Galaxy S6 camera stuck in selfie mode, won’t charge or turn on, other issues

Here is another post that will teach you how to address some of the common #GalaxyS6 problems. As usual, the problems we cover today are taken from reports we received from our readers over the recent days so we hope you’ll find this one a helpful read.

Below are the specific topics we are discussing today:

  1. Water damaged Galaxy S6 edge screen won’t work | How to recover files from wet Galaxy S6 edge
  2. Galaxy S6 not charging anymore | Galaxy S6 won’t charge or turn on
  3. Galaxy S6 not dialing the correct contact number
  4. Galaxy S6 keeps showing “Camera failed” error | Galaxy S6 camera stuck in selfie mode
  5. Network services of AT&T Galaxy S6 not fully working when used in Kenya
  6. Galaxy S6 ringtone and notification volume setup

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Problem #1: Water damaged Galaxy S6 edge screen won’t work | How to recover files from wet Galaxy S6 edge

I have a Galaxy S6 edge and I cracked the screen and ended up dropping it in water. It was working just fine before I dropped it into water. I can plug the phone up and the screen works but i can’t seem to turn it on. I plug it in and the charging screen appears. I just received a new phone. I just want to be able to get my pictures and all my contacts off. Can you help??

I’ve tried to try the down load function using the volume down and home screen buttons and nothing happens. i know they are working though because when its charging I can make the screen get brighter with them. — Jesseclements95

Solution: Hi Jesseclements95. One of the necessary conditions to recover files from a smartphone is to ensure that it powers on. The Nand chip, the storage device where user data such as photos and videos are stored, must be energized so that it can be accessed. This and together with a normally working operating system are the primary requirements that must be fulfilled first. If you can’t interact with the operating system because the screen remains black or unresponsive, there’s no point to attempt to recover your files. Try to have the phone repaired first to see if the screen can work so you can attempt another file recovery.

You can try to connect to your phone to a PC to see if it can be detected. If a computer can’t detect the storage device, you’re out of luck.

Problem #2: Galaxy S6 not charging anymore | Galaxy S6 won’t charge or turn on

Just last night I plugged in my Galaxy S6 but when I woke up it was still at only 60%. I could not get the connection to stay where it was charging. It kept beeping as if starting to charge and then stop. On the way to work it did the same thing in my car charger–it would plug in and say charging and then beep and not be charging. Then at work I have a charger and it did the same thing when I plugged it in–would say charging and then start beeping. It would say charging at work for a while and then when I would check the % charged it was going down. Then it stopped even trying to charge when I plugged it in. No sound or message of charging.

A lady I work with had her factory Galaxy S6 charger with her that works on her phone, but when I plug it into my S6 nothing happens. No sound or message to indicate it’s charging. — Chuck

Solution: Hi Chuck. An issue like this can just as easily be caused by software glitch as much as hardware malfunction, so the first thing that you want to know is if the issue can be solved by software solutions. That said, you want to try all relevant software troubleshooting for this case.

  1. Observe the phone while charging in safe mode. The first thing that you want to try is to boot the phone to safe mode. This is to check if a third party app is causing a conflict somewhere, which results to erratic charging behavior. Safe mode prevents services and apps from loading. This means only pre-installed apps will be running while charging. If the phone charges normally while in safe mode, that’s an indicator that one  of your third party apps is problematic. If you haven’t tried booting to safe mode before, here are the steps:
    • Make sure your phone is powered off
    • Once your device is switched off, press and hold the Volume down key.
    • While continuously holding down the Volume key, press the Power key briefly to power up your device.
    • Your phone will now power up in Safe Mode. By then you can stop pressing the Volume down key.
    • Swipe the screen to show the Safe mode icon. When you see this icon, it denotes you’re in Safe mode and can use your phone as normal but without any third party applications running or available.
  2. Wipe the cache partition. Another good software solution that you can try is to wipe the cache partition. Doing so will help ensure that the phone’s system cache is up-to-date. Here’s how it’s done:
    • Turn off the device.
    • Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, and Power key.
    • When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
    • When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
    • Press the Volume Down key to highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
    • Press the Power key to select.
    • When the wipe cache partition is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
    • Press the Power key to restart the device.
  3. Do a factory reset. As the name suggests, factory reset will restore all software settings to their factory state. If the root of the problem is due to an operating system glitch, factory reset should be able to fix it. Factory reset is the ultimate software solution that you can do so if nothing positive comes out of it, you can assume that there must be bad hardware behind the trouble. Below are the steps on how to factory reset your Galaxy S6:
    • Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
    • Press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power keys together.
    • When the device powers on and displays ‘Power on logo’, release all keys and the Android icon will appear on the screen.
    • Wait until the Android Recovery Screen appears after about 30 seconds.
    • Using the Volume Down key, highlight the option, ‘wipe data/factory reset’ and press the Power key to select it.
    • Press the Volume Down button again until the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ is highlighted and then press the Power key to select it.
    • After the reset is complete, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and hit the Power key to restart the phone.
  4. Check the charging port for damage or dirt. If there’s a hardware component that most often fails due to wear and tear, it’s the charging port. The health of this component depends on how careful you are when it comes to plugging and unplugging the charger. If you take plugging and unplugging for granted, wiggling the charger side to side or forcing an inverted charger head into the port, you can not expect this component to last very long. Doing so will most likely result to damaged pin/s inside the port, which can, in turn lead to erratic charging behavior. To check the condition of the port inside, try using a magnifying glass. If you’ll notice that a pin or pins are bent, you must submit the phone for repair so the charging port can be replaced. You also want to check for dirt or debris that might interfere with the charger when you insert it to the port. Try blowing compressed air into the port to remove foreign objects or debris that might lead to an issue.
  5. Have the phone repaired. Sometimes, a bad battery can also manifest in an issue like yours so the next best thing that you want to do is seek the aid of professionals so the hardware can be examined. If battery is fine, there must be other hardware components that have stopped working properly. If the phone is still covered by a Samsung warranty, a much better option for you would be to seek for a replacement.

