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Galaxy S20 Fe Front Camera is Flickering/Blinking – How to Fix

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Fe comes with a punch hole on the front screen for the front camera. The problem is, sometimes, for a lot of users, the area around the punch hole gets bigger and keeps flickering/blinking in black while using the phone.

This has been reported multiple times in the Samsung community. Usually, this can happen when you use your face to unlock the screen or use the front camera to take a photo. However, people find it strange that the circle around the camera hole gets bigger while blinking.

This can be a problem or normal at the same time. We will explain this better in the solution section.

So if your Samsung Galaxy S20 Fe (or any other S20 model) front camera is flickering or blinking while using the phone, try the solutions below to get it fixed.

Editor’s note: We created these instructions using a Samsung Galaxy S20 running Android 12. Depending on your device’s software version, some steps and menu positions may look slightly different.

How to fix if the Galaxy S20 Fe front camera is flickering/blinking

Restart the phone after applying each solution (except the first one) and see if the camera/punch hole blinking is fixed before going to the next solution.

Let’s start by restarting the device.

Fix 01 – Restart the device

Restart device

If there is a temporary glitch within the android system of your Galaxy S20 that causes the front camera to blink randomly, you can fix it by restarting the device.

You can restart the device as you normally do. But here is an easy way to restart your device.

  1. Press and hold the power key and volume down key together until the device starts to turn off. Then, release the keys.

Fix 02 – Reset camera settings

If there is any misconfiguration in the camera settings, it can lead the area around the camera hole to malfunction.

However, this can be easily fixed by resetting camera settings. Remember that resetting the camera app will not delete any photo you have taken from your Galaxy S20.

Here is how you can reset camera settings;

  1. Open the Camera app
  2. Tap on the settings icon (a gear wheel in the top left corner)
  3. Scroll down and tap on Reset Settings
  4. Confirm
Reset camera settings

Fix 03 – Turn off smart stay

There are a number of users that have reported that this solution has worked to fix the same problem on their Galaxy S20 smartphone.

Turning on the Smart stay or “keep the screen on when looking at it” feature will check if you are looking at your Galaxy S20 while you are using it. If so, it makes the area or the circle around the front camera blink while enlarging the circle in black color.

So if this feature is turned on, that is the reason for your problem. That is also why we said at the beginning of this guide that this behavior could also be normal.

However, if you want to turn off this setting, follow the steps below;

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on Advanced features
  3. Tap on Motions and gestures
Motions and gestures
  1. Toggle off the button next to Smart stay or “keep screen on while viewing” feature
Keep screen on while viewing

Fix 04 – Reset settings

If the above solution did not work, it could be a glitch in the settings of your Galaxy S20. What you can do to fix this malfunction here is resetting the settings. 

As you know, if you reset the settings, you will have to make the same changes that you have done to the settings already. With that in mind, follow these steps to reset the settings on your phone;

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on General management
  3. Tap on Reset
  4. Then, tap on the Reset all settings option
Reset all settings
  1. Confirm

Fix 05 – Factory data reset

If none of the above solutions worked to fix the problem, it could be a serious bug that exists on your Galaxy S20. 

There is not easy to get rid of such bugs in your device’s android system. The best way to do this is by resetting everything on the device. Which means doing a factory data reset (hard reset)

However, you know that if you factory data reset your device, you will lose every personal data stored in the device. Therefore, you have to take a backup first. Use our guide if you don’t know how to take a backup of your device.

Once you have taken the backup, you can safely proceed to the factory data reset;

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on General management
  3. Tap on Reset
  4. Then, tap on Factory data reset
Factory data reset
  1. Enter the screen lock password (if you have set up one)
  2. Confirm

It will take a few minutes to complete the reset. Once it is completed, your device will be restarted automatically. Then you can check if the problem is solved and restore the backup you have taken before.

Wrapping Up

If you have followed the solutions correctly, you should have now resolved the front camera blinking on your Samsung Galaxy S20.

However, you may still have questions or need help regarding this guide. If so, tell us by dropping a comment below. 

Hope this guide has helped you. Have a nice day!


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