My iPhone Camera Is Blurry! Here’s Why & The Real Fix.

Your iPhone camera app is blurry and you’re not sure why. You open up the Camera app to take a picture, but nothing looks clear. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your iPhone camera is blurry!

Wipe Off Camera Lens

The first thing to do when your iPhone camera is blurry is to simply wipe off the lens. Most of the time, there’s a smudge on the lens and that’s causing the problem.

Grab a microfiber cloth and wipe off your iPhone camera lens. Don’t try wiping off the lens with your fingers, as that could just make things worse!

If you don’t already own a microfiber cloth, we highly recommend this six-pack sold by Progo on Amazon. You’ll get six excellent microfibers cloths for less than $5. One for the whole family!

Take Off Your iPhone Case

iPhone cases can sometimes obstruct the camera lens, making your photos appear dark and blurry. Take off your iPhone case, then try taking a picture again. While you’re at it, double-check to make sure your case isn’t on upside down!

Close And Reopen Camera App

If your iPhone camera is still blurry, it’s time to discuss the possibility of a software issue. The Camera app is just like any other app — it’s susceptible to software crashes. If the app crashes, the camera could appear blurry or completely black.

Closing and reopening the Camera app is sometimes enough to fix the problem. First, open the app switcher on your iPhone by double-clicking the Home button (iPhone 8 and earlier) or swiping up from the bottom to the center of the screen (iPhone X).

camera in app switcher

Finally, swipe the Camera app off the top of the screen to close out of it. You’ll know the Camera app is closed when it no longer appears in the app switcher. Try opening the Camera app back up to see if the blurriness problem has been fixed!

Restart Your iPhone

If closing the app didn’t fix the problem, try restarting your iPhone. It’s possible your iPhone camera is blurry because a different app has crashed, or because your iPhone is experiencing some sort of minor software glitch.

If you have an iPhone 8 or older model iPhone, press and hold the power button until “slide to power off” appears on the display. If you have an iPhone X, press and hold the side button and either volume button until “slide to power off” appears.

slide to power off power icon on iphone

Put Your iPhone In DFU Mode

If restarting your iPhone didn’t work, our next step is to put your iPhone in DFU mode. If a software problem is making your iPhone camera blurry, a DFU restore will fix it. The “F” in DFU restore stands for firmware, the programming on your iPhone that controls its hardware — like the camera.

Before entering DFU mode, make sure to save a backup of the information on your iPhone. When you’re ready, check out our other article to learn how to put your iPhone in DFU mode and restore!

Get The Camera Repaired

If your iPhone camera is still blurry after a DFU Restore, you’ll probably have to get the camera repaired. Something may be stuck inside the lens, such as dirt, water, or other debris.

Schedule an appointment at your local Apple Store and have a Genius take a look it. If your iPhone isn’t covered by AppleCare+, or if you’d like to try and save some money, we recommend Puls. Puls is an on-demand rear company that sends a vetted technician directly to you who will fix your iPhone on-the-spot!

Upgrade Your iPhone

Older iPhones aren’t built to handle a lot of camera zoom. Every iPhone prior to the iPhone 7 relies on digital zoom rather than optical zoom. Digital zoom uses software to enhance the picture and can be blurry, while optical zoom uses your camera’s hardware and is much clearer.

As the technology has advanced, newer iPhones have become much better at taking photos using optical zoom. Check out the cell phone comparison tool on UpPhone to find iPhones with excellent optical zoom. The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max both support 4x optical zoom!

I Can See Clearly Now!

Your iPhone camera is fixed and you can continue taking amazing photographs! I hope you’ll share this article on social media with someone you know who would like to learn what to do when their iPhone camera is blurry. If you have any other questions you’d like to ask, leave a comment down below!

Thanks for reading,
David L.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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2 years ago

Everybody does not purchase an expensive DSLR <a href=””>blur</a> camera to capture/snap the auto blur image. But don’t worry we solve this problem freely.

3 years ago

What i did to solve mine was after cleaning my camera n screen , i expose it to sun

1 year ago
Reply to  Ernesto

My camera protection screen was also my villain. I took is off and now it is like new

3 years ago

I had a bit of a crash on a bicycle during which my phone received a substantial jolt. The camera was blurry and I thought that it would have to be new phone time. But I first tried following your suggestions – and YaY the problem is solved. Thanks you so much.

3 years ago

Just got a new iPhone x and my camera is blurry unless u put on portrait mode or zoom 2x

Jun Abdullah
3 years ago
Reply to  Usman

I got same issue. Have yours one solve? Can you tell how to solve

2 years ago
Reply to  Jun Abdullah

Me too omg!

2 years ago
Reply to  Usman

same issue :<

1 year ago
Reply to  alaina

same issue, when i wipe camera & remove case, okay , but returnng back again blur

1 year ago
Reply to  Usman

Please how did you fix it

1 year ago
Reply to  Sandra

My pic’s and selfies are terribly blurry with my new iPhone 14 Pro Max! So very upsetting even after their so-called latest update I just did today, Oct. 20th. I’m so upset with this issue. Now I miss my 13 Pro Max for the better quality of photo’s omg

1 year ago
Reply to  Sarah

GOOD news update here Nov. 1st… so happyyy I figured out what in the world was causing the blurriness on the selfies… I had the wrong screen protector! I got the liquid glass protector instead because that will be the thinnest to protect (plus I have Apple Care) but still… so happy I figured that out… make sure your screen protectors are not too thick for that top black spot where the camera comes from (I think it is) hope this helps

3 years ago

Hey I need help my iPhone does blurry pictures

Adil Ashraf
5 years ago

This is my problem of iphone7
It seen clearly by using another app bt in iphone camera app the photo in the backcamera should be blurred

blurry image
2 years ago
Reply to  Adil Ashraf

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