Problem #3: Galaxy S6 not dialing the correct contact number

My husband has a Samsung S6 phone. He has included me as a contact. Problem is when he calls my cell number which does show in his contact list in little numbers, his phone dials instead our home phone number which appears in his contact list in big numbers.

Also, when I call his number from my cell, in his log my call shows as coming from the home phone and not from the cell phone from which the call was actually made on. Can you tell us if the problem on his Samsung and the way he added me as a contact or is the problem somehow due to my cell phone? — Mahearn

Solution: Hi Mahearn. The problem must lie on the way your husband created his contacts list. To fix the problem, you can ask him to delete all contact names that has your numbers so he can recreate a SINGLE account with your name and all your numbers. His phone may be confused with what contact to use, especially if he has multiple accounts that has your name. If possible, let him use one account only to prevent the issue from happening in the future again. This can be done by doing the following:

  1. Open the Contacts app.
  2. Tap More.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Go to Contacts to display section and select one account only.

Problem #4: Galaxy S6 keeps showing “Camera failed” error | Galaxy S6 camera stuck in selfie mode

My 18 month old S6 with no damage has a “Camera Failed” error message when choosing the camera app Icon. It is stuck in “selfie” mode and unusable. However, the camera works fine with any/all other apps that connect with the camera, i.e. text attachment, photo compass, etc.

I am not ready to do a full factory reset until I have explored “ALL” options since the camera does at time function. Any help and/or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks. Regards. — Tom

Solution: Hi Tom. If you haven’t yet, try wiping the cache and data of the camera app. This will force the phone to virtually “reinstall” the app, which should reset all settings of the said app. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Open the Settings menu either through your notification shade (drop-down) or through the Settings app in your app drawer.
  2. Navigate down to “Apps”. This may be renamed to something like Applications or Application Manager in OEM skinned versions of Android 6.0.
  3. Once in there, click on an application.
  4. You’ll now see a list of stuff that gives you information about the app, including Storage, Permissions, Memory Use, and more. These are all clickable items. You’ll want to click on Storage.
  5. You should now clearly see the Clear Data and Clear Cache buttons for the application.

There’s also a chance that a third party app is behind the trouble so before you commit to factory reset, you can try it instead. Safe mode blocks third party apps so want to observe how the camera app works when only pre-installed apps are running. Here’s how to boot to safe mode:

  1. Make sure your phone is powered off
  2. Once your device is switched off, press and hold the Volume down key.
  3. While continuously holding down the Volume key, press the Power key briefly to power up your device.
  4. Your phone will now power up in Safe Mode. By then you can stop pressing the Volume down key.
  5. Swipe the screen to show the Safe mode icon. When you see this icon, it denotes you’re in Safe mode and can use your phone as normal but without any third party applications running or available.

Should nothing change, do a factory reset.

Problem #5: Network services of AT&T Galaxy S6 not fully working when used in Kenya

I was given a present by a friend who currently stays in the USA. A mobile phone Samsung S6 edge plus model number Samsung SM-G928A with a android version 5.1.1. This phone is customised to AT&T carrier and 4G. Am currently using it in Kenya but don’t enjoy using it. The main issue is that most times I am offline and most of my contacts can’t reach me.

