How to Turn Flashlight On & Off on iPhone

You can turn off flashlight on iPhone in the same place that you turn the iPhone flashlight on—Control Center. If you’re wondering how to access flashlight on iPhone, you do so by opening Control Center, which is opened by swiping up from the bottom of your screen. The flashlight on iPhone is a simple feature that’s extremely useful in a number of situations. All iPhones have the flashlight feature, including older models like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, as well newer models such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 7, and Plus models. There’s also a quick way to turn off flashlight on iPhone, which we’ll go over below. Here’s how to turn on flashlight and turn off flashlight on iPhone.

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How to Turn the iPhone Flashlight On

To access the Flashlight on iPhone, we first need to open Control Center. From there, you can turn on the Flashlight with a single tap.

  • Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center.

    • Depending on your settings, this may only work from Home Screen, or it may work within apps and from Lock screen. To check these settings, open the Settings app, tap Control Center.

  • Locate the icon that looks like a flashlight and tap it.

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The light on iPhone will now be on. You can close Control Center, Lock your phone, visit other apps and the iPhone flashlight will remain turned on. Ready to turn off flashlight on iPhone? The next part shows you how.

How to Turn Off Flashlight on iPhone

You can turn off the flashlight on iPhone from Control Center or use the tip below this one to quickly and easily turn off Flashlight from Lock Screen. Otherwise, you turn off flashlight the same way you turned it on. Here’s how to turn off flashlight on iPhone:

  • Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center.

  • Tap the flashlight icon to turn the light off.

How to Quickly Turn Off Flashlight on iPhone (iOS 10)

The iPhone's built-in flashlight can come in handy in all sorts of situations. But since your iPhone usually goes to sleep while you’re completing these tasks, opening Control Center to turn off the flashlight when you are finished can feel like too many steps—especially if you prefer not to allow access to Control Center from your lock screen. Here’s how to turn off your iPhone’s flashlight without opening control center.

  • Press the Sleep/Wake button, Home button, or if you have raise to wake turned on, simply lift up your iPhone.

  • From Lock screen, swipe left as though to access the Camera.  You don’t have to complete the swipe and open Camera for the flashlight to turn off—just swipe the screen halfway and let it go.

The flashlight will turn off and you’ll still be on Lock screen.

How to Change iPhone Flashlight Brightness with 3D Touch

If you have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus or an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you can use 3D Touch to change the brightness of your iPhone’s flashlight. To do this:

  • Swipe up to open Control Center.

  • 3D Touch the flashlight icon.

  • The brightness options will pop up: Bright Light, Medium Light, and Low Light.

  • Select the brightness you desire.

Where is Flashlight on iPhone with iOS 10?

There’s been some confusion as to where the iPhone flashlight has gone in iOS 10. This confusion is spurred by the changes in Control Center, which now has multiple tabs. If you swipe up and open Control Center, you may come across the Music tab and wonder where the Flashlight has gone. Simply swipe right and you’ll return to the good ‘ol Control Center you know and love. Then simply tap the flashlight icon to turn on the light.


What other questions regarding the iPhone flashlight do you have? Let us know in the comments and we’ll answer!

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for savvyvegetarian.com and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.