nexus 5 camera not focusing

In this article we are going to learn how to fix Nexus 5 camera not focusing problem. The Nexus 5 is one of the cheapest smartphones you can find on the market for the price. You can buy a Nexus 5 for around $300 which is a low price considering the specifications this phone has.

The Nexus 5 has a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB RAM, 5″ Full HD screen and 2300 mAh battery. For these specifications the Nexus 5 is well worth the price. But not all things are perfect. The device has a 8 MP rear camera which even though it looks nice, it isn’t the best camera in the world.

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The Nexus 5 is a device without many problems but the biggest issue it has is the camera. There have been a lot of problems reported for the Nexus 5 camera. Some units capture low quality videos, sensors can get easily scratched and in this case, the camera is unable to focus on the subject. Photos look washed out and not nice at all.

nexus 5 camera not focusing

This problem has been reported after Android 4.4.4 update and until now there isn’t any official confirmation from Google. There are a few ways to fix Nexus 5 camera not focusing problem.

Wipe App Data

Sometimes, the camera app can get corrupted. This means that a few features of the app might not work correctly. In this case, the focus feature has been corrupted and the phone cannot focus properly no matter how many times you try. To wipe data and cache of an application go to Settings > Application Manager > All Apps and scroll down until you find the camera app. Click on it and then tap wipe data and wipe cache. This will bring the camera app to its factory settings. Reboot your Nexus 5 and open the camera app. Now it should work.

Factory Reset

If wiping the app cache and data didn’t work, another option is to factory reset your Nexus 5. A factory reset will delete all installed applications but will leave photos, music and videos. To make a factory reset go to Recovery mode and press “Wipe data & factory reset” option.

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Downgrading to Android 4.4.3 KitKat

Since the problem has been reported after Android 4.4.4 KitKat update, it is a good idea to downgrade to Android 4.4.3. Downgrading will fix the camera not focusing problem. To downgrade to Android 4.4.3 you should download a  4.4.3 custom ROM and flash it through Recovery.

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  • mxd52

    Tried all but no luck, any other tip?

    • You might have a defective unit. It is a good idea to send it back to the store to get it checked.