Several Android tablet users recently reported that they have been seeing an “unfortunately, camera has stopped” error when they try to capture images on their tablet. They reported that their camera app would automatically force stop, which makes them impossible to capture images on the device.

If you have not rooted your Android tablet, then this issue will be most probably a system bug and it can be fixed through a simple restart. However, if you have installed a custom OS such as CyanogenMod, you will need to flash another compatible ROM via recovery to solve the issue. Below is how to fix the “unfortunately, camera has stopped” error in Android tablets.

Restart your Tablet

Even if you are using a custom OS on your Android tablet, restart the device and check whether the issue is solved before proceeding to any other troubleshooting steps. To turn off the device, gently hold the Power button of your tablet until the screen turns black. Wait for a couple of minutes and then once again hold the Power button to restart the device and check whether the error is solved.

Clear Cache and Data of the Camera App

In most cases, the application cache of the camera app is the major culprit behind the “unfortunately, camera has stopped” error. So, clear the cache and data of the app by following the below mentioned steps.

  • Go to the Settings menu of your Android tablet, tap Apps and then go to All.
  • Now scroll down until you see the Camera app and then tap on the same to open its settings.
  • Tap Clear Cache and Clear Data to wipe off the cache and data of the app.
  • Restart your Android tablet.

If you are still not able to access the camera app in your tablet, proceed to the next step.

Format External microSD Card

This error fixing method works only for Android tablet users who save the captured images on their external microSD memory card. Remove the memory card from your tablet and save the files to an external hard drive. Now, format the microSD card and insert it back to solve the error.

Android tablet users who have installed a custom ROM might be still encountering the “unfortunately, camera has stopped” error. In such cases, it is best to seek the help of an Android tablet repair technician to reflash the operating system of your device.