Using the iPhone as a flashlight: this is how you do it

You can turn the iPhone into a flashlight or a flashlight. To do this, use the camera’s flash light or a brightly lit screen. In this tip you can read how to turn on and use your iPhone flashlight.

With the iPhone, you always have a flashlight at hand, making it easier to find the keyhole of the front door or car door in the dark. Or check in the cinema whether you really didn’t miss anything at the end of the film. There are two ways to use the iPhone as a flashlight: with the camera’s built-in flash or by making the screen as bright as possible. This tip explains it.

  • Access screen
  • Control panel
  • Siri
  • Camera
  • Apps
  • Brightness

Flashlight on iPhone lock screen

On the lock screen of iPhones with Face ID you will find a button for the flashlight. The button is at the bottom left. By briefly putting your finger on it, you switch the flashlight on and off again. You can find this button on the iPhone X and later.

Flashlight on iPhone lock screen

iPhone as a flashlight: quick method via the Control Center

In the Control Panel you will find all kinds of frequently used functions. Control Center becomes visible when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen or on iPhone X, swipe down from the top right corner.

You use the flashlight in the Control Panel as follows:

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Tap the flashlight icon.
  3. For extra brightness, press the flashlight button firmly or for a long time and set the strength of the lamp.

Can’t see the button in the Control Panel? You can customize the Control Panel to add the flashlight button.

Flashlight on the Control Panel

Nice detail: the miniature switch on the flashlight icon also switches from OFF to ON. Tap the icon again to turn off the flashlight function. If you want to quickly turn off the flashlight, there is a handy trick for that.

Adjust the brightness of the flashlight

You can easily adjust the brightness of the flashlight. For this you need at least iOS 10. You need to turn on the flashlight from the Control Panel, as explained above. Press a little harder or longer on the button that turns on the flashlight and a vertical bar will appear. You can move it up or down to change the brightness of the lamp.

Turn on iPhone flashlight via Siri

Since iOS 12, you can also easily switch the flashlight on and off via Siri. Use the side button, home button or Hey Siri and say Turn on flashlight. The flashlight turns on immediately with Siri confirming this again on the screen. If you want the flashlight off again, you simply say Turn off flashlight.

iPhone as a flashlight: via the Camera app

You can also turn on the flashlight via the Camera app. This works as follows:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Scroll to the video option (you don’t have to start filming).
  3. Turn on the flash using the button with the lightning bolt.
  4. When you’re done, exit the Camera app and the flash will automatically turn off.

You could also turn on the flash by taking a photo, but the flash will only be active for a very short time.

Flashlight apps for your iPhone

There are all kinds of apps that make it easier to start the flash. You tap an app icon and the flash lights up immediately. An example of this is the Flashlight app (link), which also has an Apple Watch app. Most flashlight apps date back to the time when the option was not yet present by default. Many apps are therefore outdated and offer little or no extra options.

But you may find a separate app with only one function a bit too much. In that case, we recommend the Launch Center Pro app (link). This app has a shortcut to the flashlight (‘flashlight’), but you can also create all kinds of shortcuts to apps and activities. This way you can quickly post a message on Twitter, start a new iMessage or call a contact. Useful!

Use iPhone screen as light

Is the flashlight inconvenient for you? Then you can also use the screen as a flashlight. This also works with iOS devices without a flash, such as an iPad. You do this as follows:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Brightness and Background.
  3. Set the brightness slider to maximum.
  4. When you’re done, set the brightness back to normal strength.

For this method, we prefer to adjust the brightness via the Settings, because the screen is then immediately light in color.

The brightness slider is also accessible from the aforementioned Control Panel. Do you want an extra boost in your screen brightness? Then you scroll to an empty webpage or a screen that is mostly white.

You can also use the Apple Watch as a flashlight, but because there is no flash light in it, you will also have to use the screen.


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