What to do if your Apple iPhone XR has a blurry camera

There have been reports from Apple iPhone XR saying that the cameras with their units are blurry for some reason. There hasn’t been any confirmed firmware or hardware-related issues with the new iPhone that affects its camera so the problem could be minor.

In this post, I will walk you through in troubleshooting your device with this issue. We will try to determine the cause by ruling out each possibility. This problem can be fixed by a practical troubleshooting approach and I hope that this article can help you one way or another.

However, if you are looking for a solution to a different problem, then drop in on our iPhone XR Help Guides page for we have already solved many issues with this device. We may have already published articles that could help you fix the problem with your device so take time browsing through the page.

Now, going back to tour troubleshooting, here are the things you need to do if your iPhone XR has a blurry camera:

  1. Make sure the lenses are clean and clear.
  2. Remove any cases you may have installed.
  3. Restart camera app.
  4. Force restart your iPhone XR.
  5. Restore your iPhone.

I know these steps are pretty self-explanatory but let me shed some light to the questions you may ask.

Again, there hasn’t been any official reports or statements from Apple that acknowledges this problem so we have to assume that it’s not a manufacturing issue. With that being said, the first thing you have to do is make sure that the lenses are clean as any smudge on them would definitely affect the quality of the picture and even the phone’s capability to focus on subjects.

Moreover, if you’ve installed a case to protect your device and if such case covers the lens of the camera with any transparent material, that could be the reason why the pictures are blurry. Remove the case at once and see if the results are different.

Another thing you also have to try is restarting the camera app as it might be just a minor glitch with the app itself. Here’s how you restart the camera:

  1. Open the app switcher by swiping up from the bottom-left corner of the screen and pausing slightly in the middle of the screen.
  2. Find the camera app by swiping right or left to find the app that you want to close.
  3. Swipe up on the app’s preview to close the app.

After restarting the camera and the problem still occurs, then you will have to restart your iPhone XR but instead of a normal reboot, it’s better to perform the forced restart instead. It will refresh the device’s memory as well as reload all its applications and services. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up key.
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume Down key.
  3. Press and hold the Side key until you see the Apple logo.

If all else fails, then you must restore your device as it might be an issue with the firmware. Make sure to sync your iPhone with iTunes and backup important files and data before the restore. Follow these steps to DFU restore your iPhone XR:

  1. In your computer, close all active apps.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Turn off your iPhone. If you can’t turn it off normally, let the battery drain to 0% so the phone powers down on its own. Charge the phone for at least an hour without attempting to turn it on.
  4. Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable.
  5. Press and hold the Power button for at least 3 seconds.
  6. Press and hold the Volume Down button on the left side of the iPhone while continuing to hold the Power button. Be sure to hold both Power and Volume Down keys for 10 seconds. If Apple logo appears at this time, repeat steps 5 and 6. Apple logo should not show at all.
  7. Continue to hold Volume Down key for another 5 seconds. If the Plug into iTunes screen is displayed, repeat steps 5-7. Plug into iTunes screen should not show up.
  8. You’ll know that your phone is in DFU mode if the screen remains black. Your computer should then tell you that iTunes has detected an iPhone.
  9. Follow the on-screen steps in your computer to do a full recovery.

After the restore and the camera is still blurry on your iPhone XR, then it’s time you brought it back to the Apple store and have the tech check it for you. You may have to set an appointment prior to making a trip though.

I hope that this how-to post has helped you one way or another. Please help us spread the word by sharing this post to your friends or people who may also have similar problems. Thanks for reading!

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