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  1. srvctec's Avatar
    Best phone I've ever had as well- got mine in July of last year and the camera was perfect for a couple of months. Then it started not focusing for 15-30 seconds. I found out if I pointed it up and tapped the top of my phone, it would focus. I automatically do that most of the time now just to make sure it starts focusing right away. I'll just keep doing that since there's no way I want to send it in and may or may not have the issue permanently fixed.
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    03-13-2016 09:15 PM
  2. muzzy996's Avatar
    IMO it's the optical image stabilization. Think about it, you've got a tiny lens that you have to stabilize . . how do you do it? . . you control it's vibration by stabilizing it with magnetic fields. At the same time you have to focus things, how do you do that? Probably by magnetism too. Problem is, miniaturized as it is the quality and durability of this thing is hard to accomplish consistently. Pointing the phone up or smacking it around can temp fix the issue but really it's something physical in the lens/camera module that eventually gets so bad nothing helps.
    03-14-2016 01:33 AM
  3. Eskimoice's Avatar
    You saved me so much heart ache by just shaking phone. I had just got a replacement Sprint note 4 less than a week ago and my camera would take almost 1-2 minutes to focus. I created account just to say thanks.
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    03-14-2016 10:58 AM
  4. roheasy's Avatar
    I have the same issue mine is from t-mobile I just give it a shake or twist my wrist it seems to work

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    03-14-2016 03:55 PM
  5. k3u's Avatar
    I forgot to mention that this issue is not repairable and the best way to remedy this problem is to get your phone either replaced within the 14 days remorse period or do a warranty exchange (most of the time it is a refurbished device).

    Here's my video that I made a couple years ago:

    04-21-2016 01:21 AM
  6. RVdave's Avatar
    I had this same focusing problem and tried changing the focus mode to SPOT with mixed results...sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. I discovered that when I enabled HDR the problem frequently returned, and later discovered that the HDR mode seems to disable SPOT focusing. So, if the SPOT fix didn't work for you, try turning HDR off, which will re-enable SPOT. Good luck
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    09-10-2016 12:31 PM
  7. Ananta Ghosh's Avatar
    Hey! I have s6. I had the same problem before because s6, note 4, note edge have same stupid kind of camera sensor. One day I just suddenly shaked my phone when my camera was opening and it worked!! I tried it many times and now my camera is able to focus. I know its kinda weird !
    09-13-2016 02:07 PM
  8. NexusGirlX's Avatar
    Hey! I have s6. I had the same problem before because s6, note 4, note edge have same stupid kind of camera sensor. One day I just suddenly shaked my phone when my camera was opening and it worked!! I tried it many times and now my camera is able to focus. I know its kinda weird !
    That's probably what happened to mine. The camera didn't focus unless I shook it for the first six months. One day it started to work seemingly all on it's own and it's been working great ever since. It probably got fixed when I smacked it on the palm of my hand as hard as I could.
    09-13-2016 03:03 PM
  9. Counselor1's Avatar
    This change metering mode "fix" does not fix my Note 4 focus problem. Does anyone have a definitive answer to whether most such malfunctions are hardware or software caused? If the latter, a Samsung update would be helpful!
    03-02-2017 10:49 AM
  10. Sparker_longuyland's Avatar
    I have the ATT Note 4 and experienced the canera focus issue. I like to fiddle with things quite a bit when they're not working and I noticed that if you tap the screen but hold your finger there for 1 to 3 second the focus circle turns blue and the camera instantly focuses on where you touched.
    03-31-2017 10:42 AM
  11. Sparker_longuyland's Avatar
    I solved my problem with the focus by tapping and holding the area your trying to snapshot for 1 to 3 seconds. The focus circle that appears changes color and saids Focus/Exposure while the camera immediately focuses crystal clear. I have no idea what this is actually doing but if this solves your problem you do not have a hardware issue, obviously.
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    03-31-2017 10:46 AM
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