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Why Is My iPhone Flashlight Turning Itself On & How to Quickly Turn it Off

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Users report that the iPhone flashlight is turning itself on, or that they are accidentally turning it on frequently. While most of the reports point to the iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, this is tied into an iOS update that added the flashlight shortcut to the iPhone lock screen.

This is what you need to know about the iPhone flashlight problem some users are complaining about and what you can do about it.

So far users are asking Apple how to remove the flashlight shortcut from the iPhone X lock screen and some users are asking, “How am I accidentally turning on the flashlight?” It’s also a running joke on Twitter where Nick Wiger says, “My fav feature of the new iPhone is how simple it is to accidentally turn on the flashlight”.

What you need to know about the iPhone flashlight accidentally turning on.

What you need to know about the iPhone flashlight accidentally turning on.

If you keep accidentally turning your iPhone flashlight on, or wondering if it turns itself on, you aren’t alone. Here’s what people are saying.

There is clearly an iPhone flashlight problem for some users, but the shortcut is also loved by many users. It’s the fastest way to open the flashlight and some users find it indispensable.

On a personal note, I often will accidentally hang up on someone when I take the iPhone out of my pocket. This is likely what is happening here, just with an accidental press of the flashlight button. You can try putting the iPhone in your pocket with the bottom of the phone at the bottom of your pocket, so that you are less likely to accidentally press the flashlight button when you take it out of your pocket.

You cannot remove the iPhone flashlight shortcut from the lock screen, but if there are enough users complaining to Apple, we could see an option added to the settings on iOS 13 or a smaller iOS update later this year. It would be surprising to see Apple completely remove the shortcut for all users, but an option would make sense.

In the meantime, you can quickly shut the iPhone flashlight off by swiping halfway to the right on the iPhone 8 and older, which activates the camera briefly, turning off the flashlight.

Another option is to open the camera app from the lock screen, but you can just as easily press the flashlight icon. You can also use Siri to turn off the flashlight. Say, “Hey Siri, turn off the flashlight.” or “Hey Siri, turn off the torch.

Finally, you can go to the Control Center to turn the flashlight off, or you can 3D touch into the flashlight icon in Control Center to change the brightness of the flashlight.

11 Best iPhone XS Cases

Speck iPhone Xs Cases

Speck iPhone Xs Cases

Speck is hot out of the gates with iPhone Xs cases across the Presidio Pro, Presidio Ultra and Presidio Stay Clear line. 

The Presidio Pro is a case that is rated for 10 ft drops and it includes an antimicrobial treatment that will help keep bacteria from growing on your phone. The Presidio Ultra is a protective case with a removable bumper that protects from dust and dirt. 

If you want to show off the color of your iPhone Xs, opt for the Presidio Stay Clear, which is a clear iPhone Xs case that will show off the iPhone's beauty while still protecting from drops up to 8 ft. It also will not yellow due to UV, oil, makeup and other substances like most cases. 

Here's a full rundown of the new iPhone Xs cases from Speck. 

  • Presidio Pro ($39.95 - $44.95) -- Protective, slim case with anti-microbial protection tested to withstands drops of up to 10 feet
  • Presidio Stay Clear ($39.95 - $44.95) -- Features a new, innovative coating that resists UV-yellowing and discoloration caused by lotions and other oils
  • Presidio Ultra ($49.95 - $54.95) -- Rugged, slim case with 15-foot drop protection and 360-degree port coverage
  • Presidio V-Grip ($39.95 - $44.95) -- Protective case with a clear back to show off the device, surrounded by a grippy bumper for a secure hold
  • Presidio Grip ($39.95 - $44.95) -- Speck’s iconic angled grip geometry offers a tactile hold perfect for any device
  • Presidio Sport ($44.95 - $49.95) -- Anti-microbial finish and 360-degree port protection perfect for gym-goers and fitness enthusiasts
  • Presidio Inked ($44.95 - $49.95) -- Vivid, durable designs offer expressive style and tough protection
  • Presidio Clear + Print ($44.95 - $49.95) -- Embedded designs won’t fade or scratch
  • Presidio Clear + Glitter ($44.95 - $49.95) -- Glitter crystals embedded in the case add sparkle that won’t flake off
  • Presidio Grip + Glitter ($44.95 - $49.95) -- No-slip grip with glitter crystals embedded into the case’s polycarbonate shell
  • Presidio Show ($39.95 - $44.95) -- 10-foot drop protective case with a clear back and a bumper that seamlessly matches the iPhone
  • Presidio Wallet ($44.95 - $49.95) -- Securely holds three cards or cash, now available in a wide variety of colors
  • Presidio Folio ($44.95 - $49.95) -- Functional, stylish folio case with a secure card slot and hands-free viewing stand
  • Presidio Folio Leather ($49.95 - $54.95) -- Bonded leather exterior for an elegant look

You can also find a few CandyShell options as well as Gemshell options that start at $24.95. You can find these at Speck and at other retailers. 

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