iPhone Camera Blinking | Top 7 Solutions

This article provides 7 effective solutions to fix the iPhone camera blinking issue and restore your camera's functionality on iPhone 13/14/15 in particular.

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Sofia Albert updated on Feb 20, 2024 | Home > iOS & Mac Topics


  • A blinking iPhone camera may occur due to hardware problems, software bugs, unbalanced exposure, and automatic Macro lens switching.
  • You can fix an iPhone camera that blinks by cleaning the cameras, restarting your iPhone, disabling Macro mode, manually adjusting the exposure, turning off Live Photo, or locking the camera while recording. If they don't work, try updating iOS.
  • If the iPhone camera blinking issue still persists, use EaseUS MobiXpert to fix iOS errors.

It can be very frustrating if your iPhone camera keeps blinking or flickering because you can't use it to take clear, focused pictures and video or scan codes for information. This issue happens to all iPhone models, but users of iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 appear to encounter it more frequently.

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to bypass the iPhone camera blinking problem and restore your iPhone camera's functionality. Before completely giving up on your iPhone camera, try the following solutions.

Why Is My iPhone Camera Blinking?

A lot of factors can lead to a blinking iPhone camera. We've compiled a list of potential causes to assist you in swiftly identifying what might be triggering your iPhone camera to blink. This can aid you in finding a suitable solution to resolve the issue promptly.

  • Hardware problems. Physical damage to the camera lenses, camera module, or internal components of your iPhone may result in the iPhone camera blinking or flickering.
  • Software glitches. Bugs or glitches in the iPhone's operating system or camera app can cause the camera to blink.
  • Improper exposure levels. In low or bright lighting conditions, your iPhone camera will automatically adjust the exposure to capture a picture or video in the best quality. Your iPhone camera may be blinking in and out of focus while it is adapting to the lighting.
  • Automatic Macro lens switching. The Macro Control feature will automatically switch your camera lens to the Ultra Wide lens to capture macro photos and videos. As you get closer to a subject, you may see your iPhone camera blinking.

📖Also read: iPhone Camera Blurry; iPhone Camera Shaking

How to Fix iPhone Camera Blinking

In this part, we will introduce 7 effective methods to fix the blinking camera issue on iPhone. After each method, test your iPhone camera by taking a picture or video to see if the blinking problem has been resolved.

1. Clean Camera Lenses

Take a close look at your camera lenses for cracks, scratches, or damage. If the lenses are visibly impaired, it's time for professional repair services. If, on the other hand, you notice smudges, dirt, oil, or any debris, use a clean microfiber cloth to gently clean the lenses. This ensures your iPhone's camera lenses are free from any obstructions, preventing the blinking issue.

Clean iPhone camera lenses

2. Restart Your iPhone

A glitch in the iOS system or the Camera app may cause a blinking iPhone camera. The simplest way to clear temporary bugs is to restart your iPhone.

To restart iPhone X or later:

Step 1. Press and hold the Volume Down button and the side button until the "Slide to Power Off" slider shows up.

Slide to power off iPhone

Step 2. Drag the slider to the right and wait for 30 seconds to completely power off your iPhone.

Step 3. Press and hold the side button until you see an Apple logo.

To restart iPhone 8 or earlier:

Step 1. Press and hold the side button until the power-off slider appears.

Step 2. Drag the slider and wait for 30 seconds.

Step 3. Press and hold the side button to turn your iPhone back on.

Here is a full guide on how to force restart iPhone: How to Force Restart iPhone 13.

3. Disable Macro Switching

If you use an iPhone 13/14/15 Pro or Pro Max model, your iPhone camera has an Ultra Wide lens to capture macro photography. It is enabled by default so when you are getting closer to the subject, the camera will automatically switch lenses, making the iPhone camera flicker. Turning off automatic switching to the Ultra Wide camera might stabilize the camera.

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone 13/14/15 Pro or Pro Max.

Step 2. Scroll down and tap Camera.

Step 3. Tap the toggle switch next to Macro Control to disable it.

Macro Control on iPhone

4. Adjust Exposure Levels

When your lighting environment is constantly changing, too dark, or too bright, the camera on your iPhone will automatically adjust its exposure levels to ensure your images or recordings are captured with clarity and accurate color. To avoid iPhone camera blinking caused by exposure adjustments, try manually adjusting the exposure levels.

