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How To Fix Samsung S22 Camera Not Focusing

Is your Samsung Galaxy S22's camera not focusing? Here is how to fix it!
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It can be incredibly frustrating if your Samsung Galaxy S22 camera isn’t focusing and the photos and videos you capture come out blurry or unclear. 

But don’t worry. Because we have created this guide to help you. In this article, you’ll find out why your Samsung Galaxy S22 camera isn’t focusing and what you can do to fix the camera and get it back in focus.

These are the fixes that we are going to explain:

  1. Restart the camera app, 
  2. Clean the lenses, 
  3. Turn off tracking autofocus, 
  4. Reset the camera settings, and
  5. Clear camera app data.

By the end of this guide, we will also show you some advanced third-party camera apps to test and what you can do if this is a hardware issue.

Let’s get started.

Note: Solutions in this guide will work on Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, S22 FE, and S22 Ultra

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Why is Samsung Galaxy S22 Camera Not Focusing?

If you wonder why your Galaxy S22 camera doesn’t focus, here are the potential causes behind this problem.

  • It could be due to certain camera features, 
  • Camera app issues, 
  • Camera settings misconfigurations, or 
  • Even a defective camera unit. 

It’s important to troubleshoot all these possible issues in order to fix the camera focusing problem of your Samsung Galaxy S22. 

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Whether the problem is due to software, settings, or your phone’s physical lens, we have listed these fixes addressing every possible cause. All you have to do is follow each fix and test the camera to see if the problem is resolved.

Fix 01: Restart the Camera app

Restarting the app is the first step you need to do when troubleshooting any issues with the Samsung Galaxy S22 camera. By restarting the app, will resolve any temporary system glitches causing the camera not focusing.

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Here you cannot just close and reopen the camera app. Instead, follow these steps to force restart the process.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to the Apps section.
  3. Tap on the Camera app and select Force Stop.
Force stop the camera app

Once you have tapped on force stop, go back to the home screen and open the camera app.

Fix 02: Clean the Camera Lenses

Dirt, dust, and fingerprints can all affect lens performance, leading to blurry photos. Therefore, before moving to other solutions, we recommend you clean the lenses of your Galaxy S22.

The best way to clean your Galaxy S22 camera lenses is with a soft, lint-free cloth and a cleaning solution. Be sure to start with a clean cloth, and never use harsh chemicals or cleaners as this can damage the lens coating. Gently wipe the lenses in a circular motion until they are clear of any dirt or debris.

Once you have cleaned the lenses, open the camera app and see if it focuses correctly. If this did solve the issue, make sure to avoid touching the lenses directly with your fingers again as the oil from your skin can cause lasting smudges.

Fix 03: Slightly Tap on the Camera Unit

A number of users have reported that sometimes a slight tap on the camera unit works to fix the focus issues on their Galaxy S22 camera.

Even though this is not a permanent solution, you can test this trick and see if it works. And if it does, you need to take your device to a Samsung repair centre and ask the technicians to check the camera unit for any defects. 

If tapping the camera unit does not seem to be helping, then it could be the auto-tracking feature causing the focusing issue. Let’s address this in the next section.

Fix 04: Turn off Tracking Auto Focus

The Tracking autofocus feature is active by default and uses the motion sensors of the phone, tracking the subject or object in the frame as it moves. Disabling this feature will stop the camera from automatically refocusing as the subject or object moves, so the focus remains where it is set.

To turn off Tracking auto focus, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Tap on the Settings icon.
  3. Toggle off Tracking Auto Focus.
Toggle off tracking auto focus

Once you have disabled this feature, try to take a photo and see if the camera focuses as it should.

Fix 05: Reset Camera Settings

Resetting the camera settings of your Galaxy S22 will revert configurations to the factory defaults, and will resolve any software issues that may be causing the camera to not focus correctly.

Note: It is important to note that resetting camera settings will erase any previously saved settings and preferences in the camera app.

To reset camera settings:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Tap on the Settings icon.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Reset settings.
Reset camera settings
  1. Confirm.

Once it is done, you need to restart your Galaxy S22 for the changes to take effect.

Fix 06: Clear Camera App Data

If resetting camera settings doesn’t work, you can get the same effect by clearing the camera app data. This will reset the camera settings plus remove any stored data that could be causing the issue.

Here is how you can do this:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Apps.
  3. Select Camera.
Camera app
  1. Go to Storage.
  2. Tap on Clear data.
Clear camera app data

Once the data is cleared, open the Camera app again to see if the issue persists. 

If the focus problem is still present, it could be due to a hardware issue or the camera app being faulty. In this case, the best option is to test a third-party camera app to see if the problem is the camera app or the camera unit itself.

Fix 07: Try a Third-Party Camera App

Trying out a different camera app is the best way to figure out if the problem is with the camera or the app itself. 

This can be quickly done by downloading a third-party camera app from the Play Store. Once you have installed the app, you can test it to see if it works better than the original camera app. If the third-party camera app works better than the original one, it is clear that the problem is with the camera app itself and not with the camera.

However, if the issue is present in both apps, then it is likely due to a hardware issue with the camera itself.

Fix 08: Take Your Device to a Samsung Repair Center to Check the Camera Unit

Once you have determined whether it is the camera unit causing the issue, then it is best to take your Galaxy S22 to a certified technician for further repair.

At the Samsung repair centre, the technician will thoroughly diagnose the issue and provide a clear explanation of the repair process. If the camera unit is defective, they will replace the unit or give you a replacement if your phone is still covered by warranty.

Wrapping Up

We hope this guide helped you to fix the camera not focusing the issue on your Samsung Galaxy S22. So which fix worked for you? Don’t forget to leave a comment below.

If you have any questions regarding this guide, feel free to ask by comment, we will be there to assist you.

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