How to fix a blurry picture on Android

Gone are the days when our mobile phones had only one purpose; that is communication. Nowadays we use them as storage devices and most relevant to our case, taking photos. We no longer have to use those old school cameras and then wait for days for the film to be processed.

Taking photos is one thing while taking quality photos is another. Sometimes, your android phone only ends up leaving you more disappointed than before by giving you a blurry picture and in the process ruining some good moments.

So why would your phone take a blurry picture?

You may be focusing poorly on the image

Your android phone camera probably has an autofocus feature which performs the task of adjusting the focus. However, at times it is unable to perform this operation effectively due to a variety of factors. One of them may be that the camera is too close to the image.

Poor timing in taking the photo

It is common knowledge that the autofocus feature may not work if you take the picture too soon. So unless you want to end up with a blurry picture, take your time before pressing the button.

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Issues with the camera lens

At times you may find yourself touching the camera lens without realizing it. You may solve this issue by cleaning the lens but if you are not careful, you may only end up creating an even bigger problem. If by any chance you scratch the lens while cleaning it, then your camera will be as good as done.

Movements during photo-take 

The slightest movement just as you tap the camera button may blur your image. You may be lucky to have an advanced android phone which has the ability to minimize the movement of an object, given that there is enough light.

You may still encounter challenges with an advanced Smartphone since the camera sensor would still need to be exposed to light for a period of time. Any movement that time and the blurry image would stick with you.

That being said, you should be pleased to know that the issue of blurry pictures on Android phones can be fixed. We shall introduce you to a variety of apps which can fix this problem easily and effectively.

The PIXLR photo editor

This app has a really friendly user interface. It is a free app in the Google Playstore but if you want to avoid the occasional ad pop-ups, you can acquire the full version at fee.

Some of the tools which you will find in this app include overlays and photo filters. We shall also mention some pros and cons of this app to you.


  • It is freely available.
  • It has a range of photo editing tools.
  • It has photo focusing abilities which will come in handy in fixing blurry pictures.


  • For the free version, you will have to put up with annoying ad pop-ups.
  • It compromises on the quality of the image when you reduce the resolution.
  • The app may crash when you are downloading the high resolution version of the image.

The Afterlight app

This app also has a friendly UI and is quite straightforward to use.

Although it is a recent entrant in the photo-editing field, it has a range of tools which make it quite effective in enhancing the quality of photos you take on your phone.


  • It has a freely available version.
  • It has a variety of photo-editing tools.


  • The full package comes at a fee.
  • It is more optimized for the iOS.

The Fotor photo editor

This app is in real sense a camera on its own. Its tools are impressively artistic tools. Even better, you can customize these tools to suit your preference.


  • It is freely available.
  • The artistic feature enhances the user experience.
  • It is really easy to use.

Adobe Photoshop Express 

This app is one of the most easily available and common Photoshop software out there. For the Photoshop enthusiasts and beginners, this app is just for you.


  • It is freely available.
  • It fixes blurry pictures in a matter of seconds.
  • It contains a wide range of tools; including those for clarity and sharpening photos.


  • You cannot zoom the image during editing.
  • You may need to create a creative cloud account.
  • There is no clear guideline or option in saving the image.

Enhance Photo Quality app 

This app has a range of tools including filters, frames and color adjustments. All these tools enhance its photo focusing features.


  • It is freely available.
  • The tools and features are quite easy to use.
  • It offers a variety of photo editing tools.


  • It has annoying ad pop-ups.
  • The final image tends to be of less quality than expected (disappointing).
  • Going by numerous reviews online, the five star ratings given on the app are more of coercion.

The sharpen image app

This is perhaps the best of them all. Going by its features, it seems it was developed specifically for this function.

It performs two main actions; it adjusts the pixel size (texture) and sharpens the image.


  • It is available for free.
  • It is basic and easy to use.
  • The radius slider enables it to adjust the texture.
  • It has another slider which controls the sharpening effect.

The Fix photo Blur app 

This app utilizes algorithms to remove blurs from your photo. Apart from blurs, this advanced app removes chroma and Gaussian noise from your pictures.

The app is quite easy to use. To remove blurs from your image, you would need to move the “Fix Blur” slider. The more you move it to the right, the more the blur will be removed.

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This app also comes with the “Fix Noise” slider, which removes the unwanted noise left behind during blur removal. By noise, we mean the grains and colored sparkles that tend to lower the quality of your photos.

Wrapping it up 

All these apps offer short term solutions to fixing blurry photos. You should always prepare yourself for disappointments as the photos will not always turn out to be as clear as you would expect.

So why don’t give the apps a try and see which impresses you most?

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