Blurry iPhone 4 Photos? Check the Lens

Over the past month, every picture I shot with my iPhone 4 was terrible. The photos grainy, the colors were off and bright light completely washed out the entire scene.

I love the camera on the iPhone – besides the Retina Display, the camera is my second favorite feature. So this was kind of a big deal.

The pictures were so bad looking that I stopped using the camera on my iPhone.

Today, I took the phone to the genius bar at the Southdale Apple Store to find out what the problem was. I assumed the software or camera sensor was failing and they’d replace it – or give me a new iPhone :)

I was wrong.

The genius took one look at the lens on the back of the iPhone and said “Your lens is completely scratched. That’s why your pictures are blurry.”


  1. Does that mean I’ll have blurry, crappy pictures until I get a new iPhone in another year?
  2. Do I have to pay hundreds of dollars to buy a new iPhone?

The genius (seeing the disappointment on my face) said, “for $30 bucks we can replace the back panel of the iPhone and your pictures will be crystal clear again.”


5 minutes later I was taking awesome, razor sharp pictures again.

Protect Your iPhone

The point of this blog post is to remind you to protect your iPhone – especially if taking pictures is important to you. Look at the camera on the back of your phone to see if the lens is scratched. If it is, you’ll eventually end up with blurry pictures like I did.

The good news is, you can save yourself the hassle and a few bucks if you use a case on your iPhone. The Apple Genius said the scratches were probably caused by setting the phone down without the case.

Get a case for your iPhone!

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