Snapchat Camera Quality: How to Improve It?

Here’s how to improve Snapchat’s camera quality for Android phones and iPhones:

The app might be malfunctioning, so you can troubleshoot it directly by restarting the app, restarting the phone, and running any updates.

It’s possible that Snapchat is not optimized for your specific model of phone. 

In that case, you can simply take the pictures with the camera app and then upload them to Snapchat.

If you want to learn all about how to improve your camera quality on Snapchat, then you’re in the right place.

Keep reading!

Snapchat Camera Quality: How to Improve? (Android & iPhone)

Does It Seems Like You Look Fatter in Pictures Than in the Mirror?

Before we get to how you can improve your Snapchat camera quality, do you feel like you look fatter in pictures than in the mirror?

You might look fatter in a picture than in a mirror for two reasons. 

Cameras can distort images and make you look strange in pictures. 

Another difference between seeing yourself in a photograph and in a mirror is that seeing yourself in a photograph can induce a different emotional reaction.

Learn all about why you might appear fatter in a picture than in a mirror here.

How Do You Fix Snapchat’s Camera Quality on an iPhone? (4 Ways)

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When Snapchat quality fails, the root cause won’t always be the same for all phones.

On average, Snapchat is optimized for iOS better than for Android (which is not always the case for other apps).

If you have camera quality problems on Snapchat for iOS, you likely need to do some troubleshooting.

Issues with Android are discussed further down.

#1 Check the Camera Quality

The first thing you want to do is ensure that the problem really does lie with Snapchat. There’s a chance that your camera is being wonky. So, take a few pictures. Do some with Snapchat. 

Take some with the native camera app, and take a few with any other apps that you like for sharing photos (Instagram comes to mind). Compare all three.

If the problem is only related to video, you can perform the same steps using video instead of still photos.

If all of these photos have quality issues, then the camera itself needs troubleshooting (keep in mind that it could be a software issue). For that, you can go to Apple support or your carrier, and they can help you get the camera back on track.

If only Snapchat is having trouble, then the following troubleshooting steps will likely resolve the issue.

#2 Restart the App

You hear this a lot in tech troubleshooting. Always turn it off and on again. There’s a good reason for this advice.

All software uses temporary files and folders in order to function efficiently, and that includes Snapchat. 

Sometimes, the temporary folders get too full.

Other times, a file is corrupted and creates problems. In either case, you need to clear the folders to fix the issue.

Restarting an app clears the temporary files. You can completely quit the app.

On an iPhone, you don’t really need to wait for anything before trying the app again. It will automatically clear files and run through any processes that it needs.

So, just quit the app and open it again.

Keep in mind that this is referring to quitting an app altogether.

You need to open the App Switcher and swipe up after you navigate to Snapchat.

#3 Restart the Phone

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Snapchat can have problems that aren’t located in the app’s temporary files. A number of software issues can mess with picture quality, and a lot of them will be tied to temporary files outside of Snapchat.

The easy fix is to restart the phone. You’ll clear all of the temporary files across the phone. It’s a better way to be sure that you get everything. 

When the phone restarts, try Snapchat. There is a good chance that the issue is resolved.

If it isn’t resolved, you have now ruled out temporary files as a potential cause. You don’t need to keep restarting the phone or the app.

#4 Run Updates

There will be times when app problems are rooted in the code of the app itself. Developers are constantly trying to improve and fix things, and Snapchat is no exception. 

Especially if the photo quality issues only recently occurred, check for updates. Snapchat updates are rolled out frequently, and they fix all kinds of problems.

You should also check for iOS updates.

System-level updates can absolutely impact your camera, and by extension, Snapchat photo quality. This is especially a concern when major update packages are released by Apple. 

Typically, Apple launches a new version of iOS every year. This is the most important update to stay on top of Snapchat quality. There are a handful of other major updates throughout the year, and they are also vital.

How Do You Improve Snapchat Camera Quality on an Android?

Android issues can diverge from iOS issues pretty rapidly.

The way Snapchat is designed for Android is substantially different from how it is designed for iOS, and that leads to some complications that have to be managed.

This mostly boils down to variety. At any given time, the vast majority of iPhone users are only on two versions of iOS. That makes it a lot easier for Snapchat to optimize the app for iOS and stay ahead of bugs and problems. 

With the Android version, you are dealing with countless different software versions and hardware variations that make it nearly impossible to standardize the app across the Android platform.

So, you can still try troubleshooting the app, but you might end up searching for a workaround that overcomes the software engineering limitations of Snapchat for Android.

Run Through the Troubleshooting Steps

When it comes to troubleshooting, the steps for Android and iPhone are identical. You want to start by identifying the problem.

Compare Snapchat photos to photos from other apps and directly from the camera. 

If Snapchat is clearly worse than the others, then follow the troubleshooting steps above. First, restart the app.

If the problem continues, try restarting the phone. Check for updates, and if necessary, you can even try resetting the whole phone.

If the problem is not unique to Snapchat, then it is probably tied to the camera itself or the native software that controls the camera. You can start by cleaning the camera lens.

You can also contact your carrier for support to troubleshoot the camera and get better picture quality. When that is resolved, it should help your Snapchat pictures too.

Post Directly From Your Camera

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When Snapchat is clearly the problem, and troubleshooting steps don’t help, then it’s time to look for a workaround. You need a better way to get high-quality pictures on Snapchat, and there’s a fairly easy way.

Don’t take pictures directly on Snapchat.

Instead, you can take the picture with your camera and save it to the photo roll. From there, you can share the photo to Snapchat and use all of the Snapchat editing tools as you see fit. There is a potential catch. 

Snapchat uses specific photo dimensions, so you might have to crop it into a ratio that Snapchat likes. As long as you can do that, this technique will work, and your Snapchat photos will be a ton better.

Keep in mind that this can work across apps. If you prefer taking photos with Instagram, for example, then go ahead and do that. Then, share the photo to Snapchat and go from there.

Why Do You Look Pretty in the Mirror but Ugly in Flipped Phone Pictures?

You think your face looks pretty in the mirror but ugly and asymmetrical in flipped phone pictures? There’s a reason for that.

You see yourself in a mirror every day, so you perceive this as your original image.

Therefore, when you see yourself in phone pictures, your face seems to be turned the wrong way, since that’s how you’re used to seeing it. 

As a result, your brain is the one telling you that the image is ugly. This is psychological.

Learn all about why it seems like your face looks pretty in the mirror but ugly and asymmetrical in flipped phone pictures here.


  • Theresa McDonough

    Tech entrepreneur and founder of Tech Medic, who has become a prominent advocate for the Right to Repair movement. She has testified before the US Federal Trade Commission and been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, helping influence change within the tech industry.