Secondly, when i replace the SIM to Airtel, it doesn’t recognise the SIM. It has no option of regulating networks from 4G,3G 2G. Most apps are customised to AT&T. How do i sort this? Suggestion have been rife that i change the motherboard and it would work. Others suggest i change the firmware and yet others say the unlocking wasn’t complete. What do i do? — Titus

Solution: Hi Titus. There can be a number of things to consider if you want to fix an issue like the one you’re experiencing so let’s stick to the most important ones.

  1. There’s no such thing as fully compatible phone. You must remember that your phone is not originally designed to work with your current carrier’s network. It was originally manufactured by Samsung to be used by AT&T, which may be using different network protocols/standards. This means that there’s a chance your phone’s hardware and software may not fully compatible with your current carrier’s system. What this translates to your experience is that some functionalities, especially network-related ones may not work as expected. In some cases, SMS may work perfectly while MMS doesn’t. In others, voice calls may not work at all, although SMS and MMS may be working just fine.
  2. Difference between CDMA vs GSM. CDMA and GSM are two most commonly used wireless technology standards in the world today. In the United States, Verizon and Sprint are the major CDMA technology users while AT&T and T-Mobile are using GSM. CDMA phones are significantly different from GSM phones in that they don’t use SIM cards. In a CDMA phone, subscriber information are buried deep in the phone’s software so unlocking it to make it work in other networks can be tricky, if not difficult. In some instances, you can’t even use a CDMA phone to another CDMA network. It’s not uncommon to encounter reports from users with a CDMA phone complaining some network functions are not working on another network. It must also be noted that CDMA phones don’t use SIM cards. In most cases, CDMA phones may have SIM card slots in them but only if the network offers 4G LTE, which is a modified GSM technology. In this case, the SIM card can be used to provide 4G LTE service but nothing more. Voice calls, SMS, and MMS services will only be allowed if the phone is registered in a CDMA network in the first place. On the other hand, GSM phones are relatively easy to use in other networks because such phones are designed to store subscriber information in a SIM card. As long as the phone has been properly network unlocked, you should be able to use a GSM phone in other GSM networks, provided the operating frequency band is compatible with that of the new network.
  3. Even GSM phones may not work in another GSM network. Having a network unlocked GSM phone, which means that the previous carrier has cleared the device from their system after a full payment, is not a guarantee that you can use it to any GSM network around the world. Every smartphone can only work in particular set of radio frequencies. For instance, an AT&T Galaxy S6 may only work on the following frequency bands:

GSM Mhz band  |    Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900

2G network         |    GSM 850/900/1800/1900

3G network         |    UMTS 850/1700/1900/2100

4G network          |   LTE Cat9 700/800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,12,17,20)

4. Carriers can have limited coverage. If you notice that you tend to have good signal reception in one place but not in another, that may be due to your carrier’s network coverage limitations. Talk to your carrier’s technical support team to see if that’s the case.If your carrier in Kenya does not operate in any of these 2G frequencies (GSM 850/900/1800/1900), you may experience problems with SMS, MMS, and voice calls. To know if your phone is compatible with your carrier’s frequency bands, do a little Google search to find the exact frequency bands of the said device and compare it with your carrier’s.

5. Blame the phone. If everything appears to be working as far as your carrier’s services and coverage are concerned, the problem must be phone specific. To save your from headaches, find a phone that’s fully compatible with your network’s requirements.

Problem #6: Galaxy S6 ringtone and notification volume setup

Ever since I did a systems update, i can no longer set my ring tone settings and notification settings separate. This has been a HUGE hassle for me when I need to hear a low ringtone for calls without all other notifications. I had been just turning everything on vibrate at work but with that i missed a medical emergency at home with my mom who is now in hospital, because we almost got to hear too late and her condition is still somewhat critical. But going back, I really need this setting to go back to the way it was when I could turn up ringtone without every other notification being turned up too. HELP PLEASE!!! — Rachel

Solution: Hi Rachel. Two things. First, we want to remind you that Android operating system is not stagnant. It is an ever evolving system and sometimes major changes may be introduced via updates. If you want to revert to the previous operating system version (which we don’t recommend for security reasons), it’s your call. You can do that by flashing the previous version through Odin mode. Use Google to search for instructions.

Second, we don’t think there’s any way you can set a particular notification or ring tone volume in both Android Lollipop and Android Marshmallow so you must be using older Android version or a third party app. If you want to change the volume of ringtone and notifications in Lollipop and Marshmallow (Android 5.0 and Android 6.0, respectively), you must do so under Settings>Sounds and notifications.


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