Why Is My Snapchat Camera Blurry?

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Written by: Alex Popa


Why Is My Snapchat Camera Blurry?

Is your Snapchat camera blurry, and don’t know how to fix the problem? You’re in the right place! This guide will help you troubleshoot the blurry Snapchat camera.

Here are some of the reasons why your Snapchat camera might be blurry:

  1. The phone camera is dirty
  2. Snapchat is glitching
  3. Your internet connection is bad
  4. The Snapchat cache is full, and it interferes with the camera feature
  5. Snapchat is not up-to-date
  6. Your phone’s camera is bad

Most of these issues are easily fixed, but if you need a step-by-step guide on how to fix your blurry Snapchat camera, read below!

Clean Your Phone Camera

The first culprit of a blurry camera is dust, debris, and dirt on the camera lens. It happens to the best of us, and we don’t even notice until we try taking a picture.

Blow some hot air on the camera lens, take a piece of tissue, and wipe the camera until you remove all the accumulated dust and dirt.

Test the camera to see if the visibility improves. Continue doing this until your camera doesn’t look blurry at all.

One thing that helps the phone camera remain clean is using a phone case with an in-built camera cover.

It keeps your camera covered when you don’t need it. Flip the cover back to use the camera, then flip it back to protect it from dust.

It’s a win-win situation!

Restart Snapchat

If you’ve cleaned your phone camera and the photos are still blurry, then the Snapchat app might be the culprit.

There could be a glitch or bug causing the issue. All you need to do is restart the app and try again. Trust me; a simple restart goes a long way.

To restart Snapchat, you must force-close it. Follow the steps below to do that:

1. Tap on the Overview button

Tapping on the Overview button on a Snapchat window that shows your friends' list.
Tap on the Overview button

To force-close apps, you need to go to the Overview menu, and to do that, you must tap on the Overview button.

You’ll find it at the bottom of your phone, next to the Home and Back buttons. This is the same on all phones, though they may look slightly different and positioned differently.

Tap on Overview and continue with the guide!

2. Close Snapchat or all apps

Close Snapchat or all apps from phone's setting menu.
Close Snapchat or all apps

Once you tap the Overview button, you’ll see a menu with all your currently opened apps. Snapchat should be the first app on the list. Swipe up (or right, depending on your phone) to close the app.

I’ll close all the apps by selecting “Close all,” but you don’t have to do that. You can close only Snapchat, and it’s enough.

After you do this, open Snapchat again and try the camera. Is it still blurry? If it is, then try another solution on this list!

Switch from Wi-Fi to Mobile Data

Your Snapchat camera might be blurry because your internet connection is bad. It might sound unrelated but remember, this isn’t your physical camera we’re talking about.

We’re talking about Snapchat’s camera feature, which uses certain elements only available on the Snapchat servers.

If your connection to Snapchat’s servers is bad, the camera might become blurry for all. To test this, switch from Wi-Fi to Mobile data or vice-versa.

Follow the steps below to do this:

1. Swipe down from the top of the screen

Swiping down from the top of a phone screen
Swipe down from the top of the screen

You’ll need to open your Shortcuts menu to switch from Wi-Fi to Mobile Data. Swipe down from the top of the screen to do that.

2. Switch between Wi-Fi and Mobile Data

Switch between Wi-Fi and Mobile Data from a phone's setting page.
Switch between Wi-Fi and Mobile Data

Once you open your Shortcuts Menu, you should see the Wi-Fi and Mobile Data options. Switch between then and test your Snapchat camera.

If it’s no longer blurry, your internet connection was to blame. If it’s still blurry, you should try other solutions on this list.

Clear the Snapchat Cache

Another way of fixing the Snapchat glitch or bug is to clear the cache. You can do this from your phone settings or Snapchat settings.

For this article, we’ll clear the cache from the Snapchat app. Follow the steps below to do that:

1. Tap on your profile picture

Tapping on your profile picture on Snapchat
Tap on your profile picture

The first step is tapping on your profile picture to open your profile page. You’ll need to open your profile settings to access the cache options.

2. Select the Gear icon

Select the Gear icon on Snapchat
Select the Gear icon

Once you open your profile page, look for the Gear icon in the top right corner of the screen. Tap on it to open your profile settings, and then continue with the guide.

3. Select “Clear Cache

Select "Clear Cache" on the Snapchat menu page.
Select “Clear Cache

After you open the Snapchat settings, scroll down to the bottom until you find the “Clear Cache” option. Once you find it, tap on it.

4. Confirm

Confirm clearing cache on Snapchat.

You’ll need to confirm when you clear the cache. Select “Continue” and wait 3-5 seconds for the process to finish.

Once you’re done, restart Snapchat and try using the camera feature again. Is the camera still blurry or not?

Update Snapchat

Sometimes, Snapchat needs an update, and you may not get a notification about this, especially if you set your auto-updating off.

To update Snapchat, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Play Store

Open the Play Store app on a phone.
Open the Play Store

To update Snapchat, you’ll need to go to the Play Store, find Snapchat, and select “Download.” The first step is opening the Play Store.

Look through your app list and find it. Then, tap on it!

2. Use the search bar to search for Snapchat

Use the search bar to search for Snapchat on Google Play.
Use the search bar to search for Snapchat

Once you open the Play Store, look up the search bar. Type in “Snapchat” to look for the Snapchat app. Once you find it, select the first result.

Select the first Snapchat result from the Google Play search result.
Select the first Snapchat result

This will take you to the official Snapchat page, where you can download/install/update Snapchat to its latest version.

3. Tap on “Update

Tap on "Update" the Snapchat app on Google Play.
Tap on “Update

In my case, Snapchat is up to date, so I don’t have the “Update” button, but this may be the same for you if your Snapchat app is up to date already.

If you see the “Update” button, select it. Wait until the update finishes downloading and installing, and then try using the Snapchat camera again.

Buy a New Phone

You may have an older phone with bad camera quality if nothing else works. If your phone is older than 2010, your camera will appear blurry on Snapchat.

I recommend trying out the regular camera on your phone to see if it appears blurry. If it does, then Snapchat isn’t the problem.

Your phone is at fault. However, I would ensure that my phone is causing the problem before replacing it. Get a new phone with a better camera to fix your problem.


To summarize, here’s what you can do if your Snapchat camera is blurry:

  • Clean your phone camera
  • Restart Snapchat
  • Switch from Wi-Fi to Mobile Data
  • Update Snapchat
  • Clear the Snapchat cache

If none of the above works, I recommend contacting Snapchat customer support and asking about this problem. They may suggest a more complex solution for your issue.

Consider replacing your phone if it’s too old and has bad image quality. If you have any questions about this topic, comment below, and I’ll reply as soon as possible.

Stay tuned for more content about Snapchat and other social media platforms. We post regularly, or whenever a new technical issue pops up on our radar, so you’ll always have something new to read about on our guides!

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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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