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On multiple occasions, the native camera applications opens itself. This can even happen when the phone is locked and posed an a table. Is there a way to prevent this problem, or is this a harware one ?

  • Is the camera button loose, or does it launch on a hair-trigger? If so, it could be the button. Also what model phone do you have? – caschw Apr 22 '14 at 18:39
  • A lumia 520. I thought about the button, but it is stuck and doesn't launch camera when I push it. – fxm Apr 22 '14 at 18:41
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    If it is stuck, it could very easily be stuck in a position which is causing your issues. Also, you should be able to take the back cover off, which supports the button, and reposition it. – caschw Apr 22 '14 at 19:34
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Sometimes buttons can get jammed, if you get a crumb (or something else) stuck in there, which makes the phone think it's constantly being depressed.

For phones that have a removable cover (like the 520), removing the cover, and cleaning with a dry microfiber cloth may dislodge it.

For phones that do not have a removable cover, the best option would be to take it to an authorised repair centre, who might charge you an extortionate amount to do the same - if you're brave, and don't mind risking voiding any warranty, you might be able to dislodge anything fouling the button with a mini-vacuum, or air blower (similar to those used for cleaning DSLR sensors). If you do try this approach use the minimum amount of force required, to risk damaging the device - if you're unsure, take it to a servicing professional.

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You can try changing the side button. I had similar issues, Nokia store replaced that faulty button

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