Can’t Enable Camera Access for Instagram on iPhone

Last Updated on Sep 25, 2020

The latest version of iOS is causing too much trouble in the iPhone while using third-party applications like Instagram. Many people have reported that they can’t enable camera access for the Instagram App after the iOS 14 updates, and without those permissions, you can’t even record the video or capture photos directly from the Instagram app. Furthermore, sometimes the Instagram app won’t even let you access the Photos app to upload the photos and videos from the default photos app.

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Never fear, we’ve prepared a list of potential workarounds to deal with that can’t enable camera access for the Instagram app. Usually, on opening the Instagram App for the first time after installing or updating the iPhone, third-party applications ask for various permissions including the camera, microphone, and more. Fix the unable to access the camera on Instagram iPhone.

Fix Unable to Access the Camera App in Instagram iPhone

Turn On Camera Access for Instagram

The first setting you should be checking is for the granted permissions for the Instagram App. Just like any other apps, Instagram App needs certain permissions like Camera, Microphone, Photos App, etc. to use the functionality of the iPhone.

Often, while using the app for the first time, the Instagram app automatically asks for the permissions. But if you’ve missed that chance, here’s how to turn on camera access from the settings app.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap Instagram.
  3. Under Allow Instagram to Access option, turn ON Camera
  4. Also, tap on the Photos option, and select All Photos (in iOS 14 and later), or Choose Read and Write (for iOS 13 and Earlier user).

Enable Camera Access for Instagram from Privacy Settings

There’s one more setting you should be determining for the camera access, its in the Privacy section. Check it out.

  1. Navigate to the Settings app on iPhone.
  2. Tap on Privacy.
  3. Select Camera
  4. Toggle Instagram switch to On.

Force Restart iPhone

If everything is already set up correctly, but still the Instagram is unable to access the camera of the iPhone, then considering it as a minor glitch, force restart the iPhone. Matter of fact is, every iPhone has a different way to force restart, find yours and do force reboot iPhone.

For iPhone 8 or later,

  • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  • Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  • Press and hold the Side button and release it when the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 7/7Plus,

  • Press and hold the Volume Down button and Power button until the Apple logo appears on the display.

For iPhone 6S or ealier,

  • Press and hold the Home button and Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo comes up on display.

Check for Screen Time Restrictions

Screen Time and Content & Privacy Restrictions are for our greater good, to let us know, and alert when we reach the daily limit to use a particular app. At the same time, it also controls the privacy of your device by governing the required permissions of the apps, including the Instagram app. If you haven’t allowed Instagram to access the Camera app, then Instagram won’t be able to access the camera unless you decide to change the settings.

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Swipe down and hit the Screen Time.
  3. Select Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  4. Go to Allowed
  5. Turn On Camera
  6. Move to previous screen (Settings app > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions)
  7. Locate and tap Photos
  8. Be sure to check the Allow Changes option.
  9. Besides, toggle on Instagram.

Make Sure Low Power Mode is Turned Off

Low Power Mode is solely designed to save the battery of the iPhone, in return it turns off the battery eating features of the apps. If you forgot to turn off the Low Power Mode or accidentally it is enabled by you, these are the steps to turn off Low Power Mode on iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Swipe down to the Battery, tap on it.
  3. Disable Low Power Mode

Check Updates for Instagram App

Every other day Instagram pushes the new updates to introduce cool features aside from fixing the regular bugs. Do update the Instagram app to the latest version, to get rid of minor bugs.

  1. Go to the App Store.
  2. On the upper-right corner, hit the Profile icon.
  3. Find the Instagram app and tap on the Update button if it persists.

Reinstall the Instagram App

Reinstalling the Instagram App removes all the cache and data associated with the Instagram App, however, your Instagram profile is safe and secure, only the app’s data will be deleted from the device.

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  1. Touch and hold the Instagram app icon until it starts shaking.
  2. Tap on (x) Instagram app to delete.
  3. Later you can install it again from the App Store.
  4. After reinstalling the Instagram App, when you first open the Instagram app, it will ask you for the Camera, and other permissions. Allow it.

Reset All Settings

Last but not the least, reset all settings of the iPhone, would reset all the customized settings of the device to the default. In case if you’ve made any incorrect settings on the iPhone, and you Can’t Enable Camera Access for Instagram, do it the right way.

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap General > Reset.
  3. Select Reset All Settings.
  4. Type the iPhone Passcode.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions and complete the procedure.

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