A flashlight has long been one of the most helpful things that you can have on your smartphone, although it was not included by default in early versions of the iOS software. It was usually added as a third-party app, but Apple eventually decide to include the functionality as a default feature. But the iPhone’s flashlight is hidden on a menu that you may not be familiar with, called the Control Center.
Our guide will show you how to open the Control Center so that you can turn on the flashlight and start using it. The light comes from the LED on the back of your device, and is the same light source that creates the flash when you take a picture.
How to Use the iPhone Flashlight
Device used: iPhone 6 Plus
Software version: iOS 9.1
The steps in this article will show you how to turn the iPhone flashlight on from the Control Center on your device. You can then turn the flashlight off when you are finished using it by tapping the same button again.
- Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone’s screen to reveal the Control Center.
- Tap the flashlight icon in the bottom row of icons in the Control Center.
The Control Center can be activated from the Home screen on your iPhone, from within an open app, and from the lock screen. If you are unable to access the Control Center from the lock screen or within an app, then you may have turned those options off in the Control Center menu. You can configure the Control Center options by navigating to Settings > Control Center, then turning on the options that you would like to use.
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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.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office and many other popular applications and devices.