How to Allow Snapchat to Access Your Camera?

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Written by: Alex Popa


How to Allow Snapchat to Access Your Camera?

Did Snapchat ask you to allow access to your phone camera?

The app might be glitching you, or it might be buggy if you’d already allowed access to your camera before.

Either way, you need to do it again. If you don’t remember how to do it, that’s not a problem.

This guide will teach you how to allow Snapchat to access your camera.

Read below to find out more!

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How to Allow Snapchat to Access Your Camera?

How Can You Allow Snapchat Access to Your Camera?

If this is a glitch or bug, you might solve it by restarting your phone or force-restarting it.

Restarting and force-restarting a mobile device are two different things and have other effects.

You still need to reenable the Camera feature for Snapchat by going to your phone Settings.

But if the setting is not present in your Settings, you need to try restarting or force-restarting your phone and then enabling the Camera.

Let’s start with:

1. Enable Camera for Snapchat

This is the main issue. You need to enable Snapchat access to your camera.

To do this, go to your phone’s Settings. Look for the Gear icon on your phone.

Enable Camera for Snapchat
Enable Camera for Snapchat

Remember that the Settings icon may look differently on your mobile device because of different phone models.

However, the basis of the icon should remain the same – it’ll look like a gear.

After opening the settings, look for the “Apps” option and select it.


You may need to scroll down until you find the “Apps” option.

Depending on the phone model, it might appear as “Applications” on your mobile.

It’s the same thing, so tap on it.

Then, select “Manage Apps” from the new menu.

Manage Apps
Manage Apps

This step could be optional since your phone might not have this option.

But just in case, if the “Apps” option doesn’t take you directly to the app list and has an extra step, tap on “Manage Apps” like in the picture above.

This will take you to the app list. Once you’re there, use the search box to look for Snapchat quickly.

Use the search box to look for Snapchat
Use the search box to look for Snapchat.

It’s faster than manually scrolling through the app list and searching for Snapchat.

Once you find it with the search box, tap on it.

This will take you to the App Info page, where you can customize some of Snapchat’s settings.

App permissions
App permissions

Scroll down until you see the “App Permissions” option. That’s where you can enable Snapchat access to your camera.

Tap on “App Permissions” to open a new menu.

App permissions - Camera
App permissions – Camera

This is where you can enable Camera functionality for Snapchat.

Look through the options, find the Camera option, and check it.

When it’s enabled, the option should be green or blue. If it’s disabled, its color will be grey (like the “phone” option in the picture above).

Ensure the “Camera” option is enabled (green or blue), then return to Snapchat.

However, some users complained that they have no “Camera” option in their App Permissions.

A glitch could cause this with your mobile phone or the Snapchat app.

This problem often appears for iPhone users, but Android users might stumble upon it too.

If that’s the case, try the following two methods!

2. Restart your mobile device

Restart your mobile device
Restart your mobile device

An excellent way of making the “Camera” permission reappear for Snapchat is to restart your phone.

If it’s a glitch or a bug, restarting the phone should fix it.

To restart your mobile device, hold down the Power button.

Every mobile device has a power button. It’s the one you use to turn on your screen when you want to use the phone.

Depending on your phone model, it could be placed on the right or left side of the phone.

Most mobile phones place the Power button on the right side.

Hold it down until a new menu appears on your screen.

The screen may look different depending on your phone, but the options should be similar.

Select “Reboot” or “Restart” to reboot your phone.

After your mobile device reboots, try enabling the Camera permission for Snapchat by following the guide above.

If the option is still not there, move to the final solution.

3. Force-restart your phone

A hard reboot should do the trick if a simple reboot doesn’t work.

Hold the Volume Down and Power buttons down for several seconds to force-restart your Android phone.

Hold the buttons down until the phone reboots. Then, release the buttons and remove your phone’s battery.

If the batter is not removable, skip this step.

After rebooting, go to your phone’s settings and try enabling the Snapchat camera permission.

This time, the option should be there.

If you’re using an iPhone, force-restarting your phone is done differently:

  • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button
  • Press and quickly release the Volume Down button
  • Press and hold the Power Button

Hold the Power Button until the Apple Logo appears and your phone reboots.

Things are much more straightforward if your iPhone has a Home Screen Button.

Hold down the Home Screen Button and the Power Button until the Apple logo appears.

Then, wait for your phone to reboot and try enabling the Camera permission for Snapchat fully.

This time, the option should appear in your settings, and you’ll be able to use Snapchat to its full extent.


Snapchat might ask you to reenable access to your Camera even though you did it previously.

The app could suffer a glitch or have an error, which leads to this problem.

However, if you’ve recently reinstalled the app or cleared its cache, the app will ask for camera permission again.

If you reinstall it or clear the cache, Snapchat will “forget” all its settings and permissions you granted.

You’ll need to customize your settings again and enable those permissions again.

If you can’t find the Camera permission in your phone settings, restart or force-restart your mobile device.

One of these two solutions should make the Camera permissions reappear in your settings.

Enable it, and then you can use Snapchat usually!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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