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Why Is My iPhone Flashlight Not Working? Help Is On The Way!

The iPhone has a flashlight that comes in handy when you need a quick and convenient light source, although it can sometimes fail to work. If your iPhone flashlight icon is grayed out and inaccessible, or the flashlight does not work, there are a few things you can try to get it working again, regardless of which iPhone model you’re using. 

Embarrassed to Ask Why Your iPhone Flashlight Isn’t Working? We Won’t Tell

If your iPhone flashlight is not working, try restarting your iPhone. Simply press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you see the swipe off option. After your screen has gone dark and the iPhone is off, you can press and hold the Sleep/Wake button to restart it. If this doesn’t work, further troubleshooting is needed.

While not bright enough to fill a large room with light or to cast a beam dozens of feet ahead down a hiking trail, an iPhone’s flashlight creates more than enough light to help you find your dropped keys, read in a tent, light up the sidewalk ahead of you, or rock out at a concert. In this guide, we will offer some useful tips on how you can get your iPhone flashlight to work again.

Flashlight Not Working On iPhone: What to Do

iPhone flashlight not working

The flashlight issue could be both hardware and software related. If it’s due to a random software glitch, you can get rid of it by trying out some trusted software hacks. However, if it’s due to a hardware failure, you will need to contact Apple or an authorized iPhone service center. 

Keeping both these aspects in mind, here are some suggested solutions that are likely to troubleshoot the flashlight not working problem on your iPhone.

Make Sure the Camera App is Closed

As both the camera’s flash and the flashlight use the same bulb, it’s better to keep the camera app closed while activating the flashlight to prevent any possible conflict. So, if the camera app is open in the background, make sure to force quit it (swipe up from the home bar or double-press the home button to bring up the app switcher and then swipe up on the app card to kill the app).

Believe it or not, some iPhone cases/covers, accessories, and even films tend to block the flash and prevent it from working normally. So, remove any case or film and then try to use the flashlight on your iPhone. If it starts working now, your case/film was at fault, and not your iPhone. Another way to fix your iPhone’s torch if it’s not working is to try a simple restart. 

Here’s how you can restart your iPhone depending on whether it has Face ID or Touch ID. The hard reset aka force restart is slightly more effective than a simple restart when it comes to fixing weird iOS issues. Therefore, you should try this out as well.

  • On iPhone 8 or later: Press and release the volume up button. Then, press and quickly release the volume down button. After that, press and hold the side button until the Apple logo comes up on the screen.

Another quick way to test whether or not the flashlight is working is by using the control center. Moreover, you can also adjust the brightness of the flashlight by using its slider.

  • On iPhone with Face ID: Swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to access the control center.
  • On iPhone with Home Button Touch ID: Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to bring up the control center.

Now, tap the Flashlight icon to check if it’s working normally. You can also touch and hold the flashlight icon to access the slider and then ensure that the brightness is set at the highest level.

Test LED Flash by Using the Camera

You should also check whether the flash-bulb itself is working or not. One easy way to do this is to simply use your iPhone’s camera app. Here’s what to do.

  • Open the camera app on your iPhone and head into the ‘Photo’ option. Here, tap on the arrow icon (or swipe up on the viewfinder) to view extra settings.

Hopefully, your iPhone flashlight is back to normal. As I said above, if the problem is due to the ill-functioning of the software, a hard reset or software update is more than capable of resolving the issue. 

However, if it’s because of hardware failure, contacting a trusted iPhone repair center is always the right way to go. Anyway, let us know the hack that has fixed your iPhone flashlight. And if you know any other reliable solution for resolving this issue, tip us about that as well.

How To Turn On The Front Flashlight

iPhone flashlight

Tap on the lock screen to wake your iPhone, and then at bottom left there is a flashlight button. Tap and release it to turn on the flashlight.

It’s a tap and release movement: the flashlight doesn’t switch on until you’ve released the button. And when you do, you also get a haptic confirmation that you’ve turned it on.

You switch it off the same way, assuming you’re still on the lock screen. If you hold the iPhone too long, you’re likely to unlock it with Face ID and lose this option.

In that case, you need to use the Control Center for either turning the flashlight on or off. You can do this from the lock screen too, and there are benefits to it. But chiefly what Control Center does is give you the ability to turn the light on almost as quickly as you can from the lock screen. Swipe down on your screen from top right and tap on the flashlight icon to turn it on or off.

If the light is off, that icon is a black button with a white flashlight on it. If the light is on, it’s a white button with a blue flashlight icon.

There is one more direct option for using the flashlight. You can say “Hey, Siri, turn the flashlight on,” and it will do exactly that. Or off, if you ask.