How to fix Galaxy A80 camera won’t focus or blurry | Camera not working

One of the best mid-range phones that you can buy right now is the Galaxy A80. It packs most of what Samsung phones usually offers and it features a powerful camera configuration too. However, if you’re having a problem with it your Galaxy A80 camera won’t focus or blurry, you may find out that there’s not much online help out there. This article provides the solution that you can try if you’re wondering how to fix the problem.

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Fix Galaxy A80 camera won’t focus or blurry | Camera not working

Camera issues on Galaxy devices are usually caused by a software glitch, app bug, or hardware malfunction. In this short tutorial, we’ll show you the ways to fix Galaxy A80 camera won’t focus issue.

A80 camera won’t focus fix #1: Clean the lens

This may sound a no-brainer but we’ve seen a lot of cases when a dirty camera lens is the sole reason for camera focusing issues on Samsung Galaxy devices. Before you perform any troubleshooting step on your device, we highly recommend that you clean the camera lens. It’s easy to do and won’t take a few seconds of your time. The Galaxy A80 camera setup takes a significant space on your device so be sure to wipe the lens with a clean, soft cloth. Once you’re positive that you’ve taken any smudges or dirt that may have accumulated on the lens, check for the issue again. If your Galaxy A80 camera still won’t focus, proceed to the next troubleshooting steps below.

A80 camera won’t focus fix #2: Keep device still

Your phone’s camera app is equipped with smart technology that should make taking photos a breeze. However, when it comes to capturing sharp pictures, you still have to make sure that you minimize movement of the device as much as possible. Although the Auto-focus feature is there to help, it’s not a perfect system. Try to position your subject about 3 feet from the phone and make sure that it doesn’t move when you’re taking a photo. If you’re trying to take a picture of a moving object, you might have to trade sharpness for a well-composed shot in the process. The general rule when taking a photo in whatever smartphone is to keep movement as low as possible. If you’re already doing that but your photos still come up out-of-focus or blurry, there might be a problem with the device. Continue with the troubleshooting steps below to fix it.

A80 camera won’t focus fix #2: Install updates

Keeping the software environment of your Galaxy A80 up-to-date is important. Not only do updates bring cosmetic changes but they also fix known bugs. Although not generally known by many Android users, installing updates sometimes also bring needed fixes for known bugs. Make sure that you don’t delay the installation of any system or app updates. By default, your phone should notify you of any available updates but in case you turn this mechanism off, it’s high time that you manually check for them.

To check for Android or system update:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Software update.
  3. Tap Download and install.
  4. Wait for the device to check for updates.
  5. Install the update. If there’s no new update, your phone should tell you so.

For carrier-branded Galaxy A80 devices, or those that were provided by your carrier, there may not be an option to manually check for updates. All you have to do is to simply confirm if there’s a notification for an update and allow update installation.

To check for app updates:

  1. Open Play Store app.
  2. Tap More settings icon (at the upper left).
  3. Tap My apps & games.
  4. Tap Update all button.

If you want to only check manually if your Camera app is up-to-date, you can do these steps:

  1. Open Camera app.
  2. Tap Settings icon (cog icon at the upper left).
  3. Scroll down to the bottom and tap About Camera.
  4. Tap on Update button. If there’s no update button, that means that the app is updated.

A80 camera won’t focus fix #3: Perform soft reset

If it’s updated but your Galaxy A80 still won’t focus, your next move is to restart it. This should clear the system and possibly get rid of the bug as well. To do that, simply press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons for about 10 seconds. Once the phone has restarted, release the buttons. This is usually effective in clearing bugs that developed when a system is left running for some time. We suggest that you restart your A80 using this method at least once a week to lessen the chances of bugs.

For some Galaxy A80, there may be a slightly different way to arrive at the same method. Here’s how:

  1. Press and hold the Power + Volume Down buttons for approximately 10 seconds or until the device power cycles. Allow several seconds for the Maintenance Boot Mode screen to appear.
  2. From the Maintenance Boot Mode screen, select Normal Boot. You can use the volume buttons to cycle through the available options and the lower left button (below the volume buttons) to select. Wait for up to 90 seconds for the reset to complete.

A80 camera won’t focus fix #4: Force quit camera app

One of the first things that you can do when facing camera problems on your Galaxy A80 is to restart the app itself. Once you’ve opened an app, it stays running in the background and overtime, may develop a temporary bug. To see if a minor bug is to blame, make sure to force quit the app before using it again. Here’s how:

  1. On your screen, tap the Recent Apps soft key (the one with three vertical lines on the left of the Home button).
  2. Once the Recent Apps screen is shown, swipe left or right to look for the Instagram app. It should be here if you managed to run it previously. Then, swipe up on the app to close it. This should force close it. If it’s not there, simply tap the Close All app to also restart all apps.

Another way to force close an app is this:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap the More settings icon (three-dot icon, upper right).
  4. Tap Show system apps.
  5. Find and tap the camera app.
  6. Tap Force Stop.

If both of these procedures won’t help in fixing the bug, proceed to the rest of the troubleshooting below.

A80 camera won’t focus fix #5: Take note of error

Are you getting an error message when your A80 camera won’t focus? Does the camera itself keeps crashing? Is there a message that shows up when the camera appears to behave erratically? Any error or message that shows up can be key to solving the problem. Developers usually add errors to help a user or a troubleshooting technician narrow down the causes. If you’re getting one, take note of it and do a quick Google search it. Common errors usually have solutions online.

A80 camera won’t focus fix #6: Delete Camera app cache

Clearing the cache of a problem app is another basic troubleshooting step that you can do in this situation. Learn how to do it below.

