Fix Blurry Camera or Not Focusing quickly on Galaxy S20/S20+ or S20 Ultra

If your Galaxy Note camera looks blurry, or if the camera app can’t seem to focus when trying to capture an image or video, there’s a number of troubleshooting steps that you must do to fix the issue. Follow the below tutorial to fix “not focusing quickly” or blurry camera on Galaxy S20/S20+ or S20 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S20 series is the latest premium and flagship smartphone from Samsung. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S20 series i.e., Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra as its latest flagship family at the Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event in San Francisco, California. The Galaxy S20 series ships with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865 chipset, which features more powerful image processing, a new fifth-generation AI Engine, better power efficiency, basically everything you could ask for in a mobile processor.

Blurry Camera on Galaxy S20 series

Fix Blurry Camera or Not Focusing quickly on Galaxy S20/S20+ or S20 Ultra

Dig into Camera App

Most of the blurry cameras in any smartphone is because of either some unwanted settings done by the user or a technical glitch. If your Galaxy appears to have a blurry camera or if the camera seems unable to focus, the first thing that you want to do is check if you’re operating the camera properly. While the Galaxy camera is pretty impressive and smart, it’s not perfect and still needs the correct input from the user in order to produce crisp, sharp images.

All you need to do is to literally find the best angle and lighting around the subject. Importantly, you must ensure that you minimize movement as much as possible while shooting. For Live Focus and Live Focus Video, you want to also make sure that you are at least 3-5 feet away from the subject. This is the optimal distance for the camera app to recognize and capture the subject in focus. Anything closer or farther away can have a diminishing effect.

If the photos still appear blurry or photos out of focus after ensuring that you observe the basic tips, your phone must have a technical issue that needs fixing. Continue with the troubleshooting below.

Force Quit Camera App

This is usually recommended to fix minor app bugs. There are two ways to do this.

Method 1: Close an app using the Recent Apps key
  • On your screen, tap the Recent Apps soft key (the one with three vertical lines on the left of the Home button).
  • Once the Recent Apps screen is shown, swipe left or right to look for the app. It should be here if you managed to run it previously.
  • Then, swipe up on the app to close it. This should force close it. If it’s not there, simply tap the Close All app to also restart all apps.
Method 2: Close an app using the App Info menu
  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Apps.
  • Tap the More settings icon (three-dot icon, upper right).
  • Tap Show system apps.
  • Find and tap the app.
  • Tap Force Stop.

Update Camera App

Unlike regular apps, updating Samsung apps does need to go through the Play Store. To check if the camera app has a pending update that might fix the blurry photos on your Galaxy, follow these steps:

  • Open the Samsung Camera app.
  • Tap the Settings icon at the upper left (cog).
  • Scroll down and select About Camera.
  • Tap Update. If there’s no Update button, that means that the app is currently running the most recent version.

Update to Latest Software

  • Open Settings from either the Quick Nav menu or the launcher.
  • Go to the More tab, then tap on About device.
  • Tap on the Software update.
  • If a system update is available, you’ll see the option on the screen. Tap Download and Install.
  • If your system is up to date, you will see a message stating that the system is up to date.

That is all. You have successfully checked for a system update on your Samsung Galaxy S20 (Plus) and S20 Ultra.

Here are a few things that are needed to take care of while updating your Samsung Galaxy S20 (Plus) and S20 Ultra or any device:

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  • Your device must be connected to the internet.
  • Your device must have enough space to download the update.
  • Your device should have enough charge, more than 50% to install the update.

Reset App Preferences

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Apps.
  • Tap on More settings at the upper right (three-dot icon).
  • Select Reset app preferences.
  • Restart your Galaxy Note10 and check for the problem.

Clear Camera App and Data

Clear app cache

Follow it up by clearing the apps’ cache. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Go to the Home screen.
  • Tap Apps icon.
  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Apps.
  • If you’re looking for a system or default app, tap on More settings at the upper right (three-dot icon).
  • Select Show system apps.
  • Find and tap the appropriate app.
  • Tap Storage.
  • Tap the Clear Cache button.
  • Restart the device and check for the problem.

Clear app data

Clearing an app’s data will return it to its factory state.

  • Go to the Home screen.
  • Tap Apps icon.
  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Apps.
  • If you’re looking for a system or default app, tap on More settings at the upper right (three-dot icon).
  • Select Show system apps.
  • Find and tap the appropriate app.
  • Tap Storage.
  • Tap the Clear Data button.
  • Restart the device and check for the problem.

Clear Cache from Recovery Mode

In case you don’t know what is recovery, the first thing the bootloader rings up is the recovery. Recovery Mode refers to a special bootable partition, which contains a recovery application installed in it. And you can fix some problems with your phone. Follow the steps to clear cache from recovery mode:

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  • Turn off your phone.
  • Once it is turned off. Press and hold the power/Bixby and volume down button simultaneously until the Android logo pops up.
  • When the green Android logo displays, release both buttons.
  • The Recovery screen menu will now appear
  • Use the Volume button to go to Wipe Cache Partition then press the Power button to confirm the selection.
  • Wait until your device wipes out all cache or temporary data from the system partition.
  • Press the Power button again to reboot the device.

This clears all the temporary data from the device. And then it works like new.

Troubleshoot apps in Safe Mode

In case you don’t know what is safe mode, in safe mode, the system temporarily disable all third-party applications you installed on your device. By doing this we can figure out which app is occurring the problem. Follow the below step to turn Safe Mode on:

  • Turn OFF the device.
  • Press and hold your device’s Power button till the model name screen.
  • When the SAMSUNG logo appears on the screen, release the Power key.
  • Immediately after releasing the Power key, press and hold the Volume down key.
  • Continue to hold the Volume down key until the device finishes restarting.
  • Safe mode will display in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  • Release the Volume down key when you see Safe Mode.

After figuring out the apps which are creating the problem, follow the below steps to uninstall it(if required):

  • Open Settings from Launcher.
  • Tap on Apps.
  • Tap See All Apps.
  • Tap an app that you want to uninstall
  • Tap Uninstall.
  • Tap OK to confirm.

Factory Reset

Disclaimer

Factory reset will delete everything, so you want to make sure that you create a copy of your personal data such as photos, videos, documents, texts, etc. ahead of time.

From the Settings menu:

  • Open the Settings from the launcher.
  • Scroll to and tap General management.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Select Factory data reset.
  • Tap Reset to continue.
  • Tap Delete All to confirm the action.

From Recovery:

  • Turn off your phone.
  • Once it is turned off. Press and hold the power/Bixby and volume down button simultaneously until the Android logo pops up.
  • When the green Android logo displays, release both buttons.
  • The Recovery screen menu will now appear
  • Use the Volume Down button until you are highlighting ‘Wipe data/factory reset.’
  • Press the Power button to select ‘Wipe data/factory reset.’
  • Use Volume Down to highlight Yes.
  • Press the Power button to confirm the action to clear your phone data.

Visit the Service Centre

Although it’s rare, some cases of the issues on Samsung Galaxy devices may have bad hardware as the origin. If a factory reset won’t help in fixing your issue, visit your local Samsung store or Service Center so a qualified Samsung technician can examine the hardware. If needed, they may send it in for repair or replacement.

Do you own a Galaxy Device, or any Android device and need these types of simple tutorials? Then stay tuned to GetDroidTips’ Android Tips & Tricks column because many simple tutorials for Galaxy are coming soon.

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