How to fix the camera of a Xiaomi if it does not work

Solve the camera problems of your Xiaomi in a few simple steps.

If you have noticed for a long time that your Xiaomi camera does not work as it should, or that errors appear frequently, it is very likely that there is a simple solution that allows you to end problems before they get worse.

Usually, these kinds of problems arise from software glitches which can be solved in one way or another. And since they can be extremely annoying problems, in this guide we collect some of the most common solutions to these kinds of problems that affect the camera of Xiaomi terminals.

Redmi Note 9 Pro, cameras

The latest Xiaomi phones, like the Redmi Note 9 Pro, arrive with multiple cameras

First of all: identify the type of problem

The types of failures that may appear on the camera of your Xiaomi mobile phone are diverse, and therefore it is necessary to identify which one is affecting your device before searching for a solution.

If, for example, your mobile has suffered a blow, and since then the camera has stopped working, chances are that the problems are consequence from the blow or the fall. In this case, it may happen that the camera application does not show any kind of error, but that the camera hardware has partially or completely stopped working. For example, a common problem is that the camera has trouble focusing after a fall.

On the other hand, maybe the mobile has not suffered any type of damage but still, the camera has stopped working. It is enough to take a tour of the different forums and communities of users of Xiaomi device owners to realize that this is a situation that can occur more or less frequently. In most cases, the source of the problem It is not entirely clear. What is very likely is that problems are related to phone software and not with the hardware, so finding a solution should be a little easier.

Start with the basics: restart your phone

Rear of the Redmi Note 9 Pro in white

The back of the Redmi Note 9 Pro, in white.

Have you tried turning it off and on again? It seems like an outdated and rudimentary solution, but the reality is that, sometimes, restarting the mobile can correct part of the software problems. Therefore, you can turn the phone off and on again Enough to get rid of camera related issues as long as they are related in some way to the phone software.

Cleaning time: delete the data from the camera app

Nor should it be ruled out that the problems of the camera have their origin in the phone’s own camera app, which due to a badly installed update or corrupted configuration data, has stopped working as it should.

So you won’t lose anything for access your mobile settings, enter the section Applications and look for the camera app. Once inside, clear the cache and data before reopening the application. Any fault that originated in the camera application should be solved.

Find alternatives: try another camera app

A solution more or less related to the previous one consists of try an alternative camera app, to almost completely rule out that the problems are related to the camera hardware. There are many camera applications on Google Play, but this can be a good opportunity to take advantage of and install GCam, the modified version of the Google camera app, to get even more out of the photographic section of your mobile.

Google Pixel 4 XL, night camera app

You can test the Pixel camera functions on your Xiaomi thanks to GCam

Engineer mode ON: enter CIT menu

The definitive way to make sure whether or not the problems are related to the camera hardware is through the engineer menu or CIT menu of Xiaomi phones. Through this menu, it is possible to check if any component of the device is failing or not working as it should.

For it, you can do the general test included in the CIT menu, or go directly to the section called Camera Back, which will check if the software has access to the device camera and if it works as it should. If not, a red text will appear indicating that “the camera cannot be found”.

An effective solution: restore your mobile or change the ROM

Now that some of the main steps have been taken to identify problems and try to solve them, a good way to end any kind of failure Related to the software is to format the mobile to restore its factory settings. Before, yes, you should make sure you have a backup that has been created recently. Then, the steps to follow to restore your Xiaomi are as follows:

  • Open the phone Settings app.
  • Tap on Additional Settings, and then on Backup and reset
  • Find and select the Factory data reset option
  • Follow the steps indicated on the screen

That’s it. Once the process ends and you restart your mobile, the system will be completely clean and it is very likely that the problems have disappeared. In addition, it may be a good time to update the MIUI version, or to install a third-party ROM in case the mobile is old and will not receive any more official updates.

If none of that works: time to repair

redmi camera

The four rear cameras of the Redmi Note 8T

The camera on your Xiaomi still does not work after having followed all these recommendations, and you begin to be desperate. I’m afraid now is the time to repair the phone. Either on your own – in case the mobile no longer has a warranty or you want to save money – following guides such as those of iFixit, or through a third-party technical service, the repair process should consist of replace phone camera module for a new one, totally free of problems. Course is about the more expensive solution, and it is possible that, due to the age of the mobile or because you already have other problems not related to the camera, it is worth it make the leap to a new model.

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