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap the More settings icon (three-dot icon, upper right).
  4. Tap Show system apps.
  5. Find and tap Camera app.
  6. Tap Storage.
  7. Tap Clear cache button.
  8. Restart the phone and check for the problem.

A80 camera won’t focus fix #7: Reset Camera app

If your Galaxy A80 camera problems remain after clearing the camera app, try to return the camera app to its factory state. Here’s how:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap the More settings icon (three-dot icon, upper right).
  4. Tap Show system apps.
  5. Find and tap Camera app.
  6. Tap Storage.
  7. Tap Clear data button.
  8. Restart the phone and check for the problem.

A80 camera won’t focus fix #8: Clear cache partition

Android depends on a set of temporary files called system cache to load apps quickly. If this cache gets corrupted or outdated, a device may suddenly lag, freeze, or show signs of slow performance. At other times, uncommon glitches may occur as well as overall performance of the system may also be affected. To ensure that your A80 has good system cache, we suggest that you clear it once every few months. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Bixby key, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the green Android logo displays, release all keys (‘Installing system update’ will show for about 30 – 60 seconds before showing the Android system recovery menu options).
  4. Press the Volume down key several times to highlight ‘wipe cache partition’.
  5. Press Power button to select.
  6. Press the Volume down key until ‘yes’ is highlighted and press the Power button.
  7. When the wipe cache partition is complete, “Reboot system now” is highlighted.
  8. Press the Power key to restart the device.

A80 camera won’t focus fix #9: Check for bad third party app

Some camera problems on Galaxy devices are caused by third party apps. If you happen to install a new app before noticing the problem, that app is probably to blame. Try to delete that app and see what happens. If you can’t recall which of your apps is causing the problem, you can restart the phone to safe mode. To do that, you want to restart the device to safe mode.  Here’s how to do that:

  1. Press and hold the Power button until the Power off window appears then release.
  2. Touch and hold Power off until the Safe mode prompt appears then release.
  3. To confirm, tap Safe mode.
  4. The process may take up to 30 seconds to complete.
  5. Upon reboot, “Safe mode” appears in the lower-left of the home screen.

Remember that third-party applications are disabled in this mode so what you can use are pre-installed apps. If the touchscreen issue won’t appear on safe mode, that means that the problem is due to a bad app. Uninstall the app you recently installed and see if that will fix it. If the problem remains, use the process of elimination to identify the rogue app. Here’s how:

  1. Boot to safe mode.
  2. Check for the problem.
  3. Once you’ve confirmed that a third party app is to blame, you can start uninstalling apps individually. We suggest that you begin with the most recent ones you added.
  4. After you uninstall an app, restart the phone to normal mode and check for the problem.
  5. If your A80 is still problematic, repeat steps 1-4.

A80 camera won’t focus fix #10: Reset all settings

Resetting all settings on your A80 is like a factory reset, minus the deletion of your personal data and some other things. If Phone has stopped error continues at this time, make sure to reset all settings on your device with these steps:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap General management.
  3. Tap Reset.
  4. Tap Reset settings.
  5. Tap Reset settings button to confirm.

A80 camera won’t focus fix #11: Factory reset

If your Galaxy A80 camera still won’t focus at this time, your final move would be to factory reset the device. If the reason for the problem is software-related, this solution should help. Below are the two ways to factory reset your A80:

Method 1: How to hard reset on Samsung Galaxy A80 via Settings Menu

This is the easiest way to wipe your Galaxy A80. all you have to do is to go under Settings menu and follow the steps below. We recommend this method if you have no trouble going under Settings.

  1. Create a backup of your personal data and remove your Google account.
  2. Open Settings app.
  3. Scroll to and tap General management.
  4. Tap Reset.
  5. Select Factory data reset from the given options.
  6. Read the information then tap Reset to continue.
  7. Tap Delete All to confirm action.

Method 2: How to hard reset on Samsung Galaxy A80 using hardware buttons

If your case is that the phone is not booting up, or it boots but Settings menu is inaccessible, this method can be helpful. First, you need to boot the device to Recovery Mode. Once you successfully access Recovery, that’s the time that you begin proper master reset procedure. It may take some tries for you before you can access Recovery so be patient and simply try again.

  1. If possible, create a backup of your personal data ahead of time. If your problem prevents you from doing that, then simply skip this step.
  2. Also, you want to make sure that you remove your Google account. If your problem prevents you from doing that, then simply skip this step.
  3. Turn off the device. This is important. If you can’t turn it off, you’ll never be able to boot to Recovery Mode. If you are not able to shut the device off regularly via the Power button, wait until the phone’s battery is drained. Then, charge the phone for 30 minutes before booting to Recovery Mode.
  4. Press and hold the Volume Up button and the Bixby button at the same time.
  5. While still holding the Volume Up and Bixby keys, press and hold the Power button.
  6. The Recovery screen menu will now appear. When you see this, release the buttons.
  7. Use the Volume Down button until you are highlighting ‘Wipe data/factory reset.’
  8. Press the Power button to select ‘Wipe data/factory reset.’
  9. Use Volume Down to highlight Yes.
  10. Press the Power button to confirm factory reset.

A80 camera won’t focus fix #12: Get help from Samsung

Although it’s rare to have camera troubles on Samsung Galaxy devices due to hardware malfunction, there have been multiple cases in the past when it happens. If factory reset has not fixed the issue at this point, make sure to contact Samsung so you can set up repair or replacement. Alternatively, you can visit your local Samsung store or Service Center for help.


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