Step 1. Open the Camera app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Tap the arrow at the middle top of the screen to bring up more camera settings.

Step 3. Tap the Exposure icon (a circle with a plus and minus sign).

Adjust exposure on iPhone camera

Step 4. Swipe left and right to adjust the exposure.

5. Turn Off Live Photo

Some users have reported that turning off Live Photo in the camera settings was able to fix the blinking issue with their iPhones. Follow the steps below and see if you can overcome this problem:

Step 1. Open the Camera app.

Step 2. Tap the Live Photo icon (three circles inside one another) at the top right corner of your screen. This will temporarily turn off Live Photo until you restart the camera.

Disable Live Photo on iPhone

Step 3. To permanently turn off Live Photo for your camera, go to Settings > Camera > Preserve Settings, and toggle on the switch next to Live Photo. This will keep your Live Photo disabled after a camera restart.

Preserve Live Photo Settings

Need to convert Live photos to JPG? Click it to see the details.

6. Lock the Camera

If you encounter the issue of the iPhone camera blinking on video, it might be your iPhone has trouble choosing a lens while recording. You can lock the camera to prevent your iPhone camera from switching between cameras.

Step 1. Open Settings > Camera > Record Video on your iPhone.

Step 2. Scroll down to turn on the Lock Camera.

Lock camera for video recording on iPhone

7. Update Your iPhone

If none of the provided solutions prove effective, the last step to resolve a blinking or flickering iPhone camera is to update your iPhone to the latest version. This update may include patches and fixes that can address any software issues in your current system.

Step 1. Open Settings > General > Software Update.

Step 2. If there is an update available, choose Update Now and follow the prompts to finish updating iOS.

Advanced Solution to Fix iPhone Camera Blinking

It can be tedious to fix an iPhone camera that blinks on and off through manual troubleshooting steps. However, EaseUS MobiXpert provides an automatic and simplified way to fix iOS issues. This advanced iOS repair tool can easily diagnose and fix a wide range of iOS system glitches and bugs, including iPhone camera problems.

Why Choose EaseUS MobiXpert:

  • Repair iPhone camera blinking without the need for technical knowledge
  • Fix 150+ iOS/iPadOS system bugs without data loss
  • Safely downgrade from the latest iOS version without jailbreak
  • Factory reset iPhone/iPad/iPod without password
  • Bypass iTunes restore or backup errors
  • Enter or exit iOS Recovery Mode with one click
  • Automated repair process and friendly interface

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiXpert on your computer, choose "System Repair" from the Home page.

MobiXpert hompage

Step 2.  Then, choose "iOS/iPadOS System Repair" from the new screen.

ios system repair

Step 3. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer and choose "Standard Repair." If you want a thorough repair, you can choose "Deep Repair."

select repair mode

Step 4. Confirm your device model and click "Next" to move on. Then, EaseUS MobiXpert will download a firmware for you, which will take a while. If you have installed a firmware before using this software, you can directly click "Verify" to continue.

verify firmware

Step 5. Then, click "Repair Now" to start the repair process. After the repair completes, you can check your device and restart it for use. 

erpair complete


Your iPhone serves as a reliable tool for capturing precious moments in life, but it loses its charm when the camera starts blinking, resulting in blurry photos and videos without focus. By following the methods provided in this article, you should be able to fix the iPhone camera blinking problem and bring your camera back to work.

If all the software solutions don't work, free download EaseUS MobiXpert on your Windows PC to detect and fix the iOS glitches that may cause the issue. If your iPhone camera keeps blinking, ask Apple Support for help.

FAQs on iPhone Camera Blinking

Read the following FAQs to dive deeper into the blinking or flickering iPhone camera issue.

1. Why does my iPhone camera shake?

Many factors may lead to your iPhone camera's instability. Some prominent reasons for a shaky iPhone camera include dirty lenses, disturbed camera interface, and software glitches.

2. How do I stop my iPhone 14 camera from flickering?

You can fix the flickering camera on your iPhone 14 by cleaning the lenses, restarting your iPhone, changing the exposure, turning off Live Photo, locking the camera, or updating iOS.

3. Why does my iPhone 14 Pro Max camera lose focus?

It is common that your iPhone 14 Pro Max camera loses focus while capturing a picture or video because your iPhone is switching lenses to autofocus on the subject. If the camera can't stay focused, possible reasons include smudged lenses, issues with the camera app, low light conditions, or physical damage to the camera.

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