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How to Safely Fix the 'Unknown Part' Warning on Your iPhone Camera?

May 15, 2023

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The Apple iPhone is one of the most popular and widely used smartphones in the world due to its easy-to-use operating system, exceptional security system, flawless design, and outstanding cameras. According to the most recent statistics, 30.44% of smartphone users worldwide use an Apple iPhone, which means that more than three out of four smartphone users own an Apple iPhone.


If you are an iPhone user or technician, you might have come across an 'Unknown Part' warning message on your camera or your customer. This message is an important camera message that can appear from the iPhone 12 and later series. It can be quite alarming for iPhone owners, and it might affect the device's performance, causing trouble in taking photos. In this article, we'll discuss what this message means, how to solve it, and how to prevent it from appearing on your iPhone camera.


Why is My iPhone Showing the Unknown Part of the Camera?

The Apple iPhone has one of the best cameras on the market. There are a number of possible reasons why an unknown part issue could occur.


  • Manufacturing Defect: This kind of problem could happen during the production process, a camera may contain a part that has been incorrectly included or installed. It may occur as a result of human error or a quality control issue. Even a number of iPhone 14 users have reported this problem.
  • Software Glitch: While Apple regularly updates its IOS operating system with new features and bug fixes, this issue may arise as a result of new policies or bugs within the software. The problem has been reported by some Apple users on Apple's community forum after the phone was upgraded to the newest operating system.
  • Modification or Repair: Either the original or third-party rear camera replacement can cause this issue to appear.


How to check your iPhone's parts and service history

Users of Apple devices have the ability to view their iPhone parts and service history. If you would like to determine which components of your iPhone are genuine, please go to settings > General > About > PARTS AND SERVICE HISTORY history. It is possible that the results of parts and service history can vary depending on the iPhone model and IOS version. The complete list can be found on Apple's official website.


What to look for in the service history to diagnose the Unknown Part warning issue

If you are experiencing the "important camera message" on your iPhone camera, you can check the service history to diagnose the problem. Look for any different messages related to your iPhone camera, display message, parts, and battery. Check when the last software update was done and whether any replacement parts were installed. The service history will reveal which parts have been replaced or repaired on your iPhone and not original part of Apple.


Does the service history show all parts that have been replaced or repaired on my iPhone?

Yes, the service history shows all the parts that have been replaced or repaired on your iPhone. It is useful in diagnosing the 'Unknown Part' warning issue and can guide you on how to repair it.


How to fix the 'Unknown Part' warning on your iPhone Camera

Despite what we have said previously, it does not have an adverse effect on usability. However, if you are concerned and would like to fix the problem, there are some methods that can be used according to the situation. 


If you've got an important message on your iPhone Camera, you can rectify it by replacing the affected part with an original OEM part. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to resolve the issue:


  • Go to the Apple support website and find a service center or authorized repair shop near you.
  • Take your iPhone to the service center or authorized repair shop and request an original OEM replacement part.
  • Wait for the repair to be done and ensure that the 'Unknown Part' warning message no longer appears on your iPhone Camera.


Note: You can check the warranty status of your iPhone online. If the warranty has expired, you will need to pay a service fee to have the repair done. It's important to note that the service fee may vary depending on the model of your iPhone.


Repair the "Unknown Part" Message After Replacing iPhone Rear Camera

In a study conducted by REWA Technology, it has been found that 99% of the rear cameras on the market are produced by Apple OEM factories. We have therefore made a video tutorial based on our experience and expertise in order to assist our honorable customers in solving this common problem.


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In this video tutorial we used iPhone 12 to perform this repair. Please watch the full video below for a better understanding.



Preventing the 'Unknown Part' warning from appearing on your iPhone Camera


Tips to extend the lifespan of your iPhone Camera and its components

You can prevent the 'Unknown Part' warning from appearing on your iPhone camera by taking the following steps:


  • Avoid using low-quality third-party parts and accessories with your iPhone.
  • Update your iPhone's software to the latest iOS version regularly.
  • Avoid dropping, wetting, or exposing your iPhone to extreme temperatures.
  • Use iPhone-compatible charging cables and adapters.
  • Avoid overcharging your iPhone battery and try to maintain it between 20-80% battery life.


Frequently Asked Questions

What does the warning indicate about my iPhone's performance?

The important camera message indicates that iPhone is unable to be verified. In spite of the fact that this does not affect the usability of your iPhone camera, you can continue to use it to take photos and videos as before. 


Is it safe to continue using my iPhone Camera after getting the 'Unknown Part' warning?

While you can still use your iPhone camera after getting the 'Unknown Part' warning, it is not advisable. The warning indicates that there is an issue with the camera's hardware, and it may affect your device's performance in the long run. As such, it is recommended that you fix the problem as soon as possible.


Can I repair the issue on my own, or do I need professional help?

Attempting to correct the Unknown Part warning issue on your own is not advisable, as it can potentially damage your device further. Instead, you should seek the help of a professional or an authorized repair shop.


What parts of the iPhone are most likely to cause the 'Unknown Part' warning message?

The parts of the iPhone that are most likely to cause the 'Unknown Part' warning message are the battery, screen, and camera modules. These components are functionally essential, and if they are not original or are not working correctly, they can cause the warning message to appear.


When to update your iPhone's software to prevent the 'Unknown Part' warning

It is suggested that you update your iPhone's software to the latest iOS version regularly, as new software updates usually fix bug issues, which might prevent the 'Unknown Part' warning from appearing on your iPhone camera.


What are some signs that the 'Unknown Part' warning indicates a more serious issue?

Suppose you experience other issues with your iPhone, such as a crashing app or an unresponsive screen. In that case, it may indicate that the 'Unknown Part' notification is related to a more serious issue. In such cases, it is recommended that you visit the Apple Store or seek professional help to diagnose and fix the issue.


How can I know if my iPhone is still covered by warranty?

You can check if your iPhone is still covered by warranty by going to the Apple website, clicking on 'Check Coverage,' and entering your device's serial number. The website will indicate if your device is still covered by warranty or not.


What to expect when taking your iPhone to the Apple Store or professional repair service

When you take your iPhone to the Apple Store or professional repair service, you can expect a thorough inspection of your device to diagnose the cause of the 'Unknown Part' warning. If the matter is related to a replaceable part, they will replace it with an original OEM part. The replacement cost will depend on whether your device is still covered by warranty or not.



We at REWA Tech are always pleased to share new and innovative products as well as guides that could assist professionals in repairing or solving any problem. As shown above, REWA LAB has shared the latest solution for solving the "Unknown Part" message on the repair market. Feel free to share your opinion and stay tuned to REWA Technology. 

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