How to Fix Snapchat Camera Quality on iOS 14

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Snapchat pictures turning grainy and white on your iOS 14 device?

Apple’s new iOS 14 update came with a lot of cool new features. One such recent addition is the improvement in your camera’s software. Better quality photos can now be taken much quicker. Furthermore, there’s a new setting that allows selfies to be mirrored!

One of the best mobile phone features that Apple has always excelled at is taking pristine pictures. Apple’s beautiful camera quality and software algorithms capture the perfect picture nearly every time.

Which is why opening up your Snapchat to take a picture and finding it grainy or blurry is probably the last thing you expected. Your camera should be able to take professional-level photos, so what’s wrong? In this article, we’ll be going through a list of methods to help fix your problem.

Let’s get started.


1. General Troubleshoot.

First off, let’s begin by troubleshooting your problem. Is the camera quality on Snapchat an isolated case? This means that your camera only sucks when taking pictures through Snapchat and not on other apps.

Compare the photo quality of different pictures from different apps:

  1. Try opening up your Camera app, Messenger, and Instagram, and take pictures there.
  2. Now, compare these pictures with one another and do a quality check.

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  1. Finally, take a picture on Snapchat and compare this with the three pictures you’ve previously taken.

If you notice a large difference in photo quality on Snapchat pictures, then it should be an isolated case. Furthermore, this means that the problem lies in Snapchat or the version of Snapchat on your iPhone.


2. Close and Reopen Snapchat.

It’s not uncommon for bugs to malfunction on a certain app. Perhaps your grainy and blurry camera quality on Snapchat is the result of such a bug. Terminating Snapchat’s process from your iPhone will completely free it from your RAM/memory.

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This way, you’ll terminate the running bug that’s messing with your pictures too! At the same time, reopening it will run all software processes like normal. However, if the problem is rooted deeper, we may have to reinstall Snapchat. More on that in the next methods.


3. Restart Your iPhone.

Although your camera is a hardware component attached to the back of your device, it’s all run through software. Software problems can cause any type of hardware to malfunction. Since your camera is being fed instructions by code, faulty programming can easily mess up the quality of your pictures.

Not to be confused with a force restart, restarting your device is a great way to terminate all running processes on your iPhone. A reboot will free all applications in your RAM, including the operating system.

This is especially important as any bugs in your operating system can only be flushed out by restarting your device. When your iPhone boots up, all software bugs should be ironed out and gone.

Here’s how you can restart your iPhone:

  1. Start by pressing and holding on the power button of your iPhone for several seconds. This should be located on the right side of your device.
  2. Next, a red slider should appear that says ‘Slide to power off’. Drag this to the right to power down your iPhone.

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  1. Finally, wait for several seconds after the screen turns dark and press the power button again.

Voila! Your iPhone has been successfully restarted. Go ahead and open up the Snapchat app and take a photo to see if the issue still persists.


4. Update Snapchat.

When was the last time you updated Snapchat? iOS 14 is a new release full of new features and lines of code. With each new major iOS update, third-party applications have to adjust to the new operating system every time.

However, depending on the complexity or stability of the operating system, it can be a daunting task. Making sure that all your third-party applications are up-to-date is a great way to avoid software problems from outdated code.

Here’s how you can update Snapchat:

  1. Begin by opening up the App Store and looking for ‘Snapchat’ in the search bar.
  2. If a pending update is available, just tap on the Update button.

5. Reinstall Snapchat.

Updating Snapchat will add fixes and features to your application. In essence, it will download a patch of code that will integrate with your already-existing Snapchat files. However, if your Snapchat is corrupted on a deeper or older version of files, the update will not fix this.

Uninstalling Snapchat will erase all traces of the application from your iPhone. At the same time, reinstalling it will download the latest authentic version on the App Store. This way, you can make sure that the Snapchat app on your iPhone is in pristine condition.

Here’s how you can uninstall Snapchat:

  1. Start by locating Snapchat on your home screen. Once you find it, press and hold on the application until a quick actions menu appears.
  2. Next, tap and select Remove App.
  3. Lastly, you’ll be asked to re-confirm, just tap on Delete App.

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Now for the next step, here’s how we can reinstall Snapchat:

  1. First, open up the App Store and search for ‘Snapchat’ on the search bar.
  2. Once you’re there, tap on the Install button to begin the installation.

Snapchat has been successfully reinstalled on your iPhone. Open up the Snapchat camera and take a photo to see if the problem still persists.


6. Update Your iOS.

Now that we’ve updated Snapchat, let’s make sure your operating system is at its latest version. iOS 14 has a ton of bugs and glitches. Fortunately for us, Apple is working on this issue and are currently working on releasing patches for these bugs.

As of October 6, 2020, the latest iOS version is 14.0.1. If you haven’t updated your iOS already, this can be a great way to fix a ton of bugs on your iPhone.

Here’s how you can update your iOS:

  1. Go ahead and open up your Settings app and navigating to General.
  2. Once you’re there, tap on Software Update. There should be a clear indication on your screen if an update is available.

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  1. Finally, simply tap on Install Now and proceed through the prompts. You might be asked to input your PIN or Passcode, just fill this in.

If you did have an update available, then your problem may hopefully be fixed. Open up Snapchat and take a picture to check for the problem.


7. Factory Reset.

If you’re at the end of the line, a factory reset might be on your mind. Factory resetting your iPhone will nuke your operating system and personal files. A factory reset, otherwise known as a reformat, will delete all your files and reinstall the latest version of iOS on your iPhone.

A couple of other articles might suggest this fix. But, for us at Saint, we find it unnecessary. A factory reset will clear any problems with your iPhone’s operating system. However, if Snapchat is an isolated case of bad camera quality, then this isn’t your operating system’s fault.

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Regardless, if you feel the need to do it, a factory reset can be beneficial for your device. This will clear up any software issues building up in the background before it becomes a big problem. Here’s how you can perform a factory reset on your iPhone.

Now that you’ve reached the end of this article, we hope to have helped you with your ‘how to fix Snapchat camera quality on iOS 14’ inquiry. Keep in mind, it can take weeks and even months for an app to successfully be compatible with any major iOS update. Waiting for Snapchat’s next update might be your best shot.

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  • Mako Young

    Mako is a staff writer at Saint. He's been writing about tech for more than a decade. When he isn't reading about the latest news on Apple, he's busy studying cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, cloud computing, and other IT-related sectors. His exceptional work graces technology and Apple-related blogs like How-To Geek,, Macgasm, onMac, PhotoWorkout, GameRant, and many more. He also has a Bachelors in Computer Science and has been writing since 2018, with over 400 posts published. LinkedInX (Twitter)

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