Why is My iPhone Camera Shaking & How to Fix It

Is your iPhone screen vibrating, shaking, flickering, jumping between lenses, or experiencing similar issues while using the Camera app? We can help!

Some users with the new iPhone 13 and older iPhone models have been experiencing some issues with their cameras since getting the latest software update. Although this issue may fix itself in a future Apple update, there are steps you can take today to get your iPhone camera working again!

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Apple Warning: Motorcycle Vibrations May Damage iPhone Camera

Although the iPhone camera shaking issues may be caused by various other factors, on September 10, 2021, Apple announced that exposure to high amplitude vibrations might degrade your iPhone and cause camera issues. This only happens within specific frequency ranges, such as those generated by high-power motorcycle engines.

How to Fix iPhone Camera Jumping between Lenses

If your iPhone camera keeps focusing incorrectly or jumping between lenses automatically, causing an unsightly dip while recording videos, you may be able to fix this by adjusting your settings. Before you do that, you may want to try a few other troubleshooting steps.

  1. Clean your iPhone camera lens with a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth, preferably a lens cloth. Even a tiny bit of dust can affect your iPhone’s Autofocus.
  2. Remove your phone case and see if it is still happening. Some phone cases may interfere with the camera Autofocus without you realizing it.
  3. Restart your iPhone. This often-overlooked step can fix many bugs and doesn't take a lot of time or effort. Try it now and see if it helps!
  4. Check for a software update. Especially if your issues started with an update, another update might be available to fix known bugs.
  5. Next, check your Camera app settings and try toggling on Lock Camera.
  6. If none of these steps work and your camera isn’t usable, you may want to consider resetting your iPhone to factory settings. This would require a full backup and can take a long time.

If this still doesn't help, you may have a faulty device. Visit a local Apple store and see if they can replace it. Keep in mind that you'll need to back it up if you get it replaced, so consider trying step six as a last resort before going to Apple.

How to Toggle On Lock Camera

The Lock Camera settings prevents your lenses from switching automatically. To turn Lock Camera on:

  1. Open Settings.

    Open Settings.
  2. Tap Camera.

    Tap on Camera.
  3. Tap Record Video.

    Tap Record Video.
  4. Toggle on Lock Camera.

    Toggle on Lock Camera.

If this doesn't help, try turning off automatic Macro Mode next.

Why Is Your iPhone Camera Shaking after Update?

While Apple is constantly working on fixing bugs, improving features, and adding new capabilities via software updates, sometimes an update can cause issues. While it is best to wait for Apple to release a new software update that will fix any known bugs, which can happen quickly if there are significant issues, it is also possible to downgrade to older software

Keep in mind that there are many downsides to downgrading, so make sure you understand the possible issues that may arise, such as issues with your Apple Watch. Plus, using an older iOS can make your iPhone susceptible to security problems that have been resolved in newer updates. Even though new software may have some issues, it is always best to keep your iPhone running on the latest iOS.

We hope these tips helped you fix your iPhone camera issues. With such an amazing camera, it is extra frustrating when your iPhone camera won't work. For more iPhone tips, such as how to zoom out in Portrait mode, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.