10 Solutions to Fix “Unfortunately Camera has Stopped” Error on Android

Today, most of the smartphones come up with the best quality camera apps. Because every mobile phone user wants to buy a smartphone with the best camera app that can take photos like a DSLR camera. So smartphone manufacturer companies always try to include the best features in the camera app of their products. Though the background is like this, still some users face an error called “Unfortunately Camera has stopped” while using the camera on their Android phone.

This error occurs due to several reasons. Some of them are listed below.

  1. Hardware issues
  2. Software issues
  3. Installing third-party camera apps that are not supported by the phone’s hardware
  4. The Phone’s camera internally get damaged

So it is difficult to figure out the exact reason for this error when it occurs. Here, we are presenting all the possible solutions to fix this error. You can try them one by one until the error gets fixed.

Note: Here, we are using Samsung Phone to explain the steps. Steps may vary according to your phone’s brand and the model.

1 Restart your Android phone

This is the common solution for most of the issues of your Android phone. Follow the below steps one by one to restart the phone.

  1. Unlock the phone if it is locked.
  2. Press and hold the “Power” button and the “Volume down” button at once until a menu appears.
  3. Tap on the “Power off” option from the menu and wait for a few seconds until the phone gets shut down.
  4. Once the phone shut down, switch on it by pressing and holding the “Power” button.
  5. Open the camera app again.

If the error still occurs, then try the next solution.

2 Restart the Camera app

When you leave the camera app in the standby mode for hours after opening it, then there will be a higher chance to occur this error. You can resolve this error by force stopping the camera app.

1. Go to Settings on your phone.

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2. Tap on the Application manager.

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3. Tap on the Camera app from the application list.

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4. Tap on the Force Stop button.

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5. Tap on OK in the popup. This will shut down all camera processes.

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Wait for the 30s. After that open the camera app again. Now, you will not see the error anymore.

3 Clear data and cache of Gallery app

Most of the time, this error occurs when there is a problem in the Gallery app. Because the Gallery app is directly linked with the camera app. So to resolve this error, you have to clear data as well as the cache of the Gallery app. To do that, follow the below steps.

1. Go to Settings on your phone.

2. Tap on the Application manager.

3. Find the Gallery app from the list and tap on it.

Clear data and cache of Gallery app

4. Tap on the Clear Data and Clear Cache buttons.

5. Tap on the Force Stop button.

6. Tap on OK in the popup.

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7. Restart your phone.

Open the camera app. Now your error should be fixed.

4 Uninstall third-party camera apps installed on your phone

Third-party camera apps tend to use your phone’s default camera app or stop the camera app’s functionality. So this can be the reason behind the “Unfortunately camera has stopped working” error. Uninstall these apps and restart your phone. Now check whether the error still occurs or not. If it still occurs, then try the next solution.

5 Clear data and cache of the Camera app

If an Android app shows the error called “App has stopped working”, then the universal solution for that error will be clearing data and cache of that app. This same technique can be used for the Camera app if it also shows the same error. Follow the below steps.

  1. Go to Settings on your phone.
  2. Tap on Application Manager.
  3. Tap on Camera app from the app list
  4. First tap on the Clear Cache button. This will delete all the cache files of the Camera app.
  5. Once the deletion is done, check whether the Camera app works fine. If it does not, then delete app data by tapping on the Clear Data button. Now, the error should be fixed.

Clear data and cache of Camera app

6 Clear system cache

1. Go to Settings on your phone.

2. Tap on Storage.

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3. Tap on Cached Data.

4. Tap on OK. Now the system cache will be deleted.

Clear cached data android

7 Update your phone’s Operating System (OS)

If you have bought your phone recently, then there will be a higher chance of having a system update for your phone. As mentioned earlier, most of the users face this error. So smartphone manufacturer companies implement bug fixing and enhancements for the Camera app in their system update from time to time. So it is better to update your phone to the latest Android version.

Or sometimes this error can occur after updating your phone’s OS. Then try the 5th solution that was mentioned earlier.

8 Use third-party camera apps

If any of the above-mentioned solutions did not work for you, then you can use a third-party camera app on your phone. There are a lot of camera apps on Google Play Store. Before downloading any of them, you can read reviews on them and select the best one.

This solution actually does not fix the error. It gives you an alternative way to use your phone without any errors.

9 Flash Stock ROM

If you face this error after flashing ported or custom ROM on your phone, then you have to install a stock ROM.

Sometimes this error comes when you have flashed an unknown zip file using custom Recovery while already using a stock ROM. In this case, follow the below steps to fix the error.

  1. Go to the download page of your phone’s ROM.
  2. Download ROM
  3. Flash the downloaded ROM by following the given instructions.

10 Reset your Phone

If any of the above solutions did not work for you, then resetting the phone to its default settings will be the final solution to try out. But we do not recommend this solution. So before doing this, try all the above solutions.

It is better to take a backup of your phone before resetting it. If not you will lose your personal data after that follow the below steps to reset your phone.

1. Go to Settings

2. Tap on Backup and reset

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3. Tap on Factory data reset

4. Tap on the Reset Device button.

Factory data reset android

Conclusion – How to fix camera error on Android

You can fix the “Unfortunately Camera Has Stopped” error by using any of the above methods. Most of the time, clearing data and cache of the Camera app will resolve the error. If the error still remains, then the only solution to get rid of it is resetting your phone or using any third-party camera apps. Do not forget to mention any other successful methods that you have tried out to fix this error in the comment section.

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