An iPhone flashlight is a small but awesome part of what the iPhone can do. You don’t need a new iPhone for this to work, but if you own an iPhone 4 or newer you can use your iPhone flashlight fast and turn it off faster with a few essential tips.
We use the iPhone flashlight as our go to flashlight for walks, finding small things we dropped, calling attention to our position and much more. The flashlight is as useful as many of the apps we keep on our iPhone.
This short guide will show you how to use the iPhone flashlight, how to turn off the iPhone flashlight fast and what you need to know about iPhone flashlight apps.
Unless you are using a very old iPhone with very old software you already have a flashlight installed and ready to use without the need to unlock your iPhone.
Here are five essential iPhone flashlight tips for every iPhone user to remember. This works on iOS 7, iOS 8 and iOS 9 on the iPhone 4 and newer all the way up to the iPhone 6s. In iOS 10 you can use 3D Touch to change the brightness of the iPhone flashlight. The iOS 10 release date is in fall 2016.
How to Use the iPhone Flashlight
You can use the iPhone flashlight without unlocking the iPhone. Apple includes a shortcut to turn the iPhone flashlight on in a second. Once you know where it is you will be ready to use the flashlight without even looking at your iPhone.
With the iPhone screen on swipe up from the bottom edge of the iPhone.
Now you are looking at Control Center. This offers an array of shortcuts to common tasks and activities, including the iPhone flashlight.
Tap on the iPhone flashlight icon in the bottom left. When the icon is white the flashlight is on and when it is grey it is off.
After you tap on it once, turn the iPhone towards you to see the flash on at full brightness that allows you to use the iPhone as a flashlight. You can turn the iPhone screen off and use the iPhone flashlight as long as you need it.
When you done, you need to turn the screen on, swipe up and tap on the flashlight icon to turn it off. Make sure you don’t leave the iPhone flashlight on for long periods as it can quickly drain your iPhone battery.
Can My iPhone Flashlight Burn Out?
A common question we hear is, “Can my iPhone flashlight burn out?” The only way your iPhone flashlight will stop working is if the iPhone battery dies, and then only until you charge the iPhone back up.
The iPhone flashlight uses the iPhone flash to illuminate your path. This uses an LED to provide the light, which lasts longer than a bulb you would place in your house or one that you would find in a cheap flashlight.
According to Bulbs.com, “Many LEDs have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours.” To put that in perspective, a typical LED can last almost six years of constant use. It is unlikely that you will use the iPhone flashlight for six year’s straight, so there is little chance of the iPhone flashlight burning out or damaging your iPhone camera flash.
How to Turn the iPhone Flashlight Off Fast
You can always turn the iPhone flashlight off with the Control Center, but there is a faster way to turn off the iPhone flashlight. You just need to activate the iPhone camera, or almost activate the iPhone camera. On the home screen there is a small icon that lets you open the camera app. If you swipe it halfway up, the camera app starts to open. This turns off the iPhone flashlight immediately.
You can then slide the camera icon back down to stop from opening the camera. If you slide it all the way up, you can just press the power button to close the camera app and turn the screen off.
Turn the iPhone Flashlight Into a Lantern
You can turn the single beam from the iPhone flashlight into a lantern with a bottle of water. You need a full plastic bottle of water and a rubber band for this to work.
Take the iPhone and rubber band it to the bottle of water with the flash pointing into the water, and not into the label. Turn the flashlight on and you’ll see the water sends the light into a broader area like a lantern would. Check out other uses for the iPhone flash.
iPhone Flashlight Apps
“Do I need an iPhone flashlight app?” and “Are iPhone flashlight apps safe?” are two common questions we hear from friends, family and readers.
If you are on iOS 7, iOS 8 and iOS 9 you don’t need a special iPhone flashlight app to use your phone as a flashlight. Apple builds this in to the phone as we’ve shown above.
In 2014 we heard a lot of concerns about flashlight apps spying on users, but for the most part this is not a major concern. Yes, there are opportunities for apps to ask for access to your personal information, but before a flashlight app can use most of your data it will need your permission. Don’t give it permission and you will not need to worry about it.
Unless you need special features like a flashing iPhone flashlight or something to automate morse code, you can just use the built-in iPhone flashlight app from Apple.
What's New in iOS 10.1
This is a list of what's new in iOS 10.1, including new features like Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus and a number of important fixes for the iPhone and iPad.
Camera and Photos
Other improvements and fixes
Keep reading to check out the iOS 10 features and iOS 10.1 features that these updates offer.