How to Turn Flashlight On & Off on Your iPhone

You can turn off your flashlight on the iPhone in the same place that you turn the iPhone flashlight on—in Control Center. If you’re wondering how to access the flashlight on your iPhone, you do so by opening Control Center, which is opened by swiping up from the bottom of your screen, or down from the top if you have an iPhone X. 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, iPhone 8, iPhone X, and Plus models. There’s also a quick way to turn off the flashlight on the iPhone, which we’ll go over below. Here’s how to turn on the flashlight and turn off the flashlight on iPhone.

Related: How to Access Flashlight & Camera from Lock Screen on iPhone X

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How to Turn On Flashlight on iPhone 

To access the Flashlight on the 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 the Home Screen, or it may work within apps and from the Lock screen. (Follow these instructions to enable or disable Control Center access on the Lock screen and in Apps.)

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

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  • To access the Control Center on the iPhone X, swipe down diagonally from the upper right corner of your display to the center of the screen.

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You may or may not have the Flashlight in your Control Center, but if you'd like to add it, read this tip for customizing your Control Center.

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.

Lock Screen Flashlight: iPhone X

If you own an iPhone X, you have another way to turn your flashlight on, from your Lock Screen! 

  • Activate the Lock screen by raising the iPhone to wake or pressing the Side button.

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  • Once you're on the Lock Screen, simply tap the flashlight icon to turn the flashlight on.

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Ready to turn off the flashlight on the 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 the Flashlight from your Lock Screen. Otherwise, you turn off the Flashlight the same way you turned it on. Here’s how to turn off the Flashlight on your iPhone:

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

  • Tap the flashlight icon to turn the light off.

  • For the iPhone X, swipe diagonally down from the top right of your screen to open your Control Center again.
  • Tap the flashlight icon to turn the light off.

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How to Quickly Turn Off Flashlight on iPhone (iOS 11)

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 the Lock screen, swipe left as though to access the Camera.  You don’t have to complete the swipe and open the 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 version 6s or later, you can use 3D Touch to change the brightness of your iPhone’s flashlight. To do this:

  • Swipe up to open Control Center, or down if you have the iPhone X.

  • 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 11?

There’s been some confusion as to where the iPhone flashlight has gone in iOS 11. This confusion is spurred by the changes in Control Center, which is now customizable. If you open your Control Center and can't find the flashlight, don't worry, you can get it back! Just follow this tip to put your flashlight back in Control Center where you want it.

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 and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.