How to Allow Camera Access on Snapchat
Are you having problems with camera access on Snapchat? Do you get a pop-up message asking you to allow camera access, but don’t know how? Well, you’re not alone. A lot of Snapchat users have been getting the same message.
Resolving this issue isn’t difficult, but it can be frustrating when you don’t know where to start. In this article, we’ll show you everything you need to know about allowing camera access on Snapchat.
Allowing Camera in Settings for Snapchat
First, you’ll need to check if Snapchat’s allowed access to your phone’s camera. If you’re an iPhone user, follow these steps:
- Go to the “Settings.”
- Scroll down and tap on “Snapchat.”
- Make sure the Camera button is Green/Enabled.
For Android users, here’s how to allow camera access on Snapchat:
- Go to the “Settings” on your phone and find “Applications” (or Apps depending on software version.)
- Tap on Applications and find “Snapchat.”
- Tap on “Permissions.”
- Finally, check that the Camera button is Green/Enabled.
The App Limit and Camera Restrictions Solution
The steps above should work in most cases. Occasionally, iOS users have experienced problems even after following these steps. One potential cause of these issues is an app limit on your Snapchat app which means it’ll set your usage time. If this is the case, you’ll have problems with Snapchat because you might’ve exceeded your app usage limit for that day. If that occurs, you should remove the app limit. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to the Settings and find General or Screen Time, depending on your device.
- Tap App Limits and find “Snapchat and Camera.”
- Next, you’ll have to Disable App Limit (toggle the button) and Delete App Limit for both of these.
However, you might also have problems if there’s a general restriction on your Camera. This can cause a number of issues. Follow these steps to fix it:
- Go to the “Settings.“
- Select “Privacy.”
- Under Privacy, you’ll see an option for ‘Camera‘ and an option for Photos.’ Click on each one and verify that Snapchat is enabled.
Photos should display “All Photos” while the Camera will show a toggle switch.
You may have disabled the App and Camera limit, or allowed Camera access in Settings, but you’re still seeing that annoying ‘Oops! Snapchat is a camera app.’ If the error still appears, try the troubleshooting options in the next section to resolve the issue.
Turn Your Phone On/Off
The good old turn on/off method often works in these situations. By doing so, you get rid of the RAM (random access memory) that increases over time and slows down your device and apps. Therefore, your device gets more storage space.
Make sure your phone is turned off for two to three minutes, though. Then you can turn it back on. This may resolve your issue permanently. If it doesn’t, there are other steps you can follow.
Delete Your Snapchat Cache
Your phone needs occasional cache clearing up. All apps build a certain amount of cache over time and this allows the app to run faster and work more efficiently. Over time, too much cache can build up on your device and eventually slow it down.
By deleting the Snapchat cache, you’ll free your phone storage significantly. You may wonder if this will remove all your snaps, messages, or memories. Don’t worry – clearing up the Snapchat cache will leave these intact. Moreover, the photos or videos you saved from Snapchat to your phone’s gallery will also be safe.
The steps are the same whether you’re an Android or iOS user. The only difference is that with iOS devices when you get to the third step, you’ll have to select and delete all app cache. Here’s how to do it:
- Tap on the profile photo icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
- Next, tap on the Settings in the right upper corner of the screen.
- Scroll down, find Clear Cache, and tap it.
- You’ll get a pop-up message, asking you if you want to continue with the operation or cancel it. Tap Continue.
Update Your Snapchat
Making sure your app is up-to-date is crucial. The updates remove any errors or bugs in previous versions. Here’s how you can see if your Snapchat is running on the latest version.
If you’re an iOS user, just go to the App Store, find the Profile Icon, and scroll down until you see Update Snapchat. If you’re an Android user, go to the Play Store and find Snapchat. Tap Update if it’s available.
With this step, you’ll know for sure if the Snapchat you’re using is up-to-date.
Reinstall Your Snapchat
On occasion, something might go wrong during the installation process. If you’ve tried out everything and still couldn’t fix the issue with the camera access, it’s best if you just delete Snapchat and reinstall it.
Check Your Internet Connection
This may sound a bit strange, but if you’re having issues with your camera in the Snapchat app, try switching wifi off and connecting to cellular data or vice versa.
Snapchat is an internet-based application and won’t work without a strong, steady connection.
Frequently Asked Questions
Snapchat can be a tricky app to get working. With so many settings, updates, and versions available, you may have more questions. We’ve reviewed the most frequently asked questions below:
The camera option isn’t listed in my iPhone settings. What can I do?
One common problem that many iOS users have come across is the missing ‘Camera’ option in their phone’s settings. First, make sure that iOS is up-to-date. If you’re running much older software on your phone it’s not likely to recognize the needs of newer versions of the Snapchat app (in this case, the camera). If your iOS is up-to-date or if you don’t think this is your problem, try a force restart of your phone. For models with a home button, hold the home button and power button together until the phone reboots and you see the Apple logo. For newer iPhones, you will need to tap the volume up and release, then tap the volume down and release, then hold the sleep/wake button on the side until you see the Apple logo.
My camera is working, but it’s blurry. Is there a fix for this?
This is another fairly common issue for many users. If you’ve followed the steps above to clear the cache and make sure everything is updated, the next step would be to ensure that the camera housing is clean and free of any debris. This is especially important for phones that have liquid or physical damage. Over time, dust particles and corrosion can impact your camera.
The easiest way to figure out whether this is a Snapchat software problem (in which case you need to contact support or update the app if one is available) or if it’s your phone (which means you’ll likely need hardware repair) is to see if your phone’s native camera app is working properly.
What does ‘Oops, Snapchat is a camera app’ mean?
This is an error message that Snapchat delivers when the app isn’t detecting your camera. If this text appears it means that either Snapchat doesn’t have access to your camera, or there’s a software problem. In some cases, there may even be a hardware problem. If your camera isn’t working at all it’s likely the latter. By following the methods we’ve discussed above, the error should be resolved.
Can I limit Snapchat’s access to my camera?
It’s a common question for those who are interested in internet privacy. The concern of applications having too many permissions is certainly a valid one for many. Unfortunately, Snapchat won’t work without the permissions.
You do have options though. Using Apple’s Screen Time or Android’s Digital Well Being functions some users do have the option to limit certain permissions by setting time limits. For example, if you set Snapchat to a 15 minute per day time limit, the app will not open and therefore, shouldn’t access the camera. We wouldn’t call this a fool-proof method of course. You can toggle the permissions off and on as you please, but the only way to ensure that Snapchat isn’t accessing your camera is to completely uninstall it from your phone.
Is Snapchat down?
The issue you’re having with your camera may be an issue with Snapchat’s servers. If this is the case, there isn’t anything you can do to fix it yourself. You’ll need to wait for the developers to fix it. Fortunately, finding out if there’s an ongoing issue is really simple. You can visit Snapchat’s official Twitter page, or the Down Detector website.
Users who are also having issues with Snapchat will either take their complaints to Twitter, or they’ll use the Down Detector website to report errors.
Find a Solution That Works for You
Now you shouldn’t have any further problems with allowing camera access on Snapchat. This issue can be bothersome, so make sure you find a solution that works for you. Be sure to check if Snapchat is allowed access to your camera and if there isn’t an app limit or camera restriction. If that’s all good, then follow the additional steps like turning your phone on/off or reinstalling Snapchat.
Have you encountered this problem before? Did any of these tips help you? Tell us in the comments section below.