Resolving the Galaxy Tab’s “Warning: Camera Failed” Error

Generally speaking, Samsung’s Galaxy tablets have proven to be remarkably reliable and user-friendly devices. That said, no device is perfect, and some users have reported a few common technical hiccups since the latest models were released last year.

One of these issues is an error message that reads “Warning: Camera Failed” upon initializing the default camera app on the Galaxy Tab.

In some cases the error message will crop up intermittently, and in others it will pop up every time the app is opened.

Potential causes of the error include corrupted caches, interference from other apps and features, and simple glitches in the app itself. Today we’ll help you troubleshoot this common issue so you can get back to taking great photos on your Galaxy Tab.

Restart the Camera App

Let’s start with the obvious solution. If this is the first time you’ve encountered the error, it could just be a simple glitch in the camera app. If you restart the app and it initializes without the error, then it might have just been a one-off problem. If the error returns, it’s time to take additional steps.

Disable Smart Stay

Some users have linked the error to Samsung’s handy Smart Stay feature which keeps your display on as long as you’re looking at your tablet. It’s a useful feature, but not an essential one. If you can live without it, try disabling it from the “apps” section of your device settings. If the error persists with Smart Stay disabled, there’s likely another culprit behind the problem.

Clear the App’s Cache

Next, let’s try clearing the cache in your camera app. Return to the “apps” section of your device settings and find the Application Manager. Swipe to the “all” tab and find the Camera app. Before clearing the cache, touch “Force Close” to ensure the app is closed. Then tap “storage,” “clear cache” and “clear data” and confirm with “delete.” If clearing the app cache doesn’t fix the problem, you can try clearing the system cache as well.

Perform Hard Reset

As a last resort, you can perform a hard reset to eliminate corrupted data and files that could be causing the camera error. Be sure to back up any data you want to keep beforehand, as the hard reset will restore your tablet to its factory default settings.

If you’re struggling with this or any other technical issues with your Samsung Galaxy Tab, the talented technicians at WhiteBox Service can help. Submit your repair order online, or give us a call today to learn more.

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