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AppleFan910

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Hey guys. Any help would be appreciated. My moms iPhone SE rear camera doesn’t work at all. Just a black screen. No flashlight either. Front facing camera works just fine. I’ve tried restarting the device, closing the camera app. Even downloading a 3rd party app to try. Still nothing. The phone is in good shape in a speck case. Could this be a hardware issue or software??
 

chscag

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How about the battery? Does it charge up to 100% and last for awhile? It is strange that both the rear camera and flashlight do not work. Sounds like it might be battery related?
 

Minho

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The flash will not work if the rear camera is offline; hence, you most likely have a hardware issue. You can try replacing the rear camera yourself (I recommend you follow the iFixit guides) to see if that solves the problem or not. It could also be a logic board issue, especially if you have had the phone repaired recently or it came into contact with water.
 

AppleFan910

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How about the battery? Does it charge up to 100% and last for awhile? It is strange that both the rear camera and flashlight do not work. Sounds like it might be battery related?
Yeah the phone itself is about 1-1/2 yrs old. Battery health shows over 90% battery health. So I can’t imagine it being battery related?? I know sometimes my dads 6 gets too hot and the flash/flash light won’t work, but he recently had a brand new battery put in by Apple
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The flash will not work if the rear camera is offline; hence, you most likely have a hardware issue. You can try replacing the rear camera yourself (I recommend you follow the iFixit guides) to see if that solves the problem or not. It could also be a logic board issue, especially if you have had the phone repaired recently or it came into contact with water.
Thanks for the replies guys.
The phone is original and hasn’t been repaired or had any other hardware issues. It hasn’t been submerged in water either.

Just strange. Since the phone is over a year old, with no AppleCare, I’m assuming that if the camera module itself is bad or logic board it’s going to come out of my pocket??
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The flash will not work if the rear camera is offline; hence, you most likely have a hardware issue. You can try replacing the rear camera yourself (I recommend you follow the iFixit guides) to see if that solves the problem or not. It could also be a logic board issue, especially if you have had the phone repaired recently or it came into contact with water.
I also seen a YouTube video saying that pressing hard on the camera itself sometimes fixes it. This a good idea?
 

Minho

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I also seen a YouTube video saying that pressing hard on the camera itself sometimes fixes it. This a good idea?

It is possible that the camera is partially or completely disconnected. If it isn't, then applying pressure is at best a bandaid solution.
 
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