Does the camera keep blinking on your iPhone? Don’t worry; you are not alone. Recently many users have reported iPhone camera flickering issues. This is frustrating because you can’t capture clear, focused photos or videos. Here, I will share reasons why your iPhone camera is blinking and provide solutions on how to fix it.
- Disable Macro mode
- Lock the camera
- Balance the exposure
- Turn off Live Photos
- Restart iPhone
- Update iOS
- Contact Apple Support
1. Disable Macro mode
The Macro mode on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro models gets enabled automatically when the object is too close. This helps you capture a crisp picture with more details. But sometimes your iPhone struggles to achieve accurate focus and repeatedly changes between its Wide and Ultra Wide lens, causing the camera to flicker.
To fix your iPhone camera blinking, simply turn off the automatic Macro Mode:
- Open the Settings app → tap Camera.
- Toggle off Macro Control.
You may disable it while taking photos by choosing the flower symbol. Besides, changing the zoom level to .5x may help resolve the problem.
2. Lock the camera
If you face camera flickering issues while recording a video, it might be because your iPhone is unable to choose a lens to capture the video at its best. To prevent camera switching while recording, you need to lock your camera.
- Go to Settings → Camera → Record Video.
- Turn on Lock Camera.
You may also set the recording resolution at 1080p at 60FPS for a smoother video.
3. Balance the exposure
It’s also possible that your iPhone camera doesn’t cause the flickering or blinking, but the lights in the room are at fault. The LED or fluorescent light might be interfering with the shutter rate. In low-light settings, your iPhone camera attempts to maintain automatic exposure and works to achieve the proper balance. Thus, you may see flashing or blinking.
Changing the exposure is the only way to stop your iPhone camera from flickering.
4. Turn off Live Photos
Your iPhone captures what occurs 1.5 seconds before and after you snap a photo using Live Photos. Sometimes this feature interrupts your still photos.
- Open the Camera in Photo mode.
- Tap the Live Photos button (circle icon at the top right corner) to turn it off.
It will turn off Live Photos until you close the Camera. If you want to disable Live Photos permanently, go to Settings → Camera → Preserve Setting → turn on Live Photos.
5. Restart iPhone
Sometimes software glitches can cause the iPhone camera to blink or flash. This can happen after an iOS update or if there are bugs in the camera app. The best way to iron out these temporary bugs is to restart your iPhone.
6. Update iOS
Every iOS update brings new features and enhancements to system apps to increase stability. If you don’t install the updates regularly, your iPhone may malfunction.
- Go to Settings → General → Software Update.
- Tap Download and Install if any update is pending.
If the installation is improper and causing trouble, you may downgrade your iOS or delete the software update and reinstall it. Remember to back up your iPhone before downgrading.
7. Contact Apple Support
If nothing seems to work for you, there may be a hardware issue with your iPhone camera. The failure in your optical stabilization mechanism can cause the camera to blink. Besides, water or moisture exposure to your iPhone can damage the camera module, leading it to malfunction.
Therefore, I suggest contacting Apple Support or booking a Genius Bar appointment to get a physical examination of your iPhone.
No more blinking! 😉
Your iPhone camera blinking issue can prevent you from capturing your precious moments. First, identify the possible causes of this issue to troubleshoot and take the necessary steps to fix it quickly. So, it may require some patience and trial and error. Still, following the solutions outlined in this guide, you can return your camera to its normal state.
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Ava is an enthusiastic consumer tech writer coming from a technical background. She loves to explore and research new Apple products & accessories and help readers easily decode the tech. Along with studying, her weekend plan includes binge-watching anime.