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How to Turn your iPhone into Flashlight | Detailed Guide for 2021

Stuck in the dark with nothing but your iPhone and need to find something quick? You don’t need a flashlight anymore as you can turn your iPhone into one. I am pretty sure many know how to use the flashlight feature on their iPhone but there’s more to it than just switching it on on your Control Center.

Did you know that you can use Siri to turn on your iPhone’s flashlight and that you can easily turn it on from the lock screen? Sometimes the flashlight icon might be missing from your Control Center, and there is a fix for this too. And there’s more. This article is a deep dive into everything about the iPhones flashlight.

This article will help you use your iPhone’s flashlight more effectively and in a better way. So read on to know how to turn your iPhone into flashlight.

How to Turn your iPhone into Flashlight

How to locate the flashlight on your iPhone?

If you remember older touchpad phones had the flashlight on the top of the phone for easy pointed use, but nowadays the LED/flashlights on smartphones like iPhones have two use cases, one is to act as a Camera flash so that you can take better pictures at night and the other is as a flashlight, so that they can help you in the dark.

For both purposes, there is only one source and that is located near your iPhone’s camera module. You can visibly spot it easily, so make sure not to block it when taking pictures or when using it as a flashlight for the best results and functionality.

How to Turn Your iPhone into Flashlight using Siri

This is the best way to turn your iPhone into a flashlight when it is dark. You can just tell Siri to turn on the flashlight without having to fumble in the dark with your iPhone. You can either use Hey Siri or activate Siri using your Home or the Side button to give the command.

Using Hey Siri

To turn on your iPhone flashlight using Hey Siri, just say any of the following or similar commands.

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  • “Hey Siri, turn on my flashlight.”
  • “Hey Siri, will you turn on my flashlight?”

To turn off your iPhone flashlight using Hey Siri, you can say these,

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  • “Hey Siri, turn off the flashlight.”
  • “Hey, Siri, shut off the flashlight.”

Without Hey Siri (Using the Power or Side button)

If you don’t have the voice-activated Hey Siri option turned on, even then you can ask Siri to turn on the flashlight by doing this,

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To turn on your iPhone flashlight, press and hold the Home or Side button on your iPhone to activate Siri, and you can ask Siri to turn the flashlight on.

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To turn off your iPhone flashlight, press and hold the Home or Side button on your iPhone to activate Siri, and you can ask Siri to turn the flashlight off.

How to Turn Your iPhone into Flashlight using Control Center

If you don’t want to ask Siri to turn on/off the flashlight on your iPhone, you can also do it by using the Control Center on your iPhone. Using Control Center might be different on different iPhone models, so I will explain all the possible ways.

On iPhones with Face ID, follow these steps to use flashlight using Control Center,

Step 1 Swipe down from the upper right corner of your iPhone screen to open the Control Center.

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Step 2 Tap on the Flashlight icon to turn it on.

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Step 3 To turn off the flashlight, tap on the Flashlight icon again.

On iPhones with a Home Button, follow these steps,

Step 1 Swipe up from the bottom edge of your iPhone screen to bring up the Control Center.

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Step 2 Here, tap on the Flashlight icon to turn it on.

Step 3 If you want to turn off the flashlight, tap on the Flashlight icon again.

How to Turn your iPhone into Flashlight when it is Locked

If your iPhone is locked and you have switched off Control Center and Siri access on the lock screen, then it can be a chore to unlock your iPhone and then open Control Centre or bring up Siri and then turn on the flashlight.

In case of an emergency, you need the flashlight to be on as soon as possible, which you can do from the lock screen itself if needed. If you want to turn on your iPhone flashlight from the lock screen itself, there are two methods, one for iPhones with Home Button and one for iPhones with Face ID.

For iPhones with Home Button:

On older iPhones, you couldn’t turn off the Control Center for Lock Screen so you could still swipe up from the bottom to access it.

Step 1 Swipe up from the bottom on your lock screen.

Step 2 Tap on the flashlight icon to turn it on.

Step 3 Tap on the flashlight icon again to turn it off.

You have to manually turn off the flashlight else it will stay on.

For iPhones with Face ID:

The newer iPhone models, that is the models with Face ID, which are iPhone X and later have a faster way to use the flashlight.

Step 1 You need to wake up your screen, you can do this either by clicking on the side button or if you have Raise to Wake turned on, lifting your iPhone will be enough.

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Step 2 You’ll notice a flashlight icon on the bottom left corner of your screen. Tap this icon to turn on the flashlight.

Step 3 Tap on the icon again if you want to turn the flashlight off.

Turning on the flashlight from the lock screen is the quickest way, so I would advise you to learn this method for emergencies.

How to Quickly Turn off Flashlight without using Siri or Control Center

If you accidentally turn on your flashlight or want to switch it off quickly especially when your iPhone is locked. There is a nifty little trick that you can use to switch off the flashlight on your iPhone in seconds.

Your iPhone has only one LED at the back that serves as both the camera flash and the flashlight. So if you open your iPhone’s camera app then it will turn off the flashlight. Here’s how you can do this,

Step 1 Press the Side Button on your iPhone to wake the screen up. On new iPhones, if you have Raise to Wake feature then you can use that to access the Lock Screen.

Step 2 Once you have access to the lock screen, swipe left halfway to open the Camera and let go of it.

Step 3 This will turn off the flashlight and won’t open the Camera app, so you’ll still be on the Lock Screen.

This is the fastest and one of the most effective ways to turn of your iPhone flashlight.

How to Add Flashlight Icon to Control Center if it’s Missing

If you can’t find the flashlight icon on the Control Center of your iPhone, you can add it back using the Settings app. To re-enable the flashlight icon in Control Center, to do the following,

Step 1 Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2 Tap on the Control Center option.

Step 3 Now, scroll down to Flashlight and tap on the green circle with the ‘+’ sign to activate it.

Step 4 The flashlight icon should be added to your iPhones Control Center.

You can check and use the flashlight icon to activate or deactivate your iPhone’s flashlight.

How to Change the Brightness of your iPhone Flashlight

If you feel that your iPhones flashlight is not bright enough or too bright, you can adjust the brightness level. To do this, follow the below steps,

Step 1 Open the Control Center on your iPhone. Swipe down from the upper right corner of your screen on iPhones with Face ID or sipe up from the bottom of your screen on iPhones with Home Button.

Step 2 Press and hold the Flashlight icon for a few seconds.

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Step 3 Adjust the brightness of your iPhone flashlight by dragging the slider up or down.

You have to manually do this as you can’t adjust the brightness of your flashlight yet, but let’s hope Apple adds that feature in the future.

Conclusion

So, there you have it, a detailed guide on everything related to your iPhones and their flashlight feature. You can now turn on the flashlight on any iPhone with ease. You can use Siri, Control Center, or Lock Screen to turn on and off your flashlight quickly when needed.

You now know some tricks like how to quickly turn off your flashlight from the Lock Screen, how to add the icon to the Control Center if it’s missing, and how to adjust the brightness of the flashlight, these are some tips you have not known before.

So, you can now be an expert when it comes to navigating in the dark with all the knowledge you have about your iPhone’s flashlight.

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