Although the Pixel 6 lineup has received rave reviews, Google’s latest flagships are far from perfect. Over the past few months, we have seen several reports of Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro users facing various issues, ranging from poor fingerprint reader performance to sub-par network connectivity. While Google has fixed some of these issues through software updates, the company has yet to fix an annoying issue with the default camera app on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro that renders the device unusable.

We have come across various reports on Google support website and Reddit claiming that the default camera app on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro crashes frequently and renders the device unusable. Whenever this problem occurs, users have no choice but to restart their device which makes the ordeal rather annoying.

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Some users report that factory resetting the phone doesn’t seem to help eitherand the problem persists even after installing the February 2022 Update, which included a fix for the “issue causing the device to restart when using the camera under certain conditions. Fed up with the problem, a Pixel 6 Pro user has released a modified version of the Open Camera app that offers temporary relief to disgruntled users.

As mentioned in several reports, the problem seems to be limited to the default camera app on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Third-party camera apps, like Open Camera, seem to work as expected. However, since Open Camera doesn’t support the Pixel 6 Pro’s ultra-wide camera and has a fiddly zoom slider, it’s not an ideal alternative to the stock camera app. Luckily, the modified version of Cameron Kaiser’s open camera offers a relatively better solution.

The modified Open Camera app for the Pixel 6 Pro adds an on-screen button that makes zooming a bit easier to control. While it still doesn’t include ultra-wide camera support, it’s better than using the stock camera app for one simple reason: it doesn’t crash. So, if you have encountered this camera crashing issue on your Pixel 6 Pro, you should give it a try.

You can download the modified Open Camera app for the Pixel 6 Pro from the GitHub repository of the project. Note that the modified app only supports the Pixel 6 Pro and it will not work on the standard Pixel 6. As the developer notes, the modded Open Camera app isn’t as good as the stock camera app on the Pixel 6 Pro. But at least it works.