Many iPhones feature a flash at the back, so you can take great photos in low light. Those LEDs can also be turned on to turn your iPhone into a flashlight.
However, the LED flash doesn’t always work. It’s often disabled by Low Power Mode, which disables battery-consuming features when the iPhone’s charge drops.
Turn it on
When you use your iPhone to shoot photos or videos in low light conditions, it sometimes makes sense to turn on a camera flash. The built-in LED flash on the iPhone 6 can double as a flashlight, providing a handy way to illuminate your surroundings when necessary.
You can do this in two ways: using the standard Control Center or by downloading a third-party app that enables this feature. The latter method requires an extra step, as it will also require resetting your phone’s settings, which can take some time.
Before you try this, though, it’s a good idea to check that nothing is blocking the LED flash and your back camera. For example, you may have a case on your iPhone, and it could be shifting around to prevent the flash from working. You can test this by removing the case and trying to use the flash again.
If you still can’t get the flash to work, it could be an issue with your iPhone’s hardware. In this case, you can try a reset of your iPhone’s settings.
To do this, go to the Settings app and select General. There, you’ll see the option to “Reset All Settings.” Tap it. This should bring up a pop-up that asks you to enter your passcode and Restrictions Passcode.
Once you do that, the phone will reboot. Once it restarts, you’ll be able to turn on your iPhone’s flash as normal. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you might need to contact Apple Support.
Another possibility is that your iPhone has overheated, which can cause it to disable the LED Flash. In this case, you’ll get a message saying that the Flash has been disabled until your iPhone cools down to normal operating temperatures.
This is especially important if you use your iPhone a lot and have the LED Flash enabled, as it can overheat. You can avoid this by making sure that your iPhone’s Do-Not-Disturb (DND) and Airplane mode are off, which will keep it from overheating.
It’s also a good idea to make sure that your iPhone is properly paired with Bluetooth and your Wi-Fi network & passwords are saved. These are necessary for the LED Flash feature to function.
Alternatively, you can restore your iPhone’s settings from a backup that you made previously. However, restoring your iPhone’s settings will also remove all your data from the device. This is a time-consuming process, so it’s best to do this only when you have a lot of content on your device.
Another way to turn on the LED Flash is by turning on an optional accessibility feature that uses the flash to blink and provide a visual cue for incoming notifications. This is especially useful if you’re hard of hearing or deaf and want to receive a visible alert when a notification comes in. It can also be a useful alternative to vibration alerts when you’re in a quiet place or don’t want to disturb others with ringer and vibration.
Turn it off
If you’re using your iPhone in a dark place like the movies or a theater, you probably have noticed that the LED flash can be distracting and even blinding when you get a new notification. The good news is that Apple offers a solution for this issue by adding a setting to the iPhone that allows you to turn off the LED flashlight when you receive alerts.
You can enable this feature in the Settings app by opening up the Accessibility menu and tapping Audio/Visual in the Hearing section. This setting is nested under the Accessibility category to provide accessibility features for people with hearing impairments, but it can also be used by anyone who wants to get visual notifications rather than audible ones.
Once the option is enabled, you can see it in the Settings app by opening up the Audio/Visual settings and clicking the LED Flash for Alerts button to toggle it on or off. When you’re in the right spot, it will have green shading around it, which means it’s on and you’ll be able to see your iPhone’s camera flash when an alert comes through.
However, if you don’t want the LED flash to come on when you get an alert, it’s easy to disable this setting and turn off all the vibrations that it causes. It’s a simple, straightforward process that can be done in just a few seconds.
Another method for turning off the LED flashlight is to swipe from the left side of your screen. This is a very quick and easy way to turn off your phone’s camera, so it’s ideal for people who have a lot of notifications coming in at once.
If you’re still having trouble turning off the LED flash, try swiping from the bottom of your screen instead. This is the same method as swiping from the top of your screen, but it’s a bit easier to access when you’re in the middle of something because it doesn’t require you to unlock your phone.
You can also set up an On Shortcut that will automatically turn on the LED flashlight when you receive a notification, and an Off Shortcut that will switch it off. This is a great shortcut to have on hand when you’re in the middle of something and need to check your messages without having to unlock your phone.