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iPhone 4 Crashes with Flash Photos

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Hey Maccast Community,

 

I've noticed a problem with my newly-acquired iPhone 4 (AT&T, 16GB). Whenever I go to take a flash photo (by toggling the flash indicator to "On", almost without exception, the phone shuts down entirely.

 

After a reboot, and second attempt, the phone often shows the low-charge screen.

 

My first instinct was a bug in iOS 7.1, but now I'm thinking that the phone's battery needs replacement, especially when I realized that connecting the phone to power eliminated the issue.

 

If that is indeed the case, would you recommend replacing the battery myself (I'm pretty handy, but would need to purchase a pentalobe screwdriver) or taking it to the Apple Store (5 minutes away)? Or is there a way I can fix the issue without a replacement?

 

Thanks,

 

Nate

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Huskermn    33

If it's under warranty, I'd go the Apple Store route. Make sure to back it up to a computer first.

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johnfoster    48

does it DIE with a flash light app?

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johnfoster    48

I replaced a battery in an iPhone 4 the other day. it took about 5 minutes. I bought the part using Amazon. it came with the required screw driver. although I didn't need it as I had that tool already. the cost was around $12. this guide is accurate for the steps to replace it.

 

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iPhone+4+Battery+Replacement/3141

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I had a strange issue last night where the flash (which I have set to blink for alerts) wouldn't turn off after recieveing an onslaught of group messages. It remained on a strange flickering cycle until I opened up the camera, then closed it. Is it possible for the flash unit itself to be bad?

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johnfoster    48

sure. hardware going bad is often mistaken for a software issue.

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