If you want to shed some light, this is a good place to start using your iPhone’s built-in flashlight. Here’s how to find and turn on your flashlight with just a few taps.
Turn on the flashlight in Control Center
Every Apple iPhone model made in recent years has a flashlight feature that uses the LED camera flash on the back of the phone to illuminate the space around you. The easiest way to control this flashlight on all iPhone models is to use the Control Center, a dedicated shortcut screen that allows you to quickly change or adjust settings. However, how to access the Control Center varies by iPhone model.
To open the Control Center on an iPhone SE (or iPhone 8 and below), swipe up from the bottom of the screen with one finger. To open Control Center on iPhones with Face ID (iPhone X and later), swipe down from the top right corner of the screen with one finger.
When Control Center appears, look for the flashlight icon at the bottom of the screen. Tap it once to turn on the flashlight.
Tip: If you don’t see the flashlight icon in Control Center, you can navigate to Settings > Control Center and then tap “Flashlight” in the list to add it.
Tap the same icon in Control Center again to turn off the flashlight. In addition, you can control the brightness of the flashlight by tapping and holding the flashlight icon until a slider appears.
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Enable Flashlight on iPhone Lock Screen
For iPhones with Face ID (iPhone X, XR, XS, 11, 12, 13 and later), you can use a special icon on your lock screen to turn on your flashlight. To do this, press and hold the flashlight icon until the light comes on.
To turn it off, long press the flashlight icon on the lock screen again. When the light turns on or off, you’ll feel a moment of haptic feedback to let you know.
There are also more creative ways to turn on your flashlight, such as using the Back Tap feature to turn it on and off with a few taps. However you operate the flashlight, it’s good to know that you can quickly find your way in the dark when you need it. Good luck, and stay safe out there!
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