Several iPhone users on iOS 15 & 15.1 are now reporting yet another issue with the software. Users say that the thumbnails in the Photos app are appearing to be blurry after they upgraded to the latest OS.

As a result, those affected took to the Apple forums and Reddit to raise a complaint about it, and here are some of the reports for reference.


Ever since i updated to iOS 15.1 when i open the Photos app the thumbnails of the Albums are blurry. Never had this happen before. When i open each album and check the photos they are ok. The only problem is with the album thumbnails. Anyway to fix this? (Source)

Has anyone noticed the thumbnails for your albums in photos (iPhone 13 Pro here) since 15.1 are now displaying in low res? They used to be sharp as a tack. Nothing else has changed, the actual photos are great, it’s just the album thumbnails. It’s driving me crazy, I think I’m nuts but I’m not sure. 15.1 hasn’t fixed my random touch issues either (Source)

While for some users the thumbnails of their albums are suddenly blurred, others found that the thumbnails of their photos and videos are also blurry when they scroll through the Photos app.

According to reports (1, 2, 3, 4), this issue has been bothering users since they upgraded to iOS 15 and it remains in iOS 15.1 as well. Moreover, some also said that it’s not even fixed in iOS 15.2 beta 2.

Meanwhile, a community member on Apple forum said that this issue is bothering those who have ‘Optimize iPhone Storage’ option turned on. And due to this, iPhone is saving original photo files to iCloud, while keeping low-resolution images in the iPhone.

If this is the case with you then try the no-brainer workaround mentioned below that might help you to resolve this issue.


But if this simple workaround did not work for you then there isn’t anything else you can do, besides waiting for Apple to fix it.

However, the iPhone maker hasn’t yet acknowledged this bug and we hope that the company fixes it soon, possibly in the upcoming iOS update.

Rest assured, we will update this space as and when anything new comes to our notice regarding this issue.

In the meantime, you can also check out our dedicated iOS 15 bug tracker where we have mentioned all the issues with Apple’s latest OS along with their fixes, if any.

Note: We have more such stories in our dedicated Apple section, so make sure to follow them as well.

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