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How to fix Camera Failed error on Samsung Galaxy S22

Camera failed Samsung S22

The Galaxy S22 series is at the top of the line when everything is ideal. This is the case for the majority of users but not everyone. Some users report that they get the Camera Failed prompt on the Samsung Galaxy S22 (standard, Plus, and Ultra) for some reason whenever they try to take a photo. For some, the problem concerns all lenses, while others report that telephoto or ultrawide cameras cause the error.

We are most likely looking at a defective camera setup but you have some software solutions to try.

Why does Samsung say the camera failed?

If your Samsung Galaxy S22 says that the Camera failed when you try to take a photo with all or particular sensors, the best idea is to contact Samsung support and ask for a replacement or repairs. It’s most likely the hardware problem. However, if you want to try fixing the problem through some software troubleshooting, be our guest and check the instructions we provided below.

1. Restart your Samsung Galaxy S22

Before we move to software-oriented troubleshooting steps, we strongly encourage you to check for clicking sounds coming from the camera compartment when you shake the phone. If that’s the case, you can try applying some pressure by hand on the back of the device and on the display, as some users recommended.

However, the ideal solution for each and every hardware problem, even the slightest one, is to take your device for check and ask for a replacement or repairs. It’s not the user’s job to fix faulty devices. Especially with devices as premium and expensive as the Samsung Galaxy S series.

Extra tip: You can try installing Gcam on your Samsung or any other third-party camera app like Open Camera. That way you’ll know if the problem is with the app itself or if it’s the defective camera setup.

On the other hand, if you want to try some things on your own, the first thing you should do is restart your Samsung Galaxy S22. Reboot the device with the Side button (Power button) or from the Quick Access menu and check for improvements. If that does nothing, continue with the next step.

2. Force stop the Camera app and clear the data

The next thing you can try is to force stop the Camera app in App Settings and then clear the local data. This way, you’ll reset the app to factory values and, hopefully, address the possible temporary bug causing the “Camera failed” prompt.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Apps.
  3. Open Camera from the list of installed apps.
  4. Tap Force stop and then open Storage.
  5. Tap Clear data and confirm.camera failed samsung s22

3. Reset Settings in the Camera app

Alternatively, you can try resetting Settings in the Camera app. This action won’t delete any content from the Gallery but it will restore all changes to various modes and settings.

Here’s how to reset settings in the Camera app on your Galaxy S22:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Tap on the cog (gear icon) at the top to bring out Settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Reset settings.
  4. Tap Reset and look for changes.

In addition, disable Snapchat filters in Fun Mode and avoid them as some users report it is the main culprit for Samsung Camera issues.

4. Update the firmware of your Samsung Galaxy S22

You can also update the firmware on your device in hope that the problem with the Camera app is on the software side and that the next monthly update will fix it.

Here’s how to install software updates on your Samsung Galaxy S22:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Software update.
  3. Tap Download and install.
  4. Install available updates.
  5. After your Galaxy S22 reboots, open Galaxy Store and update the Camera app, if there are available updates.

5 Factory reset your device

Finally, if none of the previous steps worked for you, you might find the last resort in a factory reset. This is especially recommended if you have upgraded to a newer version of Android/OneUI. But, before doing anything, back up your data to Google Drive/Samsung Cloud and media files to Google Photos or your PC. We can only hope that the factory reset will fix the Camera Failed error on your Samsung Galaxy S22.

Here’s how to factory reset your Samsung Galaxy S22:

  1. Back up everything to Samsung Cloud or Google Drive. Or you can save your files externally. Sadly, there’s no SD card available on Galaxy S22.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Tap General management.
  4. Select Reset.
  5. Choose Factory data reset.
  6. Tap Reset at the bottom and confirm.camera failed samsung s22

And, on that note, we can conclude this article. Again, absolutely contact your carrier, seller, or Samsung Support if none of the software-focused troubleshooting steps helped you address the issue. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to share your questions and suggestions in the comments below.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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