6 Best Ways You Can Allow Camera Access on Snapchat

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Published 16 June 2022

Everyone uses Snapchat these days as it is a top-rated social media app. Not only can you chat with friends and update them about your lifestyle, but you can also take pictures with fantastic filters, which is the highlight of this app.

When you realize that you cannot take pictures with Snapchat, there’s a possibility that you don’t allow camera access on Snapchat. Thankfully, it’s very straightforward. This article will show you how to allow camera access on Snapchat as an iOS user, Android user, and the app itself.

iPhone method – step by step

If you are an iPhone user, follow these simple steps below to allow camera access on Snapchat.

1. Navigate to settings

From the home screen, navigate to Settings. The settings icon looks like the below picture on iPhone.

Iphone settings icon

2. Find the Snapchat app in your settings menu

Scroll down until you see the Snapchat icon. Select this to manage Snapchat settings for your phone.

Finding snapchat in the settings menu on iphone

3. Toggling the camera permission setting

You can disable/re-enable camera access using the toggle setting next to “Camera”. Green indicates that it’s enabled, and grey suggests that it’s disabled.

Toggling the camera permission for snapchat on iphone

Force Close the Snapchat app as soon as you allow camera access on snapchat, you should now be able to access your camera.

Android method – step by step

It’s just as easy to do this on Android phones as on iPhones. Follow the simple steps below to allow camera access on Snapchat.

1. Navigate to settings

From the home screen, open the Settings app. This may look different depending on the Android system you have installed on your phone, but it should look something like the below picture.

Android settings icon

2. Select Apps or Apps and Notifications

Scroll until you see “Apps” or “Apps and Notifications” and select it. This will bring you to a menu where you can select individual apps and change their settings. These settings will determine and change how the app works on your phone and what it’s allowed to do.

Selecting apps or apps and notifications in the settings menu on android

3. Find Snapchat in your app list

Once opened, scroll down your application options till you see Snapchat and select it. If you don’t see Snapchat on this list, likely, you don’t have an official version of Snapchat installed. There’s also a slim chance that the app isn’t installed.

Finding snapchat in the app list on android

4. Select Permissions

Click on Permissions under app settings or notifications. This permission menu lets you change an app’s different permission to decide what you allow it to do on the phone.

App info menu for snapchat on android

5. Change camera permissions

Select Camera. This is where you’ll change the camera permission for the Snapchat app.

App permissions menu for snapchat on android

Depending on your Android phone, it will ask whether you want to “allow only while using the app” or “ask every time“. Choose the option that suits you best.

Once this is done, you should be able to open up Snapchat and use the camera properly.

Allowing camera access on snapchat through camera permissions menu on android

Through the Snapchat App

You can also allow camera access through the Snapchat app on your iPhone or Android device.

From the home screen, navigate to the Snapchat app and once you’ve opened Snapchat, select your profile picture in the top-left corner.

Profile picture location on the snapchat app

Snapchat settings are represented as a gear icon in the top right corner. Proceed into the settings menu.

Settings location in the profile menu on snapchat

Scroll down and tap on “Manage“, which is under Additional Services.

Manage option in the settings menu on snapchat

Select “Permissions“.

Permissions option in the manage menu on snapchat

All the permissions under Snapchat will be listed below. Select “Camera” and enable whatever permissions you need.

Camera option in the permissions menu on snapchat

Try these steps if camera access still isn’t allowed by your Snapchat app

These additional steps will hopefully fix any issues you may be having with your Snapchat app regarding allowing camera access. If none of the above or below steps work for you, then it may be time to contact Snapchat support as the issue may be a software problem with your phone or a bug within the app itself.

Restart the App

Once you’ve tried all the necessary steps above and access to your camera on Snapchat is still not allowed, try restarting the app. To do this, you should close the app and ensure it is not working in the background. Then open it again to check if the app is working.

Force the App to Stop

Another thing you can do is to force the app to stop working on Android or iOS (force close the app) and restart your phone. Once your phone turns on, relaunch the app, and your camera access should be enabled.

Update Your App

Another reason your camera access may be disabled on Snapchat is that you need to update the app. Go to Play Store as an Android user and the App store as an iOS user to update your app. Your camera access should be enabled after this.


Sometimes, a problem is not as big as it seems; all you need to do is follow some simple steps, and you will solve it in no time. Follow the steps above to allow camera access on your Snapchat.


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