knows the ins and outs of different iPhone models.

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