How to Fix iPhone 11 Pro Extreme Lens Flare

Keep finding an extreme lens flare ruining your perfect shot on your iPhone 11 Pro?c
iPhone 11 Pro Extreme Lens Flare

Keep finding an extreme lens flare ruining your perfect shot on your iPhone 11 Pro?

You may have noticed that a lot of these flares appear if you take a picture with lights around. Several iPhone 11 Pro users have also reported experiencing this issue, with many being left frustrated by the potential of the camera on the device being tainted by a flaw as small as this.

Some users are helpful enough to provide pictures and videos (below), so others may have an idea of what they are dealing with. Apparently, most of them have experienced having dots and pieces of light reflections when taking pictures. Others have ghost reflections of some elements in portrait shots.



In this guide, we have written it to help you with the extreme lens flare issue on your iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max’s camera. Now we can’t promise that all of the potential solutions in this guide will fix the iPhone without making any hardware changes. This is because the extreme lens flare issue is most likely a result of the iPhone 11 Pro’s camera hardware than software.

Regardless, as you progress through this guide, you will one-by-one check off each solution before you ever need to decide to visit Apple directly to have it replaced.  

Let’s dive right in.


  1. Remove Protective Casing
  2. Clean External Lens
  3. Observe the Lights Around
  4. Use Photo Enhancement Software
  5. Update iOS to the Latest Version
  6. Replace Your iPhone 11 Pro


How to Fix iPhone 11 Pro Extreme Lens Flare: 5 Ways


1. Remove Protective Casing.

First and foremost, you will want to make sure that no glass reflection is occurring with the camera that can be caused by a protective casing you may have on your iPhone 11 Pro.

Having a protective casing that may have been designed to be too close with the camera lens compartment is a common cause of such lens flare issues. An example of this is your phone casing that has a protective glass that covers the camera area of your phone. Most of these protective glasses or clear plastic are not made from anti-reflective material and could cause flares.

What you can do is remove the casing and use your iPhone as is when you want to take pictures without lens flare or ghost images. This will prevent the light from reflecting on your camera lens. It should also take clearer and more accurate photos because there is no additional layer of material between your camera lens and the subject view.


iPhone 11 Pro Extreme Lens Flare


Additionally, if you still insist on having a cover on then, you can’t go wrong with any of Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro cases (not an affiliate link), which are specifically designed and engineered to befit the device itself. There are plenty of other great, affordable cover options out there too, but just make sure to test a cover by using your iPhone 11 Pro’s camera before you go ahead and buy it!



2. Clean External Lens.

Another popular and ever so common factor in causing flares to appear in your iPhone 11 Pro’s camera is if there are any water droplets or moisture on the camera lens. Yes, the iPhone 11 Pro is waterproof with an IP68 rating, but simply by having water droplets around the camera lens can act as an extra layer that can cause light abnormalities to your lens.

One tip (if you haven’t already done it) is to make sure you clean your external camera lens before you take a picture. You can use a microfiber cloth to clean and dry the external camera lenses of your iPhone 11 Pro. Take note that using a microfiber cloth is safer than using any cloth or your t-shirt because it is not prone to leaving any scratches on the surface due to its soft texture.


iPhone 11 Pro Extreme Lens Flare


Once you’ve made sure your camera lens is dry, try testing your camera once again to see if you’re able to capture images with no ghost reflections or extreme flares appearing in it.



3. Observe the Lights Around.

If you’re an expert photographer, then you can pretty much skip this. Although this is not a fix, it is equally important that you know where to position your iPhone 11 Pro to avoid lens flares when you take a photo. Unlike professional cameras, your iPhone 11 Pro does not have a lens hood, which means it is more susceptible to lens flare. What you can do to avoid this flares is to shield the lens with your hand and adjust the angle of your iPhone 11 Pro while taking photos.

The following video by Jared Polin shows how this is done in the first 5 minutes of the video while also providing some tips on how you can combat the lens flares.



The same principles learned are also applicable during night time photography. The only difference is, you have to consider the artificial lights around you when you proceed to take a shot. If you think you are getting a lot of lens flare from a certain angle, adjust it slightly. It is helpful to have a tripod iPhone holder if you really want to get stable and accurate shots. Remember to utilize the features of your iPhone camera app, especially Night mode. With this, you should be able to get elegant photos that will satisfy your artful taste.



4. Use Photo Enhancement Software.

Again this is not a fix directly for the iPhone itself, but it is instead something which you can try to do to remove the lens flare seen in the pictures taken. By using photo enhancement software, you can edit and manage these flares to your preference.


iPhone 11 Pro Extreme Lens Flare


However, if you want more enhanced effects and advanced editing, you can use dedicated photo-editing software for photos and images. The most popular of that software is Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which can be installed on macOS and Windows operating systems. With this, you can manage the flares for effects on your photos and edit your images.



5. Update iOS to the Latest Version.

There are two ways in which the lens flare issue can be caused: 1) software and 2) hardware. For the latter, you will most likely need to have the camera component checked out to see if there are any issues, but we show you can do this in the next method. For the former, however, the best way to go about it is to make sure you keep your iPhone updated to the latest iOS version.

Apple often releases a patch or two that addresses bugs like this with the camera. By installing the latest iOS updates, you get those patches installed. By the time you read this post, or if you’ve been putting off on installing a recent iOS update, then we suggest that you go through the steps below and install the latest iOS updates on your iPhone 11 Pro:

Here’s how you check for the latest iOS updates and then install them:

  1. Firstly, make sure your iPhone is connected to a stable power source and the internet using Wi-Fi.
  2. Next, head over into your Settings app and then tap General.
  3. Now select Software Update.
  4. Then tap on the Download and Install option to begin the download and installation process for the update.
  5. When prompted, tap Install to proceed with the update installation.
  6. Lastly, enter your passcode if applicable.

iPhone 11 Pro Extreme Lens Flare



6. Replace Your iPhone 11 Pro.

If you’ve made sure to keep your iOS updated to the latest version as well as carry out the above tips, but you still find that the extreme lens flares are getting annoying, then your iPhone 11 Pro may have defective camera hardware. The majority of the users who experienced this issue opted for a replacement of their iPhone 11 Pro as soon as they found out about the issue. If this is the case, make sure to let an Apple-certified technician inspect your device. It is also essential that you show them the pictures that you have taken that show the lens flare. You can avail their services at your nearest Apple Store.


Apple Store


The lens flare issue is likely caused by a manufacturing defect of the camera lens. If you are planning to get a replacement, it’s crucial that you check the warranty options for your iPhone 11 Pro before going there. If you’ve just bought your iPhone 11 Pro recently, then understand that you have up to 14 days for returns and refunds of the device. They might offer you to replace the camera or the whole device itself. Once you obtain the replacement, make sure to do a test of the camera before leaving the store!


iPhone 11 Pro Extreme Lens Flare


As we close this article, we hope that the tips above have proven a pathway to diagnose and fix the extreme lens flare issue you’ve been getting on your iPhone 11 Pro. If you have questions related to this topic, please feel free to leave a comment below, and we will love to help you out. ❤


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