How to fix a Galaxy A50 with ‘Camera failed’ error

The error message ‘Camera failed’ that usually pops up when you open the camera app can be an issue with the app only or a sign of a hardware problem. It shows up when the sensor, the app or its services failed to initialize. It seems like many Samsung Galaxy A50 owners are currently being bugged by this error, but since it reportedly started after an update, then it’s probably just a software-related problem. 

In this post, we will try to fix your phone that’s bugged down by this error. We will look into all possibilities and rule them out one after another until we can figure out the reason why such error shows. If you’re an owner of a device that’s plagued by this problem, then continue reading this post as you may find it helpful. 

Before we move on to our troubleshooting, if you happen to find this post while looking for a solution to a different problem, then visit our Galaxy A50 Help Guides page for we have already addressed some of the most common issues with this device. We may have already published articles that could help you fix your problem. Find issues that are similar to yours and feel free to use our solutions.

Fix the ‘Camera failed’ error on Galaxy A50

As the owner of this new device, you must try to troubleshoot it to determine the reason why the “Warning: Camera failed” error keeps on showing up and eventually fix it provided that the problem isn’t with the hardware. Here are the things you need to do about this problem.

First solution: Close all apps that might be using the camera

There are a  lot of apps that use the camera and while they’re running in the background, the main camera app may not be able to use the hardware. That could  be the reason why you’re getting the ‘Camera failed’ warning every time you open the camera app. Apps like Facebook, Instagram and other instant messaging applications are often the cause of this problem. If you’re also fond of recording the screen while you’re gaming, screen recording applications can also cause this error. Therefore, take a little time closing all apps that are running in the background. 

  1. Tap the Recent Apps icon Recent apps (lower-left).
  2. To close, scroll to then swipe the app up.

After closing all apps in the background, try opening the camera app and see if it works this time. If the error still shows up, then move on to the next effective solution. 

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Second solution: Force restart your Galaxy A50

It is also possible that the cause of the problem is a system glitch. These things happen all the time and you will not be able to notice them if not because of their effects to the performance of your phone. Rule this possibility out by doing the forced restart procedure:

  • Press and hold the Volume Down button and Power key for 10 seconds or more. 

This will reboot your phone like the normal restart but the memory will be refreshed and all apps and services reloaded. This will fix the problem is it’s just due to some minor software-related issues. So, once the phone has become active, open Camera and see if the ‘Camera failed’ error still shows up. If it still does, then move on to the next procedure. 

Third solution: Use the camera while in Safe Mode

We are now trying to disable all third-party applications as they’re often the reason why this error shows up. Since we don’t know which of the apps you installed is causing the problem, we’ll just disable all of them at once and that’s the reason why you need to restart your phone in safe mode: 

  1. Turn the device off.
  2. Press and hold the Power key past the model name screen appearing on the screen.
  3. When SAMSUNG appears on the screen, release the Power key.
  4. Immediately after releasing the Power key, press and hold the Volume down key.
  5. Continue to hold the Volume down key until the device finishes restarting.
  6. When Safe mode appears in the bottom left corner of the screen, release the Volume down key.

Open the Camera app and see if the error still shows up. If it does not pop up and you can actually take photos or record videos while in this mode, then it means that there’s a third-party application that’s preventing the main app from using the camera. But since you’ve already made the camera to work, try rebooting into the normal mode and use the camera. Usually, the problem will be fixed by just doing this procedure but if the issue continues, find out which of your apps is causing the problem and uninstall it. 

On the other hand, if the ‘Camera failed’ error still shows up even in safe mode, then the problem could be with the firmware or hardware. In this case, move on to the next solution.

Fourth solution: Backup your important files and reset your phone

At this point, a master reset is needed to rule out the possibility that it’s just a minor issue with the firmware. As long as the problem isn’t with the sensor itself, the reset will fix this problem and you may continue using the great camera of this device. 

However, before doing the reset, make sure to create a backup of your important files and data as they will be deleted during the process. Also, remove your Google account from your phone after the backup so that you won’t be locked out of your device after the reset. Once everything is set and ready, follow these steps to master reset your Galaxy A50 that’s plagued with the ‘camera failed’ error. 

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up and Power keys.
  3. When the Galaxy A50 logo shows, release all three keys.
  4. Your Galaxy A50 will continue to boot up into the Recovery Mode. Once you see a black screen with blue and yellow texts, proceed to the next step. 
  5. Press the Volume down key several times to highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset’.
  6. Press Power button to select.
  7. Press the Volume down key until ‘Yes’ is highlighted.
  8. Press Power button to select and start the master reset.
  9. When the master reset is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  10. Press the Power key to restart the device.

After the reset, don’t restore your files and apps yet. Instead, try using the camera app first to see if the camera failed error disappeared because if not, then it’s very much possible at this point that the problem is with the hardware. However, if the error no longer shows up, then restore your apps one by one and keep testing the camera. This way, you would know which of the app you install is causing the problem. 

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