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Back Camera and LED/Flash not working, Wifi is extremely weak.

When I open the camera app, front camera works fine but when I switch to the back camera the display goes black. In the top left corner it shows the following message, "Flash is Disabled - The iPhone needs to cool down before you can use the flash." But the phones temperature feels normal. Also the Wifi signal is very weak and it doesn't pick up all the networks around me. I need to sit right next to the router in order to pick up Wifi and connect, but even then, the signal is still very slow. I bought another 5s (with a working camera) for parts and I put the new camera and LED into my phone, but its still showing the same messages. And I also put in a new Power/Volume ribbon cable in order to fix the Wifi. I had a problem with my power button but it was fixed after that swap, but the Wifi, back Camera and LED problems still persist. At this point I'm starting to think that the problem is in the logic-board but I'm not 100% sure. Please let me know the easiest possible fix for this, whether its replacing the logic-board or replacing the components on the logic board. Thank you in advance for your answers!

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I have the same broblem

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I am having the same problem. The error message shows up but only while taping on the back camera nothing for the front camera anyone have any solution please show the way out from this problem.

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have a same issue. iPhone 5s with ios 10.11

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have the same issue with iPhone 5s, my phone seems not having temperature issue imho. how am i supposed to fix it ? cant even open back camera, when flip to camera from front to back i get this message " iphone needs to cooldown before you can use the flash." and i cant open flashlight from control center. thank you in advance.

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as I said before - for me there was a problem with loosenedn unplugged cable from the camera ! after some crashing fall or I dunno, I am used to open my phone and I know how and I just plugged it back in and it was working - no problem with iOs or so.. so better find someone who is able to repair it with tools and open the iphone, GL

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I am Brazilian, excuse the horrible English but was the solution I found for my problem. I believe that this error and given the excessive use of "Low Power Mode"

- go to Settings > Reset > Reset All Content and Settings

- after reset go to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode ( Turn on/turn off 3x)

- Click on button Power + Home until Apple Logo

- go to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode ( Turn on/turn off 3x)

- Swipe up in Control Center > Activate Flash

- go to the Camera

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Hello, i think that's a nice solution for this problem and thank you

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Wont this erase all of my photos and contacts?

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Hello. I actually dropped my iPhone 5s once. From then the back camera and flash is not working with same above msg. Still this solution works for me???

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this solution is best

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Hi , I actually dropped my iPhone 6s once. When I can use this back camera and flash then I give massege the I phone needs to cool down before you can use the flash. Still this solution for me??

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I fixed the wifi problem, the phone was dropped hard enough where it damaged the wifi cable. After removing the upper component cable, underneath it I noticed half of the wifi cable was somehow missing. I then removed it and replaced it with a new one. But still not sure about the back camera/flash problem.

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Did you ever notice why the camera and led flash was not working.? its because this just started happening to me

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This doesn't work on my iPhone 5s, pls someone help :(

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same problem 5.2.1, except wifi fine.

sometimes LED works, sometimes not. power off and power on sometimes let camera work once, then back to problem. quite obviously nothing to do with hear, as message says.

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pls help me my iphone camera is disabled

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I have been having this same issue for over a month ago and even after surfing online for the solution and trying them(changing battery, hard reset including all the solutions here) nothing worked. Yesterday while checking up fixes on YouTube I saw a recent video on how to fix this issue and it actually worked for me. Hope it works for others too.. video link:

https://youtu.be/lQbAd8Ws5Ek

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I had this issue on a 5s. My phone definitely wasn't overheating, despite the message. I tried restoring to factory settings. no change. I tried switching out with a new camera/microphone unit. no change. But, putting a new battery in solved the "overheating" issue immediately. Flash and flightlight are both working now!

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So as I was used to open iphone many times while repairing screen etc according to ifixit - I opened it and cable from rear camera was loosened a bit and that was it ! try it.. it works fine again.. even if I made downgrade to 9.3.5 haha I might keep it from 10.0.2, which is crap, but cannot put the backup back in :/ because it was created in newer version of ios :/ Good luck guys.

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I have been having this same issue for over a month ago and even after surfing online for the solution and trying them(changing battery, hard reset including all the solutions here) nothing worked. Yesterday while checking up fixes on YouTube I saw a recent video on how to fix this issue and it actually worked for me. Hope it works for others too.. video link:

https://youtu.be/lQbAd8Ws5Ek

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Hello i cant understand of audio of the vid can you please elaborate it now it will be a big help for me thanks in advance

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I think you should comment on the YouTube video comment section.it would be better that way. Since it was posted not long ago

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Please i have the some problem. I do actuality softwer to IOS 9.02 and camera doesnt work. pleaseee helpp

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Same no flash, no back camera, wifi sluggish - just installed iOS 9.2 last night

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I had the same problem after iOS 9 upgrade. Changed the camera 3 times and still did not work. But then the overheated flash message gave me an idea. I turn the phone off for 30 minutes. When I turned the phone back on the camera worked normally.

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I had same problem after upgrade to ios 9.3.1. After i restart the phone . The camera still not worked

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Flash is Disabled - The iPhone needs to cool down before you can use the flash." Does anyone have an answer for this problem?

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i am on ios 9.2.1 on a 4s and have the same problem where the rear camera just shows black and the warning says that i must wait for it to cool down... why is it doing this? HELP PLEASE

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Working without a break even if a person?

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same problem with 9.3.5 Back cam not working. Flash too..

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Had you fix your problem? I got the same problem with my iPhone 5s

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reheat wifi ic 300 degree @ 10-15 seconds and so me flux to reflow.

if no luck then replace/reball wifi chip

camera flash is a diffrent problem..

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My cable was opened and check rear camera lossened cable flex, but it was solid.

I did try on/off low power mode, no luck

Trying restore, reset all cetting, reset all content and setting, still no luck.

My rear camera still in black mode and flash dis not turn on..

Need help here please

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I have been wrestling with this problem on iPhone 4S for more than a week. "Flash is Disabled - The iPhone needs to cool down before you can use the flash." I had transferred the motherboard from one phone to another and still had the fault so presumed it was a fault on the board. Today I realised I had mixed up the front & rear cameras and had transferred the rear camera as well as the board. Tried the rear camera out of another iPhone and bingo - problem solved. All that time & research and it was only a 2 minute job to fix it!!

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My iphone 5s ios 10.11 same condition flash is not working ! And back camera is showing that iphone needs to cool down before you can use the flash i want a solution for this help me

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same here didn't work,,,

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I have been having this same issue for over a month ago and even after surfing online for the solution and trying them(changing battery, hard reset including all the solutions here) nothing worked. Yesterday while checking up fixes on YouTube I saw a recent video on how to fix this issue and it actually worked for me. Hope it works for others too.. video link:

https://youtu.be/lQbAd8Ws5Ek

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I m having this problem too on iPhone 5s iOS 10.1.1 main camera not working flash disabled coz phone needs to cool down

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I have been having this same issue for over a month ago and even after surfing online for the solution and trying them(changing battery, hard reset including all the solutions here) nothing worked. Yesterday while checking up fixes on YouTube I saw a recent video on how to fix this issue and it actually worked for me. Hope it works for others too.. video link:

https://youtu.be/lQbAd8Ws5Ek

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I cant understand the audio on the vid pls elaborate it here pls i really need it

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