How Do I Fix 'Camera Is Temporarily Unavailable for Use' in iPhone/Android/Windows/Chromebook

Stay calm if your iPhone, Android phone, Windows laptop, or Chromebook warns that 'Camera is currently unavailable' for use. It could be an app or the SD card that blocks your camera from working. Follow this complete guide and learn how to fix the camera not working error on your own. And don't worry about losing precious photos & videos, EaseUS file recovery software will fully scan and restore all lost files for you.

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The 'Camera Is Temporarily Unavailable' error frequently occurs on Andriod phones, iPhones, Windows laptops, and even Chromebooks. So how causes these errors and how to get rid of them, making the camera work normally again on your devices? 

Follow this guide and learn how to fix this error on your phones, or laptop computers without losing any photos/videos on your own.

#Error 1. Camera Is Temporarily Unavailable on Android Phones - Symptoms & Fixes

As the causes of this error are different, the fixes toward this issue are various. Here, we collected the Symptoms and fixes of the Android phone camera is not available error.

You can check the exact error that you are having and follow the right fixes to make the camera working all right then:

Symptoms Solutions
SD Card Error Camera Is Temporarily Unavailable
Can't connect to the camera. Please make sure to close other apps that may use camera or flashlight.
Camera error: Unable to access the camera. Please check if it's being used by another app, or restart your phone.
Camera error: cannot connect to the camera.

Follow the respective solutions and fix the "Camera is temporarily unavailable" error here now. 

Fix 1. Restore SD Card Files and Format SD Card

Applies to fix: SD Card Error. Camera Is Temporarily Unavailable.

SD card error. Camera is temporarily unavailable

#1. Restore SD Card Files

Before You Start: Take the SD card out of your phone > Connect it to your computer > Check if you can access files on the SD card. If yes, copy and save the SD card files to a secure location on your computer. If not, turn to EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard to scan and restore all files.

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Step 1. Connect the SD card and start scanning

Connect the SD card to the computer via a card reader. Then launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select the SD card and click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the photos you want to recover

Wait until the scanning completes and then select the photos you want to recover. To locate the items faster, click "Filter" > "Pictures" > Check lost files via tree view. Or type file extension on the search box.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover photos

Click "Recover" and choose a location on another device to save the photos.

Recover lost data

#2. Format SD Card to Android Supported Format

Step 1. Press Windows + E keys to open Windows File Explorer.

Step 2. Locate and right-click the Android SD card, select "Format".

Step 3. Under File System, set FAT32 or exFAT for the SD card, tick "Quick Format". And click "Start".

Format SD card

#3. Insert SD Card Back to Android and Restart to Run Camera

Step 1. Insert the SD card into your Android phone.

Step 2. Reboot Android phone and test if you can use Camera on Android.

Fix 2. Quick Apps That Are Using Camera & Restart Android Phone

Applies to fix: 

  • Error 1. Can't connect to the camera. Please make sure to close other apps that may use camera or flashlight.
  • Error 2. Camera error: Unable to access the camera. Please check if it's being used by another app, or restart your phone.

Cannot connect to the camera

Step 1. Quit the camera app and return to the desktop of your phone.

Step 2. Find the running apps that are using the Camera app like Video Call and quit them.

Step 3. Run the Camera app and check if it works now.

If not, continue with the next step.

Step 4. Quit Camera, reboot Android phone, and re-open Camera.

You should be able to take photos or shoot videos via the Camera app now.

Fix 3. Back-Up Camera Photos & Restore Camera to the Default Settings

Applies to Fix: Camera error: cannot connect to the camera.

Camera error

#1. Back-Up Camera Photos 

Step 1. Quit Camera, open the Google Photos app on your phone.

Step 2. Tap the menu icon and select "Settings" > "Back up & sync".

Step 3. Enable "Back up & sync", tap "Back up device folders".

Back up photos on Android

Step 4. Select the camera photos folder and DICM folder to backup.

#2. Restore Camera to the Default Settings

Step 1. Go to Settings on Android phone.

Step 2. Click "Apps & notifications". 

Step 3. Tap "Camera" and select "Storage". 

Open Camera storage

Step 4. Click "Clear Storage" and "Clear Cache", click "OK" to confirm. 

Clear camera cache

Step 5. Reboot Android phone.

After this, you can check if you can use the camera on your phone again.

Fix 4. Reinstall Camera App on Android

Applies to Fix: Camera error: cannot connect to the camera.

Step 1. Go to Settings on Android.

Step 2. Tap "Apps" or "Apps & notifications".

Step 3. Tap "Camera", scroll and tap "App Details".

Open camera app details

Step 4. Tap "Uninstall" and tap "OK".

Step 5. When the uninstalling completes, select "Update".

Wait for the process to complete, your Android phone will automatically update and install the Camera app. Reboot the phone, you'll be able to use the Camera again.

#Error 2. iPhone Camera Not Working - Symptoms & Fixes

So how come does your iPhone camera not work? Check the symptoms and turn to the reliable fixes to make the camera work normally again on your iPhones.

Symptoms Solutions
The camera is being used by another application.
Camera Turns Black Screen
Cannot Take Photo. There is not enough available storage to take a photo. You can manage your storage in settings

Let's start to fix the Camera is not working error on your iPhones now.

Fix 1. Quick All Apps and Restart iPhone

Applies to fix: Camera is being used by another application.

Camera is being used by another application

Step 1. Quit all applications on your phone.

