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If you’ve come across the error “Warning” Camera Failed” in either a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S9 then this post is written specifically for you. This is an issue the bedevils owners of Galaxy Series range of smartphones. Most users will be quick to send their devices to Samsung service centers. However, the truth of the matter is that the issue can actually be resolved fairly easily. It’s not a hardware problem but rather related to the smartphone software, something of a bug lets say. So in this post, we’ll look at how to fix ‘camera failed’ on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9 smartphones.

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The procedure on how to fix ‘camera failed’ on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9 smartphones is fairly simple. It also takes just a few minutes. However, it’s essential that your device has a good amount of battery juice. The reason you need a good charge is that the camera typically won’t work when the battery is low. Also good to point out that your pictures will not be affected in any way by this procedure and neither data stored in your device. Nonetheless, it’s always good practice to back-up data before attempting any repairs on a smartphone. This is particularly good in cases where you have to factory reset your device. 

How to fix 'camera failed' on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9 smartphones

How to fix ‘camera failed’ on Samsung Galaxy S9 

Just a reminder that if you own a Samsung Galaxy S9 third latest series smartphone edition. Then you want to ensure that all your applications are updated. If updating apps doesn’t solve the problem then you should try to reset the smartphone. If a factory reset fails, then continue with the procedure below. 

Step 1: Clear camera app cache

  1. Go to “Settings” >> “Apps” 
  2. Locate and tap on “Camera” app
  3. Then tap on “Storage”
  4. Choose “Clear cache”

Step 2: Clear camera app data

  1. Go to “Settings” >> “Apps” 
  2. Locate and tap on “Camera” app
  3. Next, tap on “Storage”
  4. Choose “Clear data”

Step 3: Boot into safe mode

There are cases where 3rd-party (non-Android native). if installed, can conflict with the Android native camera app. Therefore, when you boot your device into safe mode, you effectively disable the third-party app. This is the recommended method to check if the 3rd party camera app is the cause of the error. Once you confirm it is, then just uninstall it.

  1. Switch-off your smartphone completely.
  2. Press the power button and hold until you see the logo.
  3. As soon as you see the logo release the power button and then press and hold the volume down button.
  4. Next, release the power button once safe mode comes forth at the bottom of your device screen.

Step 4: Clear system cache

  1. Switch off your device
  2. Press and hold the following buttons simultaneously: volume up, Bixby, and power button.
  3. Tap on the screen when the screen with No commands message appears. 
  4. The use volume keys to select “wipe cache partition” and power button to confirm it
  5. Choose “yes” to confirm

Step 5: Factory reset

This is a measure of last resort. I say so because it will erase everything on your smartphone, especially data and pictures. With this method, you’ll return the device to its factory firmware. Therefore, it is absolutely important that you back-up your precious data before you go ahead with this method. 

  1. Switch off your device
  2. Press and hold the following buttons in combination: volume up, Bixby and power button
  3. Tap on the screen when the screen with No commands message appears
  4. Using volume keys, highlight >> wipe data/factory reset then select using the power button
  5. Choose “yes” to confirm

Steps to fix ‘camera failed’ on Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 was succeeded by the Galaxy S9. That means there are a lot of similarities between the devices. Therefore, if you have an S8, first try the steps outlined above for the S9. If none of the 5 steps succeeds in resolving the camera issue, then proceed to the procedure outlined below to see if you’re able to fix the problem. 

Update Apps:

  • Like we’ve mentioned above. Failure to update your smartphone apps can cause this problem. So, first, ensure you update all your apps and check that the auto-update is turned on in your Google Play Store. An easier way to check which apps require updating is to open “My apps and games”. Once you’ve updated all apps, check if the camera app is working okay.
  • Next, boot your S8 into safe mode. You can do this by switching your smartphone. Hold the power button until you see the Samsung logo on the screen. Next, long-press the volume button for the phone to reboot and enter safe mode. Should the error persist even after doing this, then a 3rd-party app is likely the cause. Try the elimination method by uninstalling apps one at a time and checking. You want to uninstall only apps that were installed prior to the issue occurring. 

And that’s how to fix ‘camera failed’ on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9 smartphones. Did any of the solutions above resolve your camera issue? We’re always excited to hear from our readers about solutions that have worked for them. So please do not hesitate to share it with us in the comments section below. 

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