My phone was in my pocket for the whole afternoon until one of my friends borrowed it then gave it back again then asked why did I uninstalled my Camera though I always use it. I tried to open my Camera but it always says "App not installed" I tried to find it in Google play to see if Lenovo Cameras were there but they weren't. I also opened my gallery and the same thing happened, to see... My Phone Camera and Gallery are connected. What should I do? Searched online but nothing really helps...

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I'd say your friend is making fun with you. If it's a system app (and there's usually a camera pre-installed that way), it cannot be uninstalled without root access (so you cannot have "accidentally uninstalled" those apps). He most likely disabled camera and gallery.

  1. Go to Settings → Apps
  2. Select the "All" tab (to list pre-installed apps as well)
  3. Scroll the list to find your camera app. Check whether it is marked "disabled".
    • if so: tap that entry, hit the "Enable" button, done.
  4. Repeat previous step for your gallery app

You can try 3rd party app from store like "Google Camera".. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.GoogleCamera&hl=en

Or if you are ROOTED.. then download .apk file of the Camera app and paste it into System folder and change its permission to Read Only. Then finally, Reboot.



If you do a factory reset, the stock camera app should return. The reset option is located under Settings > Backup and reset menu. You can also try third party camera apps as suggested by itsmeVPawan.

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    If the camera app truly is stock, then factory resets won't do anything because the app is located in /system while factory resets only affect /data.
    – dantis
    Commented Sep 4, 2014 at 11:50
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    Exactly that's why a factory-reset would solve it, as it resets the package state (see my answer). But thing is, you could also kill a fly using atomics :)
    – Izzy
    Commented Sep 5, 2014 at 9:07

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