Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Front Camera is Blurry on Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 – How to Fix

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 has a 10 MP, f/2.4, 26mm (wide), 1.22µm front camera that can take HDR images/videos, and record up to 4K at 30 fps. It is one of the components that make the device stand out.

But unfortunately, users have reported that their Z Flip 3’s front camera produces blurry images and videos. We know how frustrating this can be.

Most of the time, this issue is a result of a hardware problem with the front camera unit. However, software issues such as bugs in the camera app or system can also contribute to blurry images and videos. 

That is why we dedicated our time to creating this guide to help you troubleshoot and fix the blurry front camera on your Galaxy Z Flip 3. Let’s start with the first fix!

Fix 01: Clean the Front Camera Area

It is obvious that one of the most common reasons for a blurry front camera is the accumulation of dust and debris on the camera lens. Dust or other particle obstruction can distort the light entering the lens, leading to unclear, foggy, or blurry images and videos.

To resolve this, you should clean the front camera area of your Z Flip 3. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Power off your device: To avoid any accidental damage, it’s best to turn off your device before cleaning.
  2. Use a microfiber cloth: This type of cloth is gentle on your device and effectively removes dust and smudges without scratching the lens.
  3. Gently wipe the front camera area: Apply gentle pressure and clean in a circular motion. Avoid rubbing too hard as it could potentially damage the lens.
  4. Inspect the lens: After cleaning, inspect the lens to ensure all dust and debris have been removed. If necessary, repeat the cleaning process.
Clean the Front Camera

Fix 02: Clear Camera App Cache

It is also possible the blurry front camera issue on your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 could be caused by the camera app cache. The reason is if the camera cache is corrupted, the app may not function properly to focus on objects.

But there is an easy solution for this, which is clearing the camera app cache (Don’t worry this won’t remove the photos and videos taken from your Z Flip 3’s front camera).

To clear the camera app cache:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.
  2. Scroll down and tap on ‘Apps.
Apps
  1. In the list of apps, find and tap on Camera.
app Camera
  1. Once you’re in the Camera app info page, tap on Storage.
camera app Storage
  1. Here, you’ll see the options to Clear Cache and Clear Data.
  2. Tap on Clear Cache.
camera Clear Cache

Fix 03: Clear Camera App Data

If the camera cache is not the issue, it could be the camera app data causing the blurry selfies/videos. 

Typically, camera data includes preferences you have made to the camera app settings. If these settings cause blurry images, the issue can easily be resolved by clearing the camera app data.

However, when you clear the camera app data, all the settings of the camera app will be reset to their default, which means you’ll need to reconfigure any custom settings you had in the camera app.

Here are the steps to clear the camera app data:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Apps.
Apps
  1. In the list of apps, find and tap on Camera.
app Camera
  1. Tap on Storage.
camera app Storage
  1. Finally, tap on Clear Data and confirm your action.
Camera Clear Data

Fix 04: Do a Software Update

It is also possible the blurry front camera issue on your Galaxy Z Flip 3 is caused by outdated software. The software of your device controls how the hardware works, including the camera. If there are bugs or glitches in the software, it can lead to issues like a blurry front camera.

Samsung frequently releases software updates to fix such issues. Therefore, check if your Z Flip 3 has received a software update to install.

To check for updates (and install), follow these steps:

  1. Tap on the Settings icon .
  2. Scroll down and tap on Software update.
Software update1
  1. Tap on Download and install.
Download and install
  1. If there is a software update available, your device will start downloading it. Make sure your device is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network and has enough battery life to complete the update process.

Fix 05: Install a Third-Party Camera App

If you’ve tried all the above solutions and your Galaxy Z Flip 3’s front camera is still producing blurry images and videos, you need to check if the camera unit is defective.

The best way to check this is by installing a third-party camera app. We recommend trying the Open Camera app, which is available for free on the Google Play Store, also a reliable tool for this test.

Here’s how to install and use Open Camera:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.
  2. Search for Open Camera in the search bar.
play store search Open Camera
  1. Tap on Install to download and install the app.
open camera app Install
  1. Once installed, open the app and allow the necessary permissions.
  2. Now, try taking a few photos or videos with the front camera using the Open Camera app.
open Camera app

If the images and videos taken with Open Camera are clear, the issue is not with your device’s camera unit but with the default camera app. In this case, you have to use Open Camera or another third-party camera app as a temporary solution while waiting for another software update from Samsung.

However, if the images and videos are still blurry, this means that the problem could be with the hardware of the front camera itself. 

Since hardware issues are complex and beyond this level of troubleshooting, it is best to take the device to a Samsung repair center.

Before you go, remember to check the warranty of your Z Flip 3. If it is still under warranty, the repair will be done for free.

James

James is the leader of our website and brings a wealth of knowledge in hardware troubleshooting. With his background as a certified electronic technician and experience working at a smartphone repair shop, James has an intimate understanding of the inner workings of high-end smartphones. He will guide users through various steps to identify hardware issues and provide practical solutions. While James won’t dive into intricate technical details, he aims to empower users to take action and resolve hardware problems.