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Thursday, January 26th, 2017 12:57 AM

Samsung Galaxy "Camera Failed" Fix

This is not a question, but rather a possible answer to a lot of posts about the "Warning: Camera Failed" error on Galaxy devices when trying to start the Camera app. Short of a factory reset, I had tried all of the standard troubleshooting steps found in multiple forum posts. What has worked for me on two Galaxy devices (S2 and S5) is to open the Gallery app and keep it open for at least a minute. This allows it to scan the device for photos and build a cache. The Camera and Gallery apps are connected, as the Gallery app is used by Camera to open and browse photos taken. For whatever reason, allowing Gallery to open and scan for photos before opening Camera has resolved the "Camera Failed" error for me multiple times.

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6 years ago

Since my original post, I've found that the Camera Failed issue is also power-related. I have resolved the error simply by connecting the charge cable or, most recently, by shutting the phone down and holding the power button for several seconds. Laptops frequently have power-related issues where certain components won't work until you unplug the power, remove the battery and hold down the power button for 30 seconds. It flushes the power system somehow. I'm going to continue to experiment as the Camera Failed error recurs on my phone. It seems to be totally random, and it apparently can have multiple causes and solutions.

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6 years ago

OK, after some additional research and testing, the problem does seem to be power-related. I just had the Camera Failed error. I powered off the phone, removed the battery and held down the power button for 30 seconds. On restart, the camera worked again. This is the same fix as used on laptops when a device fails. The process drains power capacitors, as I understand it. Some Galaxy phones must have a design flaw related to the camera and power system. It seems to be a widespread issue for an otherwise amazing device.

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5 years ago

 
Hi New_User2013 Teacher,

I really appreciate the resolution you have provided in this post. I have drained the power as mentioned it and it really wokred !!!

Kudos to you.  Smiley Happy Smiley Happy

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5 years ago

I'm glad this post may have helped some people.  I can confirm that removing the battery and holding down the power button for at least two minutes fixes the problem for me temporarily.  This is apparently a known issue with some Galaxy S5's.

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