Step 2. Reboot iPhone.

Fix 2. Turn on Camera under Screen Time Settings

Applies to fix: Camera is being used by another application.

Step 1. Tap on the Settings icon, tap "Screen Time".

Open Screen Time settings

Step 2. Enter the Screen Time passcode.

Enter screen time passcode

Step 3. Tap "Content & Privacy Restrictions" on Screen Time.

Step 4. Tap "Allowed Apps", turn on the Camera. 

Fix 3. Turn Off Apps that Are Using Camera

Applies to fix: Camera is being used by another application.

Step 1. Force to close all apps that are running in the background.

Step 2. Go to "Settings" > "Genral" > "Shut Down". 

Step 3. Drag the Slide to Power Off rightward to turn off iPhone.

Turn off iPhone

Step 4. Wait for a few moments and reboot the iPhone.

Fix 4. Close Camera or Switch Camera from Front to Back

Applies to fix: Camera Turns Black Screen.

Camera becomes black on iPhone

Step 1. Close and restart the Camera app.

If nothing works, close the app.

Step 2. Reboot iPhone about 2 minutes later.

Fix 5. Update iOS and Camera App

Applies to fix: Camera Turns Black Screen.

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Software Update".

Step 2. Tap "Update & Download" or "Install Now". 

Wait for iPhone to install the latest iOS update.

Install software update

Step 3.  Long press the Camera App > Select "Remove".

Step 4. Go to App Store, search Camera, and tap the download icon to download and install the Camera App.

Fix 6. Upload Photos to iCloud

Applies to fix: Cannot Take Photo. There is not enough available storage to take a photo. You can manage your storage in settings. 

Cannot take photos

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > Select Your Name > "iCloud" > "Photos".

Step 2. Turn on iCloud Photos, and select how to store your photos: Optimize iPhone Storage or Download and Keep Originals. 

Select how to store photos

Step 3. Turn on "Upload to My Photo Stream".

After this, you can take photos or shoot videos via the Camera app again. All the new photos and videos will automatically upload to iCloud once you are connected to WiFi.

#Error 3. Your Camera Is Currently Unavailable in Windows 11/10/8/7

Check the symptoms and how to fix this error on your Windows computers now:

Symptoms Solutions
We can't find your camera. Check to make sure that it's connected and installed properly, that it isn't being blocked by antivirus software, and that your camera drives are up to date.
Close other apps. It looks like another app is using the camera already.

Either you are having one of the above errors on a Windows computer, follow the following fixes to resolve the "Camera is currently unavailable" error on your own now.

Fix 1. Allow App to Use Camera

Applies to fix: We can't find your camera error.

Cannot find camera error

Step 1. Go to Settings > Click "Privacy".

Step 2. Click "Camera" > and enable "Allow apps to access your camera".

Allow apps to access camera

Step 3. Restart the Camera on your computer. 

Fix 2. Reset the Camera App

Applies to fix: We can't find your camera and Close other apps errors.

Close other apps that are using camera

Step 1. Go to Settings, click "Apps".

Step 2. Click "Default apps" and click "Camera". 

Step 3. Click "Advanced options".

Step 4. Click "Reset". 

reset camera

Fix 3. Update Webcam Driver

Applies to fix: We can't find your camera and Close other apps errors.

Step 1. Press Windows + R keys, type devmgmt.msc, and hit Enter to open Device Manager.

Step 2. Locate and Expand Cameras.

Step 3. Right-click on Camera, and select "update driver".

Update camera driver

Step 4. Select "Search automatically for updated driver software".

Fix 4. Diable Apps that Use the Camera

Applies to fix: Close other apps error.

Step 1. Go to Settings > Privacy > Camera.

Step 2. Disable or turn off all apps that are allowed to use the Camera.

Turn off apps that used camera

Step 3. Restart the Camera to use it on your computer now.

Bonus Tip: Photo Recovery When Camera Is Not Working on Windows

Don't worry if you lost or cannot access photos when the camera is not working on your computer. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard with its photo recovery feature can fully help.

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Step 1. Choose the location and start scanning

Select the device location from which you want to recover photos, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the photos you want to recover

Wait until the scanning completes, then select the photos you want to recover. To locate the pictures faster, click "Filter" > "Pictures" > Check tree view on the left side (The results will list Pictures only. ) or type file extension on the search box. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover photos

Click "Recover" and choose a location on another hard drive to save the recovered photos.

Recover lost data

#Error 4. Camer Is Currently Unavailable on Chromebook

Don't worry when you use the camera on Chromebook but received this error message, telling that "Your camera is currently unavailable. Please check if the camera is properly connected". 

Camera is unavailable on Chromebook

It's easy to get this issue resolved. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Click "Settings" > "About Chrome OS".

Step 2. Click "Check for and apply updates" on the About window. 

Update chromebook os

Step 3. When the process completes, retry to open the Camera app.

Camera Currently Unavailable Error Is Fixable, Go and Take Action to Make It Work Now

On this page, we offered a complete guide to help you fix the "Camera is temporarily unavailable" error on Android phone, iPhone, Windows computer, and even Chromebooks with detailed steps.

Note that, to avoid unnecessary photo loss, it's important that you create a backup of all valuable files in advance. Also, don't worry if you lost photos on your SD card or computer. EaseUS file recovery software is always ready to help.

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Take action and fix the Camera not working error on your own now.

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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Written by Tracy King

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