Camera Freezing on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: How to Fix the Issue

Is Camera app completely unresponsive or frozen? Try out these spick-and-span tricks to fix camera freezing on your iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

The other day I noticed the Camera app freezing on my iPhone 7 Plus. It happened so while I was capturing some of the most fascinating scenes using the Portrait Mode. Though it happened for the first time on the phablet, the problem didn’t bother me much as I was able to get the better of it thanks to some neat tricks.

If Camera app is not working properly or seem to get completely frozen on your iPhone 7 or its bigger sibling, the following solutions can let you fix the problem. You might have to try more than one trick to resolve the problem. Let me walk along with you!

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Tips to Fix Camera Freezing Issue on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Solution #1: Reboot Your iPhone

Many a time, rebooting helps in quickly fixing some minor problems like app crashing or freezing. Hence, it’s apt to try out this simple trick.

Step #1. Force quit all the apps including Camera. Double press the Home button. Then, swipe up on the app card to quit all the apps running in the background.

Step #2. Hold on the volume down button and power on/off button at once for about ten sends until Apple logo appears on the screen.

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Reboot iPhone 7-7 Plus

Step #3. Once your device restarts, launch the Camera app. It should work as usual now.

Solution #2: Turn off Location Services and Background App Refresh

Use Location Services only when required. The constant location tracking significantly drains the battery and even causes the device to overheat. Also, disable Background App Refresh to prevent applications from running in the background. Check out the pending updates for Apps. It’s better to update all the apps to the latest version.

  • Settings → Privacy → Location Services.

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  • Settings → General → Background App Refresh.

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  • App Store → Updates → Update All.

Once you have turned off location tracking, background app refresh and updated all the apps, restart your device. Now, open the Camera app and start shooting videos or snapping pics. It should function properly.

Solution #3: Update iOS of your iPhone

If there is an update available for your iPhone, make sure to update it to the latest version. (Settings → General → Software). At times, software update fixes a number of intriguing bugs. Hence, give this a trick a try as well.

What if nothing works?

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If all the above tricks fail to troubleshoot the camera freezing on your iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and the problem continues to haunt your device, contact Apple for help.

The Bottom Line

Camera freezing is not a major issue, which can easily be fixed by rebooting the device. In some cases, you may have to try software update and other solutions to get rid of the problems.

If you are using the iOS beta (developer or public) on your iPhone, you should be prepared to face certain bugs like apps crashing or freezing.

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You may also want to read these posts such as, how to improve battery life on iOS 10, how to reduce cellular usage, tips to fix Bluetooth not working issue in iOS 10.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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