The message flash on an iPhone occurs when you have text message alerts enabled on the device, and you have also enabled another setting that causes the camera flash to trigger when an alert occurs. This is a popular configuration on the iPhone 7 because it is very eye-catching, can be easier to notice when compared to a vibration or a sound, and it’s just kind of a neat effect if not a lot of other people you know are using it.
While this functionality was designed as a more effective means to notify individuals who are hard of hearing, it is available to anyone on an iPhone. So if you would like to make the camera flash go off whenever you receive a text message alert on your iPhone, then the steps in this article will show you how to enable that.
Enable the Flash for Text Messages on an iPhone 7
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.3.1. Once you have completed these steps, your iPhone will flash whenever you receive an alert. This guide will cover everything that you need to have enabled for this message flash to occur, which means that the first part of the tutorial will cover turning on alert notifications for the Messages app.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Select the Notifications option.
Step 3: Touch the Messages option.
Step 4: Select the Alerts option in the Alert Style When Unlocked section. Tap the Notifications button at the top-left of the screen when finished.
Step 5: Touch the Settings button at the top-left of the screen.
Step 6: Select the General option.
Step 7: Tap the Accessibility option.
Step 8: Scroll down to the Hearing section and choose the LED Flash for Alerts option.
Step 9: Tap the button to the right of LED Flash for Alerts to turn it on. You can also elect to enable the Flash on Silent option if you would like.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
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