4 ways to turn on the flashlight on an iPhone

If you find yourself in the dark, literally, and without any light sources around except your iPhone, you might want to turn on its flashlight. Do you know how to do it? It is not complicated, and in this tutorial, we are going to show you just how easy it is. Here are four different ways to turn the flashlight on your iPhone on and off, and also how to adjust its brightness level:

NOTE: To create this guide, we used an iPhone SE running on iOS 12.3.1. If you own a different model of iPhone or run a different iOS version, things might look different on your smartphone, but the basics should remain the same.

1. Turn on the flashlight on your iPhone from the Control Center

To turn the flashlight on, open the Control Center. If you have an iPhone X or later, swipe from the top of the screen. If you have an older iPhone, like the iPhone 8, swipe from the bottom of the screen.

Opening the Control Center on an iPhone SE

In the Control Center, tap on the flashlight button and the flash on your iPhone lights up instantly.

The flashlight button from the iPhone Control Center

To turn the flashlight off, press the flashlight button from the Control Center once more.

Turning off the flashlight from the iPhone Control Center

2. Start the flashlight on your iPhone by asking Siri

iOS also lets you turn the flashlight on by asking Siri to perform this task. Say "Hey Siri," and then something like "Turn on the flashlight."

If Siri understood you correctly, she turns the flashlight on and tells you that "It's on."

Asking Siri to turn on the flashlight

Similarly, if you want to stop the flashlight on your iPhone, say "Hey Siri," followed by "Turn off the flashlight." After shutting the flashlight off, Siri tells you that "It's off."

Asking Siri to turn off the flashlight

3. Turn on the flashlight on your iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, from the lock screen

If you happen to own an iPhone X, XS, XS Max, or XR, there's another, sometimes faster way of turning on the flashlight, directly from the lock screen. On these iPhone models, the lock screen displays a flashlight button on the bottom left corner of the screen. To turn it on or off, tap the flashlight button.

The flashlight button on the lock screen of an iPhone X

One neat little feature about the flashlight on the iPhone is that you can adjust its brightness. To learn how, read the next section of this tutorial.

BONUS: adjust the brightness level of the flashlight on your iPhone

In iOS 12, you can also adjust the brightness of your flashlight. To do that, first, open the Control Center on your iPhone. Then, tap and hold on the flashlight button.

Adjusting the brightness of the flashlight, on an iPhone

Your iPhone should then display a new screen where you can see a slider with a few levels. Slide your finger up or down to adjust the flashlight's level of brightness.

Adjusting the brightness of the flashlight on an iPhone

Note that you can adjust the brightness level regardless of whether the flashlight is on or off.

4. Install an app that can turn on the flashlight on your iPhone

You might prefer to install and use an app that can enable the flashlight on your iPhone. Tapping on an app on your iPhone's home screen might often be a lot faster than having to open the Control Center or asking Siri to turn on the flashlight. Fortunately, there are plenty of flashlight apps in the App Store. Open the App Store, type flashlight in its search field and wait for the results to appear. Then choose one of the Flashlight apps that you like, and tap Get to install it on your iPhone.

Searching and installing a flashlight app from the App Store

After the app is installed, you can open it from your iPhone home screen.

A Flashlight app installed and available on the home screen of an iPhone

Usually, these types of apps are easy to use, and give you is a screen with a Turn On/Off button for the flashlight.

What a Flashlight app's interface looks like

Note that you might also get some other flashlight modes such as SOS or strobe modes, so if that sounds interesting to you, make sure to check every feature offered by the flashlight app that you decide to install.

Do you know other ways to turn on the flashlight on an iPhone?

This is what we know about enabling and disabling the flashlight on an iPhone. If you know other methods, do not hesitate to share them in a comment. Also, if you have any questions regarding the flashlight feature on iPhones, ask below.

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