Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are by far the best smartphones Google has ever produced. The Pixel 6 duo received a great response from the tech community for its design, performance, and the great set of cameras. But, one of the things for which it was praised so much, has become a nightmare for a lot of users – It’s the cameras. Multiple users on Google’s support website and Reddit have reported about the frequent crashing of the camera app on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. It looks like you are on the same boat that’s why you are here. In this guide, we’ve listed down all the possible workarounds that might fix the issue with the Camera app on your Pixel phone.
Ever since users started reporting about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s camera crashing issue on online forums, Google has released multiple software updates to the devices. But, unfortunately, the problem has gone nowhere. Google has not even officially acknowledged the crashing issue on Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro as of writing this post. However, a user on the Reddit forum said that a Google representative said that they are working on a fix for the camera crashing issue. However, they didn’t provide an ETA.
Possible Solutions to the Camera Crashing Issue on Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
While you wait for a fix from Google, here are some methods that you can try to fix the camera crashing issue on your Google Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro.
Reboot Your Pixel Phone
There could be a temporary bug inside the phone which is not allowing the camera app to open completely. In the midway of the opening of the app, the bug might be leading the process to fail. A simple reboot can fix the camera crashing.
To reboot your Google Pixel, press and hold the power button and tap on the reboot option. After a minute or two, your device will reboot successfully. Now, check if the issue is solved.
Clear the Cache
Every app on the phone stores some amount of cached data on the phone to quickly perform specific operations. The Camera app also stores cache data on the device, which, on clearing, can take the phone back to its normal state.
Here’s how to clear the Camera app’s cache on your Pixel phone:
- Open the Settings app.
- Select Apps.
- Click See all x apps. Here “x” is the total number of apps which also includes system apps.
- Tap on the Camera.
- Click Clear cache.
Uninstall Third-Party Apps
Third-party apps installed on your phone might be in conflict with the Camera app. This might lead to many problems including the one you are facing right now. To rule out this possibility, uninstall all third-party apps and check if the problem has gone.
Install the Latest Software Update
The latest software update often contains fixes to all the previously known issues. Therefore, you should check if Google has released a new update for your Pixel phone. Generally, new software updates hit the Pixel phone with a notification. Alternatively, you can go to the Software update section under the Settings app to check if there’s an update available.
Use GCam or Open Camera Mod
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro without the cameras are as good as having any other phone. Rather than waiting for a fix from Google, you can use the Open Camera app, a modded version of the official Camera app. It doesn’t crash like the original app. The only downside is that the Open Camera does not support ultra-wide mode. You can download the Open Camera mod for Pixel 6 Pro from the project’s GitHub repository. It’s not available for Pixel 6.
Gcam or Google Camera is another solution when the default camera app is crashing. And, you can use it on Pixel 6 too. Follow this guide to download and install GCam on your Pixel phones.
Factory Reset Your Pixel Phone
All the solutions mentioned above do not lead to any loss in data, but this method does. Resetting your phone makes it fresh from the inside. It removes all the applications and their data, resets app preferences, and resets network options back to default. This solution is most likely to fix the crashing issue of the Camera app on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro.
To perform a factory reset on your Pixel phone, follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to System > Reset options.
- Click Erase all data.
- Confirm the screen lock.
Leave for the phone for a couple of minutes until the factory reset process is complete.
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