1. zerge man's Avatar
    So my Galaxy s4, the stock camera app wont auto focus. I have tried to download another camera app and that didn't help. I have cleared the cache for the app itself and I have put my phone into recovery mode and cleared the cache there. Anyone know what is up with this thing? It ticks me off.

    Kernel version
    3.4.0-2048698

    Android version
    4.3

    Can anyone help me figure out the problem here? And how to fix it?
    03-03-2014 06:27 PM
  2. Almeuit's Avatar
    What happens when you tap on an area when taking a picture? Does the box show up? Anything of that nature?

    Sent from my T-Mobile Note 3 using AC Forums.
    03-03-2014 06:49 PM
  3. mhinc's Avatar
    So my Galaxy s4, the stock camera app wont auto focus. I have tried to download another camera app and that didn't help. I have cleared the cache for the app itself and I have put my phone into recovery mode and cleared the cache there. Anyone know what is up with this thing? It ticks me off.

    Kernel version
    3.4.0-2048698

    Android version
    4.3

    Can anyone help me figure out the problem here? And how to fix it?
    When it doubt. Factory reset. If that doesn't work, warranty.
    03-04-2014 05:22 AM
  4. sasha's Avatar
    So my Galaxy s4, the stock camera app wont auto focus. I have tried to download another camera app and that didn't help. I have cleared the cache for the app itself and I have put my phone into recovery mode and cleared the cache there. Anyone know what is up with this thing? It ticks me off.

    Kernel version
    3.4.0-2048698

    Android version
    4.3

    Can anyone help me figure out the problem here? And how to fix it?
    Wish I could help, I feel I've been experiencing trouble with the camera focus since updating to KitKat especially when using timer mode.
    03-04-2014 10:55 AM
  5. bodum02's Avatar
    Wish I could help, I feel I've been experiencing trouble with the camera focus since updating to KitKat especially when using timer mode.
    Me too...

    Posted via Android Central App
    03-04-2014 01:03 PM
  6. mhinc's Avatar
    Us Canadians in the great white North haven't got the KitKat upgrade yet, at least officially So not much I can offer for assistance.
    But I will say this. We may have to wait longer, but we get a solid upgrade with little to no issues, where I notice providers in the USA
    rush and there always ends up being massive problems
    sasha likes this.
    03-04-2014 06:40 PM
  7. geotweetmcneil's Avatar
    I have the same issue, only got the phone yesterday, 2 factory resets, cleared cache nothing. Whats happening is when i select the camera app, on the screen is perfect picture for 1 second then goes blurry, taking it to samsung warranty centre so i will update.
    03-07-2014 08:58 AM
  8. sasha's Avatar
    I have the same issue, only got the phone yesterday, 2 factory resets, cleared cache nothing. Whats happening is when i select the camera app, on the screen is perfect picture for 1 second then goes blurry, taking it to samsung warranty centre so i will update.
    My problem is happening when I use the rear facing camera, with flash and timer. When I hit the button to take a picture the camera will first flash then start counting down to take the picture afterwards the picture is super dark, almost completely black.
    03-07-2014 09:09 AM
  9. geotweetmcneil's Avatar
    The fix is you need the camera module replaced. Ordered mine on eBay yesterday, I'm going to do it myself. Follow the link on how to do it yourself. Hope this helps.
    parakramab likes this.
    03-09-2014 07:43 AM
  10. Sanjay Chandra's Avatar
    So my Galaxy s4, the stock camera app wont auto focus. I have tried to download another camera app and that didn't help. I have cleared the cache for the app itself and I have put my phone into recovery mode and cleared the cache there. Anyone know what is up with this thing? It ticks me off.

    Kernel version
    3.4.0-2048698

    Android version
    4.3

    Can anyone help me figure out the problem here? And how to fix it?
    Have you tried Settings >> Metering Mode >> Matrix ?
    James Lyons and trishaloha like this.
    03-09-2014 08:10 AM
  11. geotweetmcneil's Avatar
    Well I changed camera module myself!! Easy job! S4 running sweet again!!
    03-14-2014 04:31 PM
  12. bgbdsuisue's Avatar
    Sanjay is right. Had same problem. open camera app, menu/settings/metering mode/matrix . Thanks Sanjay, that was driving me nuts. Supposed to be one of the best cameras on a phone, i was really disapointed.
    05-30-2014 09:22 PM
  13. Chris Surmeier's Avatar
    Sanjay, you're a genius.
    08-13-2014 12:42 PM
  14. tzukows's Avatar
    Setting to matrix worked!
    11-19-2014 10:54 AM
  15. john wesley6's Avatar
    Have you tried Settings >> Metering Mode >> Matrix ?
    Thank you so much!! I replaced my camera just recently and this happened.. I was worried that I might have to change it again, but you were so helpful! Thank you again!
    12-06-2014 12:10 PM
  16. Kishan Kudia's Avatar
    What happens when you tap on an area when taking a picture? Does the box show up? Anything of that nature?

    Sent from my T-Mobile Note 3 using AC Forums.
    Even I facing the same problem auto focus failed
    01-23-2015 04:51 AM
  17. Kishan Kudia's Avatar
    So my Galaxy s4, the stock camera app wont auto focus. I have tried to download another camera app and that didn't help. I have cleared the cache for the app itself and I have put my phone into recovery mode and cleared the cache there. Anyone know what is up with this thing? It ticks me off.

    Kernel version
    3.4.0-2048698

    Android version
    4.3

    Can anyone help me figure out the problem here? And how to fix it?
    Even I'm facing d same problem some one please help
    01-23-2015 04:52 AM
  18. trishaloha's Avatar
    Have you tried Settings >> Metering Mode >> Matrix ?
    Thank you ever so much, both for the original question here & this perfect solution.

    I've struggled with this same focusing issue for too long now--I also have a Benign Essential Tremor which makes taking any picture enough of a struggle without issues such as this. I've tried other settings, and I've contacted support, to no avail--was actually reduced to tears earlier trying to take some important pics, yet the camera kept going in & out of focus as usual; it shouldn't be that difficult to take a decent, properly focused photo.

    Thank you again, so very much--I've re-taken those pics now, and they look fantastic even with my tremor! Very happy

    Sincerely, Trish
    04-02-2015 12:53 AM
  19. Andrew Botcherby's Avatar
    Thank you!! This was driving me crazy and I was missing photos

    Easy fix
    09-20-2015 11:48 PM
  20. grebsmith's Avatar
    Almost sorry to report this: after trying what you good people have suggested (for the same auto focus problem) to no avail, I let the farmer in me have a shot. I tapped the phone against a piece of soft pine, in this case on the sides of the phone, and it came right back into focus. Hope it helps someone, I doubt it is a long term fix and probably will replace the camera module.
    10-16-2015 12:29 PM
  21. izzo1981's Avatar
    My camera focused fine on 1/7/16. Now it won't focus at all. The square is always red. Sometimes it goes green for a milisecond. My front camera is fine. Rear camera if I shake while app is open , it wants to focus but dont. I mean I can see the picture get perfectly crisp and clear as I'm shaking. I haven't done a factory reset but i feel I don't have to. Should i? Or do you think my module needs replaced
    01-29-2016 06:15